On October 29th, the watchmaking industry came together to celebrate excellence at the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). Like Hollywood’s Oscars, the GPHG honors the best of the best in the watch industry, bestowing awards in a number of categories. A packed house in the Grand Théâtre de Genève witnessed this 15th iteration of the GPHG, easily the most celebrated and popular one yet.
The top prize, the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prize, was awarded to Greubel Forsey. The company’s revolutionary Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision features a tourbillon visible through the back of the case, under a curved crystal dome.
The Hublot Big Bang Broderie timepiece won the Ladies’ watch award. It is decorated with Swiss St. Gallen embroidery in an exclusive skull pattern and adorned with diamonds on the dial and case.
The Charming Bird by Jaquet Droz was awarded the Mechanical Exception Prize. The watch features an exceptional miniature singing bird automaton.
Fabergé took home the prize for the Ladies’ High-Mechanical Watch. The Lady Compliquée Peacock timepiece features a unique retrograde display and a power reserve indicator.
Girard-Perregaux, famous for its gold bridges, won the Striking Watch Prize. The Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges was victorious for its exceptional sound.
Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Square watch won the Horological Revelation Prize. The reinterpretation of the original Galet timepiece from 2010 features a unique new shape.
The Calendar Watch Prize went to Hermès for its Slim d’Hermès Quantieme Perpetual. The aesthetic purity of the dial and its ultra-slim H1950 movement made this timepiece a winner.
The Petite Aiguille Prize was awarded to the Habring2’s Felix timepiece. The award celebrates the simplicity of the Felix’s pared-down movement containing only 84 components.
The Innovation Watch Prize was awarded to Antoine Preziuso for its Tourbillon of Tourbillons timepiece. The watch’s three tourbillons rotate on a disc, and the watch has been described as a “mechanical ballet.”
Piaget’s Extremely Piaget Double Sided Cuff Watch was awarded the Revival Watch Prize. A remake of a timepiece first created in 1970, the watch features a dial on each side.
The Jewelry Watch Prize went to Audemars Piguet for the Diamond Punk timepiece. The watch is set with 7,848 individual diamonds and its design is unique among haute joaillerie timepieces.
Blancpain took the prize for the Artistic Crafts Watch. Its Villeret timepiece is decorated with a Ganesh created with the Japanese Shakudō method.