The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve is like the Oscars of watchmaking. This year we saw a favourite of ours (amongst others), the Girard-Perregaux Constant Force Escapement take the top prize.

The GPHG’s judging panel includes the famous designer Philippe Starck, musician John Mayer, Christie’s international head of watches Aurel Bacs, and Hodinkee’s founder Benjamin Clyme. We only blogged about the Constant Force Escapement last week and can see why these judges awarded Girard-Perregaux the “Golden Hand”.

We’re big fans of A. Lange & Sohne so are pleased to see it take out two awards. The 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar topped the Grand Complication and Public Prize categories.

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Double award winner, the A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar

The Innovation Prize went to Vianney Halter’s Deep Space Tourbillon has a triple axis tourbillon that sits underneath the space-station-like cystal dome. A magnificent piece to watch twirl around.

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No surprises why this won the Innovation Prize

Romain Gauthier with its Logical One took out the Men’s Complication prize. This special piece is a modern implementation of the  traditional chain and fusée transmission system. However rather than use steel parts for the chain, this chain is made of rubies.

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The very special Romain Gauthier

Finally our other pick is the Sports Watch winner, Zenith’s El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th.


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Zenith’s winner in the Sports Watch category