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The jury rewarded the exceptional

There was no shortage of emotion and surprises at the 18th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, which took place on November 9th at the Théâtre du Léman and was broadcast live on worldtempus.com. In carrying off the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, Bovet was rewarded both for its extraordinary Récital 22 Grand Récital and for its perseverance, after seeing its models nominated at the GPHG for more than ten years. Generally speaking, the jury showed a preference for exceptional timepieces and niche or independent brands rather than brands belonging to major groups. Van Cleef & Arpels shone by winning two prizes for its ladies’ watches (including a oneof- a-kind model), while Chanel, Hermès, Vacheron Constantin and Seiko also found favor with the international jury. Bulgari was one of the favorite candidate brands with five selected watches (in itself a record synonymous with success) and was sometimes surprisingly pipped at the post. Two personalities elicited a particularly enthusiastic reaction from the 1,300 spectators, indeed symbolizing a bridge between generations : Rexhep Rexhepi, watchmaker and founder of the Akrivia brand, which won the Men’s Watch Prize ; and Jean-Claude Biver. The entire gathering stood up to salute the talent and career of LVMH’s non-executive Chairman of the watch division, who gave a moving speech punctuated by tears and bursts of laughter. Finally, GMT is proud and happy about the award received by its co-founder Pierre Jacques, now at the head of De Bethune, winner of the highly significant Chronometry award for the DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon.

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix : Bovet 1822, Récital 22 Grand Récital
Revival Prize : Vacheron Constantin, Historiques Triple calendrier 1942
Innovation Prize : Krayon, Everywhere Horizon
Ladies’ Watch Prize : Chanel, Boy-friend Skeleton
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize : Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Planetarium
Men’s Watch Prize : Akrivia, Chronomètre Contemporain
Men’s Complication Prize : Laurent Ferrier, Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
Chronograph Watch Prize : Singer Reimagined, Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition
Chronometry Watch Prize : De Bethune, DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize : Greubel Forsey, Grande Sonnerie
Sports Watch Prize : Seiko, Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation
Jewellery Watch Prize : Van Cleef & Arpels, Secret de Coccinelle
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize : Hermès, Arceau Robe du soir
“Petite Aiguille” Prize : Habring2, Doppel-Felix
Challenge Watch Prize : Nomos Glashütte, Tangente neomatik 41 Update
Audacity Prize : Konstantin Chaykin, Clown
Special Jury Prize : Jean-Claude Biver, non-executive chairman of the LVMH Watch Division, chairman of Hublot and Zenith.

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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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