The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) invites you to discover the official 2018 pre-selection.

The 72 pre-selected watches, divided into 12 categories, are competing to win one of the 16 prizes that will salute the year’s finest watch creations, including the prestigious Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix.

Timepieces that Push Technical and Artistic Boundaries

This the 18th edition of the GPHG has attracted record participation with representatives from all the major watch groups, as well as a number of independent Maisons. Creations being presented are from both large and small brands each vying in a unified spirit designed to enhance the international reputation of an industry that consistently pushes technical and artistic boundaries, while displaying impressive vitality.

The 2018 jury, composed of approximately 30 experts and passionately dedicated individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who will meet behind closed doors in early November to evaluate the pre-selected watches and cast their vote by secret ballot.

Editor Selects Top GPHG Pre-Selection 2018

Out of the 72 watches pre-selected, our editor in chief selects her favorites from those competing for prizes this year.

CATEGORY – LADIES

CHANEL Boy-friend Skeleton

CHIC, MODERN, SOPHISTICATED

Chanel – Boy-friend Skeleton: The shape of this timepiece, the octagon is a shape that brings the emblematic and iconic Première watch to mind, as a tribute to the legendary N°5 bottle and to Place Vendôme. A creation inscribed in the watchmaking vocabulary of the House with its sober, refined design, strong lines, and its signature shape. The design is both contemporary and classic, and its angles are polished or satin-finished.

Chaumet Laurier

ELEGANT, GRACEFUL, GLAMOROUS

Chaumet Laurier: Nature in movement inspires Chaumet since the Maison creation. For more than 240 years, Chaumet has been transposing plays of light, volumes and imperfection of a living and unpredictable nature into its creations. Intertwined laurel leaves dancing with the wind, marked with the Maison jewellery savoir-faire, are composing the precious decor of this white gold timepiece. These leaves reveal an aventurine dial with deep blue reflections, echoing the satin strap.


CATEGORY – LADIES COMPLICATION

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy

DISTINCTIVE, MODERN, SOPHISTICATED

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy: Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy evokes a majestic sky full of stars thanks to its dial made of aventurine glass. The shimmering of the tiny copper inclusions inherent to aventurine glass echoes the play of light of the baguette diamonds full set. At six o’clock, a 30-second tourbillon pulsates – an exclusivity of the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture and a world first in watchmaking. Spinning twice in a minute rather than once, this tourbillon doubles the compensation of the force of gravity. The Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy is a unique piece. Its prestige is noticeable at the first glance.

Beauregard Dahlia C1

ELEGANT, FEMININE

Beauregard Dahlia C1:  Reinterpreting the traditional idea of a jewellery watch, Beauregard brings watchmaking and jewellery together in an entirely new way. Founded by Alexandre Beauregard and based in Geneva, the brand offers exceptional Swiss timepieces of highly original design, set with sublime stones that are hand-polished in its Montreal atelier and offer as pieces unique. These watches are the fruit of a passion project that goes beyond simply “making a watch”, in a process that is closer to the work of an artist. Distinctive, contemporary and unquestionably precious, Beauregard’s watches embody a beautiful paradox: gemstones from the ages giving expression to the fleeting nature of time.


MEN’S

De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels

De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels: In unveiling the very heart of its horological expertise, De Bethune is revealing cutting-edge technology dedicated to serving art: a double self-regulating barrel ensuring a six-day power reserve, a signature De Bethune balance-spring with flat terminal curve, a silicon escape-wheel, a triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, as well as a new even more high-performance titanium balance-wheel with white gold inserts.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1942

Historiques Triple calendrier 1942: Vacheron Constantin presents new Historiques models featuring a complete calendar. A deliberately vintage look for these new models reinterpreting the creativity and the aesthetic of the iconic timepieces born in the 1940s. With their calendar function, round case with triple gadroons, two-tone dial, “claw-type” lugs and mechanical manual-winding movement, the new Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 is reviving a typical Vacheron Constantin complication and style from this era.


MEN’S COMPLICATION

Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Skeleton

Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Skeleton: The Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges Skeleton is crisscrossed with slender black finely rounded bridges. Their curves and cut-outs define the structure of the visual effect and support an incredibly slim mechanical structure. The ethereal suspended masses appear truly improbable given the extreme transparency of this complex calibre. Stretched like cables over a precipice, the bridges of the skeleton calibre are a nod to the architecture of their monumental counterparts around the world. The Millau Viaduct in terms of its sheer scope; the Mohammed VI bridge in Rabat for the openworked and sensual shape of its pylons; and the Oversteek Bruk for the fine sense of balance it exudes.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar

Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar: Overseas, the traveller’s collection, welcomes the Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar featuring an incredible slim 18 carats 5N pink gold case measuring just 8.1 mm thick. This new Overseas timepiece is characterised by comfort and user friendliness, combined with a style that evolves in step with interchangeable straps/bracelet.


CHRONOGRAPH

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100: Inspired by the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 30s that were meant for military use and mountain exploration, the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100 pays tribute to the 160 years of the Minerva Manufacture and its extraordinary heritage. These watches were highly accurate, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions.

