Winning watches of GPHG 2015
Aiguille D’Or Grand Prix: Greubel Forsey, Tourbillon 24Secondes Inclined Vision. Stephen Forsey accepted the award with a few words about the brand’s journey to its original timepieces that included 11 years of a unique vision on the part of himself and his partner Robert Greubel, who dedicated themselves to bringing their ideas to fruition.
Technical Innovation: Preziouso Tourbillon of Tourbillons. This watch also won the Public Award. When Antoine Preziouso accepted the award, with his son at his side, he said, “Three things are needed in making a watch of this complexity: Patience, Passion and Perseverance. This adventure began over 10 years ago.” He then thanked his son for his perseverance and determination to bring the watch to fruition, and then handed the award to his son.
Mechanical Exception: Jaquet Droz Charming Bird. The automated watch features a bird with real feather wings that moves its wings as it turns within its sapphire dome.
Striking Watches: Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges
Tourbillon: Ulysse Nardin, Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon. Upon accepting the award, Patrick Hoffmann, CEO of the brand, recalled the legendary Rolf Schnyder who built the brand before his untimely death. Hoffmann vowed to “bring that legacy forward” under the new ownership of Kering Group.
Calendars: Hermes Slim Calibre Perpetual Calendar watch, whose caliber was designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht (who also created the movement for the Faberge winning watch in the ladies’ High-Mech category)
Ladies’ Category: Hublot Big Bang Broderie
Ladies High Mechanicals: Faberge Peacock. The CEO of Faberge actually brought with him an historic bust of Faberge’ to celebrate. He then went on to thank his remarkable team.
Jewelry: Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk. Upon accepting the award for the brand, Francois Bennahmias, CEO, encouraged other brands to participate in the GPHG in the future.
Revival Category: Piaget Manchette Diamond Cuff watch. This is a reinvention of a watch that was first introduced in the 1970’s. In accepting the award, Philippe Leopold Metzger, Piaget CEO, admitted he was very happy to win in both a men’s category and a women’s category.
Artistic Category: Blancpain Villeret Cadran Shakudo
Sports Watch: Tudor Pelagos
Men’s Category: Voutilainen GMR
Chronographs: Piaget Altiplano
Revelation: Award to a brand 10 years or younger: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Square