The year’s best luxury watches at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
The winners of the 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) were announced on November 8, and the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike walked away with the top honours. In addition to the coveted Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand) prize, the maison also won in the jewellery watch category for the Chopard Lotus Blanc.
Bulgari and Parmigiani also won two awards apiece — the former for its Octo Finissimo Automatic (in the men’s watch category) and its tourbillon skeleton version (for tourbillon and escapement), and the latter for the Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire (chronograph) and the Fleurier Toric Hemisphères (travel time ).
Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 won the Mechanical Exception prize, and Greubel Forsey’s QP à Équation took the calendar watch prize. Chanel’s Première Camélia Skeleton was judged the best entry for women’s watches, while Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lady Arpels Papillon Automate triumphed in the women’s high-mechanical category. The Zenith Defy Lab grabbed the Innovation Prize for its unconventional implementation of an harmonic oscillator, while the Revival watch prize went to the Longines Avigation BigEye.
Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Regatta took home the sports watch prize, and Voutilainen’s Aki-No-Kure for artistic crafts watches. The Tudor Black Bay Chrono, meanwhile, won the Petite Aiguille prize, for timepieces with a retail price under CHF8,000. Renowned enamellists Suzanne Rohr and Anita Porchet were awarded the Special Jury Prize for playing “a fundamental role in promoting high-quality watchmaking”.
Watchmaker has previewed chronographs on new NATO straps in its Conquest line of precision quartz watches ahead of Baselworld 2018.