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WITH THE 2018 GRAND PRIX D’HORLOGERIE DE GENÈVE (GPHG) SET TO HAPPEN IN NOVEMBER, WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE FINALISTS OF THE BIGGEST CATEGORIES

In any industry, awards play an important role in honouring and giving recognition. Movies have the Oscars and music has the Grammys. For the automotive industry, there is the World Car of the Year, which awards the best on four wheels of the year, all of which are nominated and voted by a panel of international automotive journalists.  Similarly, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève recognises the watchmaking industry, with nominations provided by a panel of watch professionals.

 

Held annually since 2001, the award ceremony acknowledges categories such as technical innovation, complication as well as classifications for men’s and women’s models and sports watches.  With this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) set to happen on 9 November, we check out some of the contenders of the major categories which have made the cut for 2018.

WITH THE 2018 GRAND PRIX D’HORLOGERIE DE GENÈVE (GPHG) SET TO HAPPEN IN NOVEMBER, WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE FINALISTS OF THE BIGGEST CATEGORIES

In any industry, awards play an important role in honouring and giving recognition. Movies have the Oscars and music has the Grammys. For the automotive industry, there is the World Car of the Year, which awards the best on four wheels of the year, all of which are nominated and voted by a panel of international automotive journalists.  Similarly, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève recognises the watchmaking industry, with nominations provided by a panel of watch professionals. 

Held annually since 2001, the award ceremony acknowledges categories such as technical innovation, complication as well as classifications for men’s and women’s models and sports watches.  With this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) set to happen on 9 November, we check out some of the contenders of the major categories which have made the cut for 2018.

Ladies Watch: Piaget Possession Lapis Lazuli

With its 29mm 18k rose gold case, lapis lazuli dial, rotating bezel set with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds, and matching blue-alligator strap, it’s easy to see why this luxurious women’s watch is a serious entrant in this category. Powered by a Piaget 56P quartz movement, the model is part of Piaget’s Posession jewellery collection and comes with an ingenious interchangeable strap system to match any style or ensemble.

Chronograph: Tag Heuer Monaco Bamford

The inclusion of the TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford in the chronograph category is justified. The latest interpretation of the iconic timepiece has been enhanced by the Bamford Watch Department with a solid carbon case, an elegant full black dial and aqua blue chronograph counters. The result of this is both exclusive and unique it adds a touch of sophistication to one of the most iconic timepieces ever made.

Chronometry: Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 58

Equipped with a patented Suspended ExoTourbillon, the Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 58 exemplifies the long-standing fine watchmaking heritage at Montblanc. Pushing the boundaries of watchmaking, the 38.30mm model features a unique balance wheel, which appears to ‘float’ above the dial. The complication not only accentuates a visual impact, and complements the18k red gold case splendidly, but also utilises considerably less energy to function.

Mechanical Exception: Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision

Mechanical innovation recognises the achievements in creating unique mechanisms and sophisticated displays in modern watches. It is a category that Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision fits perfectly well with its extremely lightweight silicium balance wheel made with solid nickel elements and balancing micro-blades. The innovative Grinder Automatic Winding System also enhances energy transmission allowing the watch to be wound even with the slightest of movements.

Sports: Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

Sporting a vintage military chronograph designed, borrowed from the iconic Cairelli model from the 60s, the Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback is universally appealing. Available in a 43mm aged stainless steel or bronze case, the model is powered by the legendary El Primero flyback chronograph movement, which delivers the functionality and technical specifications demanded from a timepiece made for military use.

Petite Aiguille: Longines Record

The Petite Aiguille category recognises timepieces that exemplify great value. The Longines Record collection is certainly suited as a finalist in this category as it merges classic elegance and timekeeping excellence. Available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 26mm to 40mm, with cases made stainless steel, rose gold and 18k rose gold and a variety of dial options to suit both men and women.

Challenge: Tudor Black Bay GMT

One of the latest additions to the GPHG is the Challenge category, which is for smartwatches and models priced below USD4000. Of the six final nominees, the Tudor Black Bay is undoubtedly a key frontrunner, with its distinctive burgundy and blue bezel, a new manufacture movement and a new GMT function. With its 41mm steel case, and water resistance of 200m, the Black Bay is robust, stylish and most importantly offers great value.

Ladies Watch: Piaget Possession Lapis Lazuli

With its 29mm 18k rose gold case, lapis lazuli dial, rotating bezel set with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds, and matching blue-alligator strap, it’s easy to see why this luxurious women’s watch is a serious entrant in this category. Powered by a Piaget 56P quartz movement, the model is part of Piaget’s Posession jewellery collection and comes with an ingenious interchangeable strap system to match any style or ensemble.

Chronograph: Tag Heuer Monaco Bamford

The inclusion of the TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford in the chronograph category is justified. The latest interpretation of the iconic timepiece has been enhanced by the Bamford Watch Department with a solid carbon case, an elegant full black dial and aqua blue chronograph counters. The result of this is both exclusive and unique it adds a touch of sophistication to one of the most iconic timepieces ever made.

Chronometry: Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 58

Equipped with a patented Suspended ExoTourbillon, the Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 58 exemplifies the long-standing fine watchmaking heritage at Montblanc. Pushing the boundaries of watchmaking, the 38.30mm model features a unique balance wheel, which appears to ‘float’ above the dial. The complication not only accentuates a visual impact, and complements the18k red gold case splendidly, but also utilises considerably less energy to function.

Mechanical Exception: Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision

Mechanical innovation recognises the achievements in creating unique mechanisms and sophisticated displays in modern watches. It is a category that Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision fits perfectly well with its extremely lightweight silicium balance wheel made with solid nickel elements and balancing micro-blades. The innovative Grinder Automatic Winding System also enhances energy transmission allowing the watch to be wound even with the slightest of movements.

Sports: Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

Sporting a vintage military chronograph designed, borrowed from the iconic Cairelli model from the 60s, the Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback is universally appealing. Available in a 43mm aged stainless steel or bronze case, the model is powered by the legendary El Primero flyback chronograph movement, which delivers the functionality and technical specifications demanded from a timepiece made for military use.

Petite Aiguille: Longines Record

The Petite Aiguille category recognises timepieces that exemplify great value. The Longines Record collection is certainly suited as a finalist in this category as it merges classic elegance and timekeeping excellence. Available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 26mm to 40mm, with cases made stainless steel, rose gold and 18k rose gold and a variety of dial options to suit both men and women.

Challenge: Tudor Black Bay GMT

One of the latest additions to the GPHG is the Challenge category, which is for smartwatches and models priced below USD4000. Of the six final nominees, the Tudor Black Bay is undoubtedly a key frontrunner, with its distinctive burgundy and blue bezel, a new manufacture movement and a new GMT function. With its 41mm steel case, and water resistance of 200m, the Black Bay is robust, stylish and most importantly offers great value.