It’s that time of year again, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is upon is and there are 72 shortlisted watches in the running for various watches, most notably, the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix. This year we see offerings from many houses with numerous entries from Omega, Tudor, Blancpain and Montblanc.

Each year the Foundation of the GPHG selects candidates for various categories such as Men’s, Chronographs, Tourbillons, Mechanical Exception, Ladies High Mechanical and so on. There are 16 prizes altogether and also the coveted “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix up for grabs. Last year’s winner was the technologically revolutionary Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement that we spoke about earlier. Judging for the main categories and the 2014 winner is behind closed doors and restricted to various watchmaking celebrities such as Philip Dufour, John Mayer and Benjamin Clymer from Hodinkee. Fortunately there is the “public prize” that is open to the public, yes that’s right, you have the power to cast your vote for the people’s choice. To do so visit the voting page, and you’ll also be in the chance to win a GP Vintage 1945 Petite Seconde worth 10,450 Swiss Francs. Motivated yet?

We won’t go into the details of the watches here but we will list some categories and which watch we feel deserves to win.

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Watchonado’s Chronograph: Omega Dark Side of the Moon. The depth of the dial and well balanced design is a winner for us.

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Watchonado’s Men’s: Tudor Heritage Black Bay. Simplicity and that re-edition of that snowflake hand, irresistible. Not to mention it’s also the cheapest of the bunch.

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Watchonado’s CalendarA. Lange & Sohne Terraluna. We have always had a soft spot for anything Lange, but this deserves a special mention.

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Watchonado’s Ladie’s High-MechBreguet Reine de Naples Hour/Nuit. A classic ladies luxury watch with a fabulous and feminine moon phase.

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Watchonado’s Petite Aiguille: Grand Seiko Hi Beat GMT. Because we feel the Japanese deserve recognition for the Grand Seikos.

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Watchonado’s Striking: Breguet Classique La Musicale. Gorgeous spinning dial with the spectacular use of a Liquidmetal® membrane under the movement  to amplify the frequencies required to emit the tune. Listen to it here

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Watchonado’s Sports: Blancpain Bathyscaphe Flyback. A great re-edition that seeks to overcome the bulkiness of the hugely popular Fifthy Fathoms.

 

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Watchonado’s Mechanical Exception: Hublot La FerrariDoesn’t get any cooler than a 50 day power reserve wound using its own drill and quadruple stacked tourbillons.

And Watchonado’s pick for the 2014  “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix would be no other than the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”. With such watchmaking wizardry and a caseback like the one below, it surely deserves to be this year’s winner. To find out more, read our post on A. Lange & Sohne’s 2014 SIHH releases where the Terraluna is featured.

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