It is an appointment not to be missed. For 19 years, the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has been celebrating a centuries-old craft: watchmaking.
Although the skills of watchmakers have evolved and consolidated since, one constant remains for these craftsmen of time: the same dedication attached to form, design and craftsmanship often after thousands of hours of meticulous work.
Founded in 2001, this annual award is the equivalent of the Oscars of the watch industry. It provides a platform for the complex art of watchmaking and rewards the contemporary creativity and innovation of watchmakers from around the world.
The 2020 edition will be no exception to the previous ones. Here’s what you need to know ahead of this week’s award ceremony in Switzerland.
Not only slightly limited by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this edition will also take a different form this year with the creation of an expanded jury to judge the winners of the annual awards.
Instead of the usual 20 to 30 judges, there will now be an academy of some 350 industry experts involved in the selection and judging of hundreds of watches launched and marketed during the year.
For the first time also, the academy will be able to propose candidates whereas until now, it was up to the watch brands to submit them.
The event takes place in Geneva this Thursday, November 12. It will be streamed live on this page from 6.30 p.m. CET.
It is a hand in gilded bronze, created by the famous Swiss graphic designer Roger Pfund to whom we owe among other things the design of the Swiss passport and a series of Swiss and French banknotes.
Why this symbol? On the one hand, in homage to the famous fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo; on the other, to recall the importance of skill and mastery, two skills associated with watchmaking that has been done by hand for hundreds of years.
Below are the 84 watches competing for Thursday night’s awards ceremony. Judges are responsible for choosing a winner from six finalists in each of 14 categories, ranging from luxury watches for men and women to diving watches and chronographs, as well as the grand prize, the Aiguille d’Or.
Click here for more information on the designs and specifics of all watches in the price list below. Click on the videos below to take a close look at the details of the six contestants in each category.
• Beauregard, Lili
• Bovet 1822, Miss Audrey
• Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé Pearl button
• Dior Watches, Dior Grand Bal Ribbon
• Hermès, Arceau Petite Lune Sprinkling of diamonds and sapphires
• Piaget, Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient
Complication for Lady
• Bulgari, Serpenti Seducers Tourbillon
• Charles Girardier, Mysterious Signature Tourbillon “fleur de sel”
• Jacob & Co, Astronomia Garden Flowers Rainbow
• Maurice Lacroix, Masterpiece Embrace
• Piaget, Altiplano Tourbillon
• Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Diamant Musical Ballerinas
• Bulgari, Eight finissimo Dial S
• De Bethune, DB28XP Starry Sky
• Laurent Ferrier, Classic Origin Green
• Petermann Bédat, Dead beat second
• Romain Gauthier, Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette Manufacture-Only Carbonium® Edition
• Voutilainen, 28SC
Complication for Men
• Bovet 1822, Recital 27
• De Bethune, DB28XP Tourbillon
• Girard-Perregaux, Quasar Light
• Greubel Forsey, Hand Made 1
• Hermès, Slim d’Hermès GMT
• MB & F, HM10 Bulldog Ti
• Breitling, Chronomat B01 42
• Bulgari, Aluminium Chronograph
• Girard-Perregaux, Laureato Infinity Edition (42mm)
• IWC Schaffhausen, Portugieser Chronograph
• Piaget, Altiplano Origin Automatic
• Seiko, Professional Diver’s 1000M
• Armin Strom, Gravity Equal Force Stainless steel
• Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer
• Brivet-Beef, Eccentricity
• Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, FB 2RE.2
• H. Moser & Cie, Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser X MB&F
• Theo Auffret, Tourbillon in Paris
Calendar and Astronomy
• Behrens, Apolar
• Chopard, L.U.C Perpetual Twin
• IWC Schaffhausen, Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide
• Parmigiani Fleurier, Hijri Perpetual Calendar
• Sarpaneva Watches, Lunations Harvest Moon
• Vacheron Constantin, Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton
• Armin Strom, Minute Repeater Resonance
• Bovet 1822, Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 2
• Jacob & Co, Bugatti Chiron
• MB & F, Legacy Machine Thunderdome
• Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Concept
• Ressence, Type 2A
• Chronometry workshop, Split-seconds chronograph
• Breitling, Top Time Limited Edition
• H. Moser & Cie, Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
• Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asaoka, Kurono Chronograph 1
• Louis Moinet, Remember Superlight
• Parmigiani Fleurier, Tondagraph GT Steel Black
• Breitling, Superocean Automatic 48 Boutique Edition
• Doxa, SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers
• Grand Seiko, 9RA5 Professional Diver’s 600M
• MING, Ming 18.01 H41
• Reservoir, Hydrosphere Bronze x Revolution “The Maldives Edition”
• Ulysse Nardin, Diver X Cape Horn
• Bulgari, Mysterious Intertwined Snakes
• Chopard, Maybe
• Dior Watches, Dior Grand Soir Queen of Bee
• Jacob & Co, The Mystery Tourbillon Full Ruby
• Piaget, Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal
• Van Cleef & Arpels, Frivolous Secret watch
• ANDERSEN Geneva, Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary
• Bovet 1822, Amadéo 7 Day Skeleton Tourbillon
• Dior Watches, Dior Grand Bal Plume
• Hermès, Arceau Into the Canadian Wild
• Jacob & Co, Astronomia Sky Phoenix
• Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Fairy Sun
• Bell & Ross, BR 05 Skeleton
• Breitling, Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II
• Habring2, Chrono Felix Panda
• IWC Schaffhausen, Portugieser Automatic 40
• Sarpaneva Watches, Sarpaneva x Moomin
• Trilobe, Secret
• Behrens, Rotary
• Breitling, Endurance Pro
• Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asaoka, Kurono Anniversary Green’Forest: Mori’
• Louis Erard, The Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein Regulator
• MING, Ming 27.01 Ultra Thin
• Tudor, Black Bay Fifty-Eight