Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2011


Grand Théâtre de GenèveThis weekend Geneva was the epicenter of the watchmaking world. The 11th Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix (GPHG) was held at the Grand Théâtre de Genève on 19th November 2011. The event that was once considered shady and with questionable integrity is now rightfully the highlight of the entire horological year. Of course, with the most important players in the watchmaking world present that is not surprising, and elevating the ceremony on the even higher level, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mrs. Micheline Calmy-Rey was on the scene.

Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix

Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand) Grand Prix, with the names of all previous winners engraved into base.

Moving on to the awards itself. GPHG is being called a “watchmaking Oscar” and as the Academy Awards, it is not without controversy, but I guess that is something that you could say for any competition. However, there wasn’t any controversy in the laureate of the highest award – the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix deservedly went to the remarkable De Bethune DB28. This extraordinary watch features a large dial opening that allows you to observe both the heart of the movement as well as the platinum and blued-steel spherical moon phase rotating on its own axis, making it an unique and one of the most beautiful moon phase complication in existence. DB28 employs DB2115, naturally an in-house produced movement, which shows hours, minutes, moon phases and power reserve, with a performance indicator at 3 o’clock. Price for this technological marvel is 80,000 Swiss Francs.

De Bethune DB28

De Bethune DB28

Best Ladies’ Watch Prize went to Boucheron and their flamboyant Crazy Jungle Hathi timepiece.

Boucheron Crazy Jungle Hathi

Boucheron Crazy Jungle Hathi

One of the more interesting last year’s watches, Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu won the Best Men’s Watch Prize. This mysterious watch features an intriguing complication. Basically, when you press the pusher at 9 o’clock, the hour and minute hands come to a stop at 12 o’clock, hiding the date hand completely (suspending the time), but the mechanism itself continues keeping track of standard time. Press the pusher again and the three hands will sweep back in their correct place and time, resuming its natural course.

Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu

Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu

One of our favorite watches of 2011, here at Watch Allure, the magnificent Urwerk UR-110 was the deserved winner of the Best Design Watch Prize. You can read more about it here.

 

Urwerk UR-110 Torpedo

Urwerk UR-110 Torpedo

Best Jewellery and Artistic Crafts Watch Prize was awarded to Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Polar Landscape.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Polar Landscape

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Polar Landscape

In extremely tough competition for the Best Complicated Watch Prize, a victor emerged and it was Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Equation of Time.

Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Equation of Time

Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Equation of Time

Best Sports Watch Prize award was taken by TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Chronograph.

TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Chronograph

TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Chronograph

“Petite Aiguille” Prize (for models under CHF 5,000) went to Montblanc and Star Worldtime GMT Automatic model.

 

Montblanc Star Worldtime GMT Automatic

Montblanc Star Worldtime GMT Automatic

Vianney Halter, a renegade genius was acknowledged with the Best Watchmaker Prize.

 

Vianney Halter GPHG

Vianney Halter at GPHG

And finally, Special Jury Prize went to Patek Philippe Museum and the Public Prize was awarded to Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101.

 

Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101

Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101

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