At the beginning of the year, we picked our favorites from the watches selected to be finalists for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Now that the results are in, we can finally see which of our picks made the cut! Accuracy was the name of the game this year, with many of the winning timepieces being hailed for their precision. It just goes to show that in the world of luxury watchmaking, even diamonds and gold cannot distract the panel from horological excellence!
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize – Piaget Protocole XXL “Secrets & Lights” Venice Micro-Mosaic
Artistic is certainly the right word for this beautiful watch which features a micro-mosaic created by artist Cesare Bella to capture the view of the Santa Maria Della Salute basilica overlooking the mouth of the Grand Canal. The stunning detail and precision of the mosaic design make this watch a deserving winner.
Jewellery Watch Prize – Chanel Secret Watch “Signature Grenat”
One of the watches on our list of favs was this Chanel beauty. Part Haute jewelry and part timepiece, this timepiece pays tribute to the House’s iconic motif, quilting. The “secret” in this watch is the diamond-studded dial concealed behind a massive garnet. The 52.61-carat carmine garnet delicately opens to reveal the watch face.
Ladies’ Watch Prize – Piaget Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this stunner, it features a Milanese mesh bracelet which is seamlessly integrated into the case through those diamond studded elongated asymmetrical lugs. The distinctive strap comes with a sliding buckle which allows the wearer maximum comfort and elegance.
Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize – Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge
Powered by the manually wound calibre GP09700-00012, this watch features -at 6 o’ clock- the iconic Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon which precisely regulates the movement. 174 parts have been decorated and assembled by hand to create this magnificent winner.
Men’s Watch Prize – Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire
Top honor among men’s watches was awarded to Grönefeld’s incredibly precise and constant watch that features an eight seconds constant force mechanism, to make sure that the force serving the balance wheel does not wane. This movement was so time-consuming to create that only 188 have been created, each with a unique serial number.