CovetED Magazine Presents you the Winners of the GPHG 2017 – The Oscars of the watch industry have just ended. The 17th edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG 2017) has yielded some expected winners and also some unexpected upsets. So, today, CovetED Magazine will introduce you the amazing award-winning designs!
Winner of GPHG 2017 Ladies High Mech Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels
Ever faithful to a poetic view of life, Van Cleef & Arpels introduced a distinctive dimension to the field of watchmaking: the dreams and emotions. