The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the Oscars of the watchmaking commerce, returned in high-quality kind yesterday with a grand ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland. It occurs to even be the twentieth anniversary of the GPHG, lending a bit extra of a way of pomp to the proceedings, with the viewers again after a pandemic-restricted 2020 session.
For 2021, the massive information is Bvlgari’s “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix win for the Octo Finissimo, a watch that has already acquired greater than its share of plaudits. Bvlgari is in fact a mainstay on the GPHG, and we will simply see how the Octo Finissimo swayed the 30-member jury headed by writer and watch historian Nick Foulkes. Imagine it or not, that is the primary time Bvlgari has taken residence the massive prize; The “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix is the GPHG’s model of the Finest Image award on the Oscars.
Different notable wins in 2021, alongside Bvlgari are for its nice rival Piaget (locking up each the Girls’ Watch Prize and the Mechanical Exception Watch Prize) and Van Cleef & Arpels (Girls’ Complication Watch Prize, which it has received 4 instances) as manufacturers with each watchmaking and jewelry credentials made a splash.
A significant shock was Louis Vuitton’s win for the Diver’s Watch Prize with the Tambour Avenue Diver Skyline Blue. Nicely, the shock issue was most likely restricted to observers on condition that Seiko Watch Company boss Akio Naito was prepared with a video message when Grand Seiko received the Males’s Watch Prize with the SLGH005 Hello-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5 (SLGH005 for brief). This was solely the second Grand Seiko win on the GPHG.
At this level, you will need to keep in mind that loads of manufacturers don’t take part, or choose out of, the GPHG. Essentially the most vital of those are Patek Philippe, Rolex and naturally your complete Swatch Group. We could have extra to say on among the profitable watches, on-line and in print, however for now we depart you with the total listing of winners.
2021 Prize Record
- “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo
- Girls’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Valuable Rainbow
- Girls’ Complication Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Girl Féerie Watch
- Males’s Watch Prize: Grand Seiko, Hello-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5
- Males’s Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, LMX Titanium
- Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Additional-Skinny
- Tourbillon Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB Form of Two Tourbillon
- Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
- Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Piaget, Altiplano Final Automated
- Chronograph Watch Prize: Zenith, Chronomaster Sport
- Diver’s Watch Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Avenue Diver Skyline Blue
- Jewelry Watch Prize: Chopard, Flower Energy
- Creative Crafts Watch Prize: MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Across the World in Eighty Days’
- “Petite Aiguille” Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic
- Problem Watch Prize: CIGA Design, Blue Planet
- Innovation Prize: Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer
- Audacity Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem
- Horological Revelation Prize: Furlan Marri, MR. Gray Ref. 1041-A
- Particular Jury Prize: Dubai Watch Week
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