There are certain events in the watch industry calendar you can count on like clockwork. The beginning of the year sees the big fairs where new watches are introduced; as winter approaches, the awards are handed out to the best of the best. Last week the prestigious GPHG (“Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève”) awards, which honor the most innovative, beautifully designed and important watches in a given calendar year, were announced in Geneva, the epicenter of watchmaking. Several of this year’s winners were timepieces we’ve covered — and two of our own GP100 winners also took home trophies, including the grand prize. Coincidence? Depends who you’re asking.
The GPHG awards are voted on by a panel of experts, but rather this isn’t a group of back-patting watchmakers. Instead, the panel consists of an eclectic group made up of journalists, famous designers and even a rock star. By the time the confetti had settled, they’d selected a list of winners we couldn’t agree with more.
The grand prize (or “grand prix”), the so-called “Golden Hands” trophy, went to the spectacular Constant Escapement from Girard-Perregaux (a GP100 selection); this was a choice on which we would have bet considerable money (and perhaps we did). The Ressence Type 3, another favorite of ours, was named the Horological Revelation for 2013. Meanwhile, German brand A. Lange & Söhne was the only company to take home two awards — the Grand Complication and Public prizes — for its 1815 Perpetual Calendar Rattrapante, a favorite timepiece of ours from SIHH. Zenith took the Sports Watch trophy for its Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, and Tudor continued its winning ways with the Revival Prize for its Heritage Black Bay.
For a full listing of GPHG awards, visit the official Website here. Congratulations to all the winners — 2013 is going to be hard to top.