Saturday, 16 November 2013

Presenting the winners of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2013

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2013 concluded yesterday with 15 prizes awarded to a diverse array of timepieces, with a surprisingly heavy inclination towards independent watchmakers.

Perhaps the closest the watch world has to the Oscars, the prize presentation ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2013 took place a few hours ago at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. 

Girard-Perregaux took home the top award of the evening, the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, for its Constant Escapement. Notably, independent watchmakers featured prominently amongst the winners, including Vianney Halter for the Innovation Prize.

Here is the list of winners:

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix
Awarded to the best watch overall in the contest

Grande Complication Prize
Watches featuring three major complications or two major complications plus several minor ones


Public Prize
For the watch with the most votes from the public, garnered online and at the exhibitions of the competing watches prior to the prize ceremony

Ladies’ Complications Watch Prize
Ladies' watches with one or more complications

Ladies’ Watch Prize
Ladies' watches with no complications
DeLaneau, Rondo Translucent Champagne 

Men’s Complications Watch Prize
Men's watches with one or more complications

Men’s Watch Prize
Men's watches with no complications

Innovation Prize
For technical innovation or innovative design

Jewellery Watch Prize
For mastery of jewellery making and gemsetting
Chopard, L’Heure du Diamant 

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize
For exceptional mastery of one or several artistic techniques like enamelling or engraving
Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Brodé 

Sports Watch Prize
Sports watches water-resistant to at least 100 m and shock resistant according to ISO1413

“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize
Watches with retail price of below SFr7500 (~US$8200)

Revival Prize
Best watch in the contest that offers a contemporary reinterpretation or reissue of an iconic old model

Horological Revelation Prize
An optional prize awarded at the discretion of the jury for a watch, created by a young brand (less than five years of existence since the first model was commercialised) and entered in one of the ten categories

Special Jury Prize
Awarded to a person or institution that has been instrumental in promoting high-quality watchmaking