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Audemars Piguet wins the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, and an Academy is on the horizon

The “Oscars of Watchmaking” brought together the elite of the profession at the beginning of November at the Théâtre du Léman, on the occasion of the prize-giving ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. In his introductory remarks the President of the GPHG Foundation Raymond Loretan announced the creation of an academy of the profession that will be involved in the watch selection process in 2020, for the 20th edition of the GPHG (and the 20th anniversary of GMT !). Among the highlights of the evening, Audemars Piguet was acclaimed by the members of the jury, who awarded it three prizes, including the most prestigious one, but Bvlgari also distinguished itself by winning two prizes for its ladies’ and men’s watches, as did Voutilainen, whose eponymous founder appeared on stage on two occasions. The 1,200 guests all rose to applaud Luc Pettavino, founder of Only Watch, who received the Special Jury Prize and whose speech moved the entire assembly. Read the full analysis on worldtempus.com

GRAND PRIX DE L’AIGUILLE D’OR AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin


















“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix : Audemars Piguet,

Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Ladies’ Watch Prize : Chanel, J12 Calibre 12.1

Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize : MB&F, Legacy Machine FlyingT

Men’s Watch Prize : Voutilainen, 28ti

Men’s Complication Watch Prize : Audemars Piguet,

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

Iconic Watch Prize : Audemars Piguet,

Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin

Chronometry Watch Prize : Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud,

Carburised steel regulator

Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize : Hermès,

Arceau L’heure de la lune

Mechanical Exception Watch Prize : Genus, GNS1.2

Chronograph Watch Prize : Bvlgari,

Octo Finissimo Chronographe GMT Automatique

Diver’s Watch Prize : Seiko, Ligne Prospex LX Diver’s

Jewellery Watch Prize : Bvlgari, Serpenti Misteriosi Romani

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize : Voutilainen, Starry Night Vine

“Petite Aiguille” Prize : Kudoke, Kudoke 2

Challenge Watch Prize : Tudor, Black Bay P01

Innovation Prize : Vacheron Constantin,

Traditionnelle Twin Beat perpetual calendar

Audacity Prize : Urwerk, AMC

“Horological Revelation” Prize : Ming, 17.06 Copper

Special Jury Prize : Luc Pettavino,

Founder and organizer of Only Watch

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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