As you’ve presumably seen through the live feed we gave to you , today was the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, otherwise called the Oscars of the Watchmaking Industry, commending the best watches (via 12 distinct categories, for 16 unique prizes ) of the year. While in 2016 the “Aiguille d’Or” (the prize for the best watch of the year) went to Ferdinand Berthoud and their sublime FB1 watch . All things considered, if a brand can’t win twice in succession the GPHG, the “Aiguille d’Or” will, notwithstanding, stay in the possession of the Scheufele family, as the champ of the GPHG 2017 is Chopard and the impressive Full Strike .
Grand Prix/Aiguille d’Or – Chopard L.U.C Full Strike
Let’s start with the big one, the watch that has quite recently been granted as the “best watch of 2017” with the Aiguille d’Or prize, the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike. This watch, a very complex piece (as regular with the Grand Prix) is some way or another the vision of the moment repeater watch, reevaluated by Chopard: quiet and quick instrument, sapphire gongs for a completely clear solid, sublime development and decoration of the movement… This watch blends everything: customary watchmaking, with quite possibly the most traditional complications, and advancement. Bravo to Chopard and to the Family Scheufele for keeping the “Aiguille d’Or” prize in Fleurier, the home of the brand. More insights concerning the Full Strike here .
Innovation Prize – Zenith Defy Lab
The development prize, something new for this year (and supplanting the public prize) has unquestionably been made understanding what Zenith had concocted a couple of months ago… The Defy Lab. Noteworthy, imaginative, essentially never seen, notable! Numerous terms can be given to this watch that basically changes the idea of the directing organ and oscillator – more subtleties here . A silicon module, which comprises both oscillator and the anchor, takes into account low abundancy and high-frequency… and superb exactness. The entirety of that at some cost that remains generally decent.
Revival Prize – Longines Avigation BigEye
For the revival prize, the honor of the best vintage-enlivened watch of the year, the GPHG 2017 offers credit to the Longines Avigation BigEye… and plainly, this is a savvy decision. This watch takes motivation in a 1950s pilot watch, giving it an advanced contort. An exceptionally intriguing blend of current and legacy. More subtleties on the watch here .
Ladies’ Watch Prize – Chanel Premiere Camelia Skeleton
The prize for the Ladies watch (meaning non-complicated piece) at the GPHG 2017 is this year going to a very mechanical watch, the Chanel Premiere Camelia Skeleton. With its skeleton development and the very Chanel style, it unquestionably is an exceptionally alluring piece.
Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize – Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
For this category, the GPHG grants the best complication watch for ladies. This year, it is the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate, a watch with exceptionally poetical complication, including a butterfly machine. Again an attractive piece that merits its prize.
Men’s Watch Prize – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
This is a prize that was fervently challenged for this present year at the GPHG 2017. Furthermore, the champ is the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic as the best men’s watch of the year, and we couldn’t concur more! As the most slender programmed development at any point made, converged into an eminent and intense plan, it is surely perhaps the biggest astonishment we had for the current year. Congrats, this is well deserved.
Chronograph Watch Prize – Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire
The best chronograph of the GPHG 2017 goes to Parmigiani and the great Tonda Chronor Anniversaire , a coordinated, in-house split-second chronograph with lacquer dial. The development just is perhaps the most pleasant chronograph we’ve seen recently.
Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton
For the Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize, the GPHG 2017 gives the prize to another Bulgari watch, which is the most slender skeleton tourbillon development in the world … and furthermore the most slender tourbillon development ever! More than defended that this watch is around evening time celebrated.
Calendar Watch Prize – Greubel Forsey QP à Équation
The best schedule watch of the GPHG 2017 is given to an amazingly complex and creative piece, which combines imaginative decoration of the development and mechanical advancement, the Greubel Forsey QP à Équation. Once more, thinking about the remainder of the watches in the category, this feels completely supported by the work done by Greubel and Forsey.
Travel Time Watch Prize – Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde
Another prize for Parmigiani, this time in the Travel Time Watch category. The Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde positively is an amazingly exquisite and prudent piece. The showcase is likewise charming and the plan distinctive.
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize – Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical
This Mechanical Exception Watch Prize honors the excellence of watchmaking in its most perfect form… Complex, creative, eminently made, which indeed could be the depiction of the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical . A Superb watch to find here.
“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize – Tudor Black Bay Chrono
For the “Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize, which means the watches valued under CHF 8,000, the jury offers credit to the Black cove Chrono , an extraordinary looking and available chronograph. Obviously, nobody will forget that this watch is the consequence of a modern collaboration with Breitling, and it takes into account an extraordinary watch, with incredible development, for an entirely sensible price.
Sports Watch Prize – Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta
The sports watch prize of the GPHG 2017 goes to a cool watch, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta , which unquestionably is one of the cleverest and most inventive regatta watch at any point made. Well deserved.
Jewellery Watch Prize – Chopard Lotus Blanc Watch
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize – Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure
Special Jury Prize: Suzanne Rohr and Anita Porchet
Special prize given to two ladies, specialists in plating and miniature painting.