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The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG)2021

 

THE  20th  ANNIVERSARY  EDITION

 

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – 2021 – THE WINNERS: Jean-Christophe Babin (CEO of Bulgari) ; Hind Seddiqi (Director General of Dubai Watch Week) ; Lititia Zhang Berruex (Representative of CIGA design in Switzerland) ; Eric Pirson (Director of Tudor) ; Jean Arnault (Marketing and Product Development Director, Watches, Louis Vuitton) ; Frédéric Bondoux (President of Grand Seiko Europe) ; François-Henry Bennahmias (CEO of Audemars Piguet) ; Benjamin Comar (CEO of Piaget) ; Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (Co-president of Chopard) ; Eric de Rocquigny (International Operations & Métiers Director of Van Cleef & Arpels) ; Maximilian Büsser (Owner & Creative Director of MB&F) ; Julien Tornare (CEO of Zenith) ; Pierre Jacques (CEO of De Bethune) ; Daniël et Maria Reintjes (Owners and creativ directors of Christiaan Van Der Klaauw) ; Andrea Furlan et Hamad Al Marri (Co-founders of Furlan Marri) ; Benjamin Comar (CEO of Piaget) ; Bernhard Lederer (Watchmaker & CEO of Lederer Watches), Carine Maillard and Raymond Lorean (GPHG).Photo: ©point-of-views.ch / ©GPHG

 

The 2021 prize list of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) was unveiled on Thursday November 4 during a festive awards ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the GPHG.

 

 

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – 2021 ©photo: nicolas.lieber / ©GPHP

 


Poetically hosted by Edouard Baer, the ceremony honoured contemporary watchmaking excellence and creativity by handing out 19 prizes to winners announced by the 30member jury headed by Nick Foulkes.

 

 

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – 2021 ©photo: nicolas.lieber / ©GPHG

 


The ultimate ‘best in show’ distinction, the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, was awarded to Bulgari for the Octo Finissimo watch. The Audemars Piguet, Bernhard Lederer, Chopard, Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CIGA Design, De Bethune, Furlan Marri, Grand Seiko, Louis Vuitton, MB&F, Piaget, Tudor, Van Cleef & Arpels and Zenith brands were also saluted by the Jury and the GPHG Academy for the quality of their creations in various categories. The Special Jury Prize, which rewards a personality or an influential institution on the  watchmaking scene, was won this year by the Dubai Watch Week.

 

 

2021  PRIZE  LIST

 

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo

 

 

Bulgari, Octo Finissimo
©GPHG

 

 


Ladies’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow

 

 

Piaget, Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
©GPHG

 

 


Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Féerie Watch

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Féerie Watch
©GPHG

 

 


Men’s Watch Prize: Grand Seiko, Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5

 

 

Grand Seiko, Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5
©GPHP

 

 


Men’s Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, LMX Titanium

 

 

MB&F, LMX Titanium
©GPHP

 

 


Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

 

 

Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin
©GPHG

 

 


Tourbillon Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB Kind of Two Tourbillon

 

 

De Bethune, DB Kind of Two Tourbillon
©GPHG

 

 


Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga

 

 

Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
©GPHG

 

 


Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Automatic

 

 

Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
©GPHG

 

 


Chronograph Watch Prize: Zenith, Chronomaster Sport

 

 

Zenith, Chronomaster Sport
©GPHG

 

 


Diver’s Watch Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue

 

 

Louis Vuitton, Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue
©GPHG

 

 


Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, Flower Power

 

 

Chopard, Flower Power
©GPHG

 

 


Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’

 

 

MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
©GPHG

 

 


“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic

 

 

Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic
©GPHG

 

 


Challenge Watch Prize: CIGA Design, Blue Planet

 

 

CIGA Design, Blue Planet
©GPHG

 

 


Innovation Prize: Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer

 

 

Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer
©GPHG

 

 


Audacity Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem

 

 

Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem
©GPHG

 

 


Horological Revelation Prize: Furlan Marri, MR. Grey Ref. 1041-A

 

 

Furlan Marri, MR. Grey Ref. 1041-A
©GPHG

 

 


Special Jury Prize: Dubai Watch Week

 

 

Hind Seddiqi, Director General of Dubai Watch Week, winner of the Special Jury Prize 2021
Photo: ©point-of-views. / GPHG

 

 

The 2021 nominated watches, including the 18 awardwinners, will be on display at the Musée Rath in Geneva until November 14, 2021. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the GPHG  also invites you to discover within the setting of this exceptional exhibition the 20 watches  that won the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix between 2001 and 2020. The 2021 awardwinning  watches will subsequently be presented during Dubai Watch Week, from November 24 to 28and then in Paris from December 2 to 5.

 

 

 

GPHG EXHIBITION – Geneva’s Musée Rath
©Photo: nicolas.lieber / ©GPHP

 

 

Twenty years – 20 “Aiguilles d’Or” Grand Prix winners and 84 finalists on show in Geneva

From October 23 to November 14, 2021 and with 104 watches signed by more than 50 brands, the GPHG offers visitors to Geneva’s Musée Rath an extraordinary panorama of contemporary watchmaking creativity and invites them to immerse themselves further into the wonderful art of watchmaking thanks to free introductory workshops run by the Geneva School Watchmaking (inscription@gphg.org / three one-hour workshops offered daily at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm).

 

 

GPHG Exhibition 2021 Musée Rath
©photo: nicolas.lieber



As a partner of the GPHG since its inception, the Geneva Musée d’Art et d’Histoire has benefited from generous donations for its watchmaking collections from the artisans and manufacturers invited to donate the winning watches: three “Aiguilles d’Or” Grand Prix winners are thus part of Geneva’s public heritage, bearing witness to the history of the GPHG.
 

 

“This 20th anniversary exhibition underscores the maturity of the GPHG and the continuity of its mission on behalf of watchmaking, also reflected in the recent creation of its Academy.”


Raymond Loretan, President of the GPHG Foundation

 

 

GPHG Exhibition 2021 Musée Rath
©photo: nicolas.lieber

 


The GPHG exhibitions offer rare opportunities to admire the diversity of the current watchmaking creative scene. They invite visitors to immerse themselves further in the wonderful world of watchmaking through introductory workshops and guided tours.


Since 2012, the GPHG has showcased the watches in competition at exhibitions in Bangkok, Beijing, Bern, Dubai, Hong Kong, La Chaux-de-Fonds, London, Macau, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris, Puebla, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Venice, Vienna and Zürich: a range of events and locations promoting close encounters with watch lovers and enthusiasts around the world.

 

 

GPHG / vernissage exposition / musée Rath/ 22 octobre 2021
/photo: nicolas.lieber@nicolaslieber.ch

 

 

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Created in 2001 and overseen since 2011 by a foundation recognised as a public interest organisation, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has been pursuing for 20 years its mission to celebrate and promote the watchmaking art worldwide. It achieves this with the support of its public and private partners, notably its principal partner, FGP Global Properties Swiss & Alps.

 

 

Raymond Loretan (President of the GPHG Foundation)
©Photo: ©point-of-views / GPHG