Every year The Foundation of the Grand Pix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) judges and awards the “AIGUILLE D’OR” GRAND PRIX" to the finest creations in horology, which this year went to the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1. The prize-giving ceremony was held at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva November 10.
What Is The Foundation of the Grand Pix d'Horlogerie de Genève?
For those of you how don't know, the Foundation of the Grand Pix d'Horlogerie de Genève or (GPHG) was created in 2011 by five founding members, all of who are represented on the board of the foundation, bar the Edipresse group. The represented founder members are:
-The Republic and Canton of Geneva
-The City of Geneva
-The Musée International de l'Horlogerie/International Museum of Horology (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds
-The Geneva Laboratory of Horology and Microengineering (Timelab)
-The Edipresse group
The principle purpose of the foundation is to promote Swiss Watch making values around the world, highlighting the art and craft of fine watchmaking, accuracy, reliability and craft.
Organised annually, the exhibition and prize giving is intended to salute the excellence of worldwide horological production. These annual event rewards the finest creations in the field and the most important players in the watchmaking industry.
Every November GPHG invite representatives of the elite watchmaking profession to the Grand Théâtre de Genève for a prize giving ceremony. Prior to his, during the months of October and November all the entries, the preselected and the soon to be winners take part in a travelling exhibition giving an international audience of watch aficionados, enthusiasts and connoisseurs to discover and admire the best Luxury Watches of the year. Visitors can also improve their knowledge of watchmaking through seminars and workshops.
The Nominees are:
This year there were 72 timepieces pre-selected by the jury, competing in 12 categories to win one of the 15 prizes.
So Who Was Judging?
The independent multi-disciplinary jury of the GPHG 2016 is composed of 28 experts from a wide range of disciplines, appointed by the committee.
This year the committee has been particularly proud there are more female members than previous years. Pointing out that as the jury is progressively renewed over the years, the gender balance has improved.
It has to be said, the list of judges is quite lengthy, but if you take a look through the list you can see the value each one brings to the event.
President: Aurel Bacs
Expert in collector's watches, Co-Founder and Partner with Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo / Switzerland
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tiempo de Relojes and director of the Salon Internacional Alta Relojeria / Mexico
Co-owner and CEO of Beyer Chronometrie AG and of the Watch and Clock Museum in Zurich / Switzerland
Founder of Watchina and director of Beijing Collectors' Association / China
Director and editor-in-chief of La Revue des Montres / France
Founder and editor-in-chief of Hodinkee / USA
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Chronos China / China
Co-founder / editor-in-chief of QuillAndPad.com and specialized watch journalist / Germany
Watchmaker / Switzerland
Watchmaker CW 21, president and owner of Mainly Watches, collector / USA
Historian, author, contributor to the Financial Times / United Kingdom
Watch collector, author and publisher of books on vintage watches / Italy
Publisher, journalist and trainer / Korea
Watch collector, editor in chief of Revolution Hong Kong and editorial director of watches of Tatler Asia / China
Editor in chief of Europa Star and filmmaker / Switzerland
Author, historian of watchmaking, contributor to the Men's EX / Japan
Editor-in-chief of Orologi-Le Misure del Tempo / Italy
Consultant and trainer in watchmaking / Switzerland
Collector, managing director of TimeZone.com, watch expert at Bonhams Auctioneers / USA
Founder and CEO of Digital Luxury Group / Switzerland
Abdul Hamied Seddiqi
Vice-chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons / Dubai
Collector, gemologist, jeweler / Lebanon
Watchmaker, teacher, former director of Wostep / Switzerland
Fashion designer / France
Owner and personally liable partner of the Gerhard D. Wempe KG based in Hamburg / Germany
Owner & managing Partner of Zegg & Cerlati / Monaco
Robert Greubel & Stephen Forsey
Co-founders of Greubel Forsey, brand laureate of the 2015 "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix, out of competition in 2016 (a single vote).
Watch expert and former curator, MIH, Musée International d'Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds
Full List Of The 2016 Winners
“AIGUILLE D’OR” GRAND PRIX Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1
LADIES’ WATCH PRIZE: Piaget Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet
LADIES’ HIGH-MECH WATCH PRIZE: Girard-Perregaux
Cat's Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge
MEN’S WATCH PRIZE:Grönefeld
CHRONOGRAPH WATCH PRIZE:Montblanc
1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
TOURBILLON WATCH PRIZE:Girard-Perregaux
La Esmeralda Tourbillon
CALENDAR WATCH PRIZE:MB&F
Legacy Machine Perpetual
TRAVEL TIME WATCH PRIZE:Fabergé
Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ
MECHANICAL EXCEPTION WATCH PRIZE:Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
“PETITE AIGUILLE” PRIZE:Tudor
Heritage Black Bay Bronze
SPORTS WATCH PRIZE:Eberhard & Co.
JEWELLERY WATCH PRIZE:Chanel
Secret Watch "Signature Grenat"
ARTISTIC CRAFTS WATCH PRIZE:Piaget
Protocole XXL "Secrets & Lights" Venice Micro-Mosaic
REVIVAL WATCH PRIZE:TAG Heuer
Heuer Monza Chronograph
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
The George Daniels Educational Trust
The Next Exciting Event
Now the ceremony has been completed and all the winners are celebrating, the 15 prize-winning watches are to be transported to Dubai be exhibited in Dubai for the Dubai Watch Week (DWW) hosted by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.