Czapek L’Heure Bleue

Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie “L’Heure Bleue”: Czapek’s Faubourg de Cracovie combines traditional refinement with the sportive twist of a chronograph function. The timepiece comes in a slightly modified 41.5-millimeter Quai des Bergues Revolution case in sober steel. The famous crown protectors are still in place and now serve, ingeniously, as pushers. The dial, under an edgy sapphire crystal, is also unmistakably Czapek: The two signature subdials have been enlarged and moved up to 3 and 9 o’clock positions, where they now display the chronograph’s minutes and hours respectively. A small seconds subdial shares the date spot at 6 o’clock. The razor fine “trotteuse” chronograph hand stands out thanks to its bright red tip, which homes in on an equally visible “60” at the top of the hour.


CHRONOMETRY

MONTBLANC Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 58

Montblanc Star Legacy Limited Edition 58: Inspired by the extraordinary Minerva heritage that dates back to 1858, Montblanc is reinterpreting its iconic Star product line. With this re-envisioned collection, the Maison is enhancing the level of classical finishing and the sophistication of its design while keeping all the key elements. In addition to this, it is bringing its Manufacture expertise to new exclusive in-house complications that push the boundaries of fine watchmaking.

De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon

DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon: Just as Abraham-Louis Breguet had invented the tourbillon to meet the technical constraints facing marine chronometers, De Bethune invented its own version to suit the new dynamic of wristwatches. Today, a wristworn timepiece endure considerably more intense ‘torture’ than were marine chronometer’s in Breguet’s day. Changes of position are swift and random and the brutal kinetic forces to which watch mechanisms are subjected deserves close attention.


JEWELRY

Chanel Bouton de Camélia

Bouton de Camelia, Iconic Secret Watch: Sumptuously simple and naturally elegant, the camellia was Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower and has become one of the most emblematic icons of Chanel. Gabrielle Chanel loved to be surrounded by camellias, she used to spread some all around her apartment at 31 rue Cambon. The delicateness of camellias, as well as the regular design of their petals, have inspired the Studio de Création Chanel.

Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle

Secret de Coccinelle : Genuine jewels and enchanting timepieces, the High Jewelry watches depict the passage of the hours with sparkling poetry. From nature to couture, Van Cleef & Arpels’ enchanting sources of inspiration find expression in the combination of two skills: the measurement of time and the excellence of High Jewelry expertise. The alliance of traditional crafts and technical sophistication is magnified by exceptional diamonds and colorful precious stones, endowing the jewels with precious finery. Creating a sense of surprise and wonder, secret watches perpetuate the Maison’s much-loved tradition of mystery. With their skillfully hidden dials, these elegant and inventive pieces allow their wearers to tell the time discretely, in keeping with rules of courtesy.


About the Ceremony

The winners will be announced on Friday November 9th at the 18th GPHG prize-giving. Held in Geneva’s Théâtre du Léman, the award ceremony will be attended by Mr Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Economic Affairs Minister, along with Genevan authorities and representatives of the international watchmaking profession, all gathered to celebrate the art of horology. French actor and producer Edouard Baer will be serving as master of ceremonies for this event that will notably be broadcast live on Euronews.

The resolutely global GPHG will assemble the watches pre-selected by the jury for a series of exhibitions offering the international public a series of exceptional opportunities to admire the diversity of contemporary watch production representing more than 40 different brands.

Global Road Show

The 2018 roadshow will kick off in Venice on September 28th with an event organised at the Arsenal in partnership with BMW Italy. The 72 pre-selected watches will then fly off to Hong Kong, where they will be on show in the Liang Yi Museum on October 10th and 11th, for private events organised by our principal partner, LGT private bank and then a public presentation in partnership with the Wine’s Link company. After that, they will stop off in Singapore at The Hour Glass, a prominent retailer hosting the roadshow from October 17th to 21st in its Malmaison boutique, where exclusive events will be organised in parallel with the exhibition’s public opening hours.

Upon returning to Geneva, the 72 watches will take up residence in the Palatine rooms of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (MAH) from November 1st to 14th, where the GPHG will organise a multi-facetted exhibition dedicated to watchmaking art and culture, with the support of several local institutions.

Alongside the watches pre-selected by the GPHG jury, the public will be able to view:

– a selection of works from the MAH fine arts collections;
– screenings of videos by international artists taken from the Telling Time exhibition presented by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH);
– a creation and several research projects by students from the Chair in Watch Design of the HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design;
– as well as an exhibition of the winning pictures of the Watch Photo Awards (watch-photo-awards.com), an international competition open to the public at large and launched on the WorldTempus watch information website.
In addition, various educational and entertaining watchmaking workshops will also be organised for visitors, along with other cultural mediation activities.

The 2018 roadshow will end in Vienna, where the presentation of the prize-winning watches will be part of an exclusive event organised at the Liechtenstein City Palace by principal partner, LGT private bank.

For more information, visit http://www.gphg.org

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