The watchmaking art was in the spotlight last night at the Théâtre du Léman on the occasion of the awards ceremony for the 16th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). Enriched by the varied competencies of 27 experts, the prestigious international jury of this 2016 edition of the GPHG announced the winners of 15 prizes and awarded the “Aiguiile d’Or” Grand Prix to Ferdinand Berthoud for the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 model.
The Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Montblanc, MB&F, Piaget, TAG Heuer and Tudor brands, along with Chanel, Eberhard & Co, Fabergé and Grönefeld, were also honoured by this year’s jury.
Hosted by Frédéric Beigbeder and Gaspard Proust and broadcast live on various media for watch aficionados around the world, the ceremony drew 1,300 guests – representing influential players in the watchmaking, political and economic arenas – to celebrate the quest for excellence, creativity and passion that drives the watch industry.
2016 PRIZE LIST
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Ferdinand Berthoud, Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet
Ladies’ High-Mech Prize: Girard-Perregaux, Cat's Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge
Men’s Watch Prize: Grönefeld, 1941 Remontoire
Chronograph Watch Prize: Montblanc, 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
Tourbillon Watch Prize: Girard-Perregaux, La Esmeralda Tourbillon
Calendar Watch Prize: MB&F, Legacy Machine Perpetual
Travel Time Watch Prize: Fabergé, Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ
Mechanical Exception Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Tudor, Heritage Black Bay Bronze
Sports Watch Prize: Eberhard & Co, Scafograf 300
Jewellery Watch Prize: Chanel, Secret Watch "Signature Grenat"
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Piaget, Protocole XXL "Secrets & Lights" Venice Micro-Mosaic
“Revival” Watch Prize: TAG Heuer, Heuer Monza Chronographe
Special Jury Prize: The George Daniels Educational Trust