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2019 GPHG Prize Winners

Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-ThinLast November 6, prize winners of the highly anticipated Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG for short) were announced. Snagging not one, not two, but three GPGH prizes from this year is Audemars Piguet, which includes the biggest award of them all: Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix.

 

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Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

The GPHG Aiguille d’Or grand prize is given to the overall best watch. This year, the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wins the biggest award of the night. Audemars Piguet’s ultra thin Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar was first presented at SIHH 2018 as a prototype, and at the time was called RD#2. The refined model is 6mm thin and comes in a 41mm case made of  titanium and 950 platinum.

 

 

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Men’s Complication Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

The prize is given to the men’s watch that possesses excellence in creativity and intricacy, and Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 best represents this. The 41mm manual wound minute repeater has superb sound quality and volume thanks to their patented gongs and the case’s construction.

 

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Iconic Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin

The recently added category celebrates watches that come from emblematic collections and made a lasting influence on the history of watchmaking. Audemars Piguet takes another win with their iconic Royal Oak timepiece. The 39mm watch is the second in the Royal Oak collection to come in a white gold case, and it was paired with a gold toned “Petite Tapisserie” dial which was last used for the Royal Oak’s 20th anniversary.

 

 

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Challenge Watch Prize – Tudor Black Bay P01

The challenge of this GPHG prize?  To make an exceptional watch with a retail price of CHF 4,000 or under. Tudor dared to take on this challenge with one of their Black Bay watches which first appeared at Baselworld 2019. Read more about the 1960s prototype inspired watch here.

 

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Innovation Prize – Vacheron Constantin Traditionnell Twin Beat perpetual calendar

This GPGH prize is awarded to the watch that goes the distance when it comes to innovation and development in watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin wins the award with a 42mm watch that beats at two different frequencies, adding another 64 days to its 4 day power reserve.

 

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Chronometry Watch Prize – Chronometrè Ferdinand Berthoud Carburised Steel Regulator

The prize is awarded to the mechanical watch that has at least one tourbillon, a special escapement and has contributed to the development of accurate time measurement. Ferdinand Berthoud comes in first with their 44mm carburised stainless steel watch that features a constant force tourbillon and a fusee-and-chain transmission.

 

See the complete list of winners below:

  • Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel J12 Calibre 12.1
  • Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen 28ti
  • Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
  • Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune
  • Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Genus GNS1.2
  • Chronograph Watch Prize: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
  • Diver’s Watch Prize: Seiko Prospex LX line diver’s
  • Jewellery Watch Prize: Bvlgari Serpenti Misteriosi Romani
  • Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen Starry Night Vine
  • “Petite Aiguille” Prize: Kudoke Kudoke 2
  • Audacity Prize: Urwerk AMC
  • “Horological Revelation” Prize: Ming 17.06 Copper
  • Special Jury Prize: Luc Pettavino, Only Watch founder and organizer

 

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