SuperyachtOne team attended the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève ceremony, the Oscars of the watches, on its 20th anniversary. Here a selection of the winners
Images courtesy of © Bvlgari, De Bethune, MB&F, Bernhard Lederer, Chopard, Louis Vuitton, Audemars Piguet, Van clef & Arpels
The 20th award ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, also known as GPHG, took place in a full Théâtre du Léman. The enthusiasm of the public during the 2022 edition was surely something to remember. After a 2021 digital edition, the whole watch industry poured at the theatre to celebrate the return to a semi-normal reality. SuperyachtOne team had the pleasure to attend the live ceremony and here below we bring you a selection of the winners and their wonderful masterpieces.
Bvlgari – Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar – “AIGUILLE D’OR” GRAND PRIX
The Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar is the slimmest in the world and offers a talented reinterpretation by merging watchmaking excellence and Italian aesthetic sensitivity. Two versions are available, in titanium or platinum. Their owner will be able to read the time without worrying about having to adjust the indications before February 2100
De Bethune – DB Kind of Two Tourbillon – TOURBILLON WATCH PRIZE
De Bethune presentes a watch endowed with two faces. It is perfectly reversible and can be worn on either side according to the mood of the moment. This model houses a highly sophisticated mechanism based on a complex system of gears and pinions arranged on the front or back of the watch, and which enables the hands to turn in the right direction, regardless of the dial chosen.
MB&F – LMX Titanium – MEN’S COMPLICATION WATCH PRIZE
LMX celebrates 10 years of the Legacy Machine Collection. It features a completely novel three-dimensional, rotating display that showcases the engine’s seven days (168 hours) of power reserve. Like a perfectly balanced X, the engine of LMX is deeply symmetrical – not only dial-side but also as observed through the sapphire case back, revealing the three barrels placed evenly around the centre, accentuated by the sunray pattern of the Côtes de Genève finishing.
Bernhard Lederer – Central Impulse Chronometer – INNOVATION PRIZE
It is a 44-mm wide timepiece containing one of the most original, sophisticated and advanced wristwatch movements ever. Heir to the works of Harrison, Breguet, Le Roy, Bond and Daniels, it is a certified chronometer according to the stringent criteria of the Besançon Observatory. It harbors a new, high-yield, double impulse escapement, entirely designed by Bernhard Lederer with maximum efficiency in mind.
Chopard – Chopard Flower Power – JEWELLERY WATCH PRIZE
Inspired by lush visions of Paradise and created to grace the world’s premier red-carpet events, this jewellery watch required the work of more than 30 talented artisans in Chopard Geneva workshops. The result is a deliciously fanciful profusion of light and colour, courtesy of the floral arrangements of diamonds and pink sapphires that adorn this masterpiece.
Louis Vuitton – Tambour Carpe Diem – AUDACITY PRIZE
This virtuoso timepiece writes a new chapter in the history of the jacquemart watch. Originally, jacquemarts were automata created to strike the hours on church bell towers. When watchmakers miniaturised them on timepieces, their function became essentially decorative – to add a bit of fun to the dial – and the time continued to be indicated by classic hands. Today, Louis Vuitton wanted to give jacquemarts back their original meaning. Here the automaton tells the time on demand, without hands.
Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak 15202PT – ICONIC WATCH PRIZE
The 39mm “Jumbo” is presented with a full 950 platinum case and bracelet as well as a smoked green dial adorned with a sunburst pattern. Just 8.1 mm in thickness, the case also confers a slender appearance. The white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands are treated with luminescent coating, aiding legibility in dim light. The “Audemars Piguet” signature is positioned below noon, while the AP initials are located at 6 o’clock, as “Jumbo” convention dictates.
Van cleef & Arpels – Lady Féerie – LADIES’ COMPLICATION WATCH PRIZE
Ever faithful to a poetic view of life, Van Cleef & Arpels instills a distinctive dimension into the art of watchmaking: that of dreams and emotions. This piece blends watchmaking skills and traditional craftsmanship within a delicately proportioned 33mm case. In a dreamlike scene, a fairy marks the passage of time with her magic wand by the gentle light of the Moon.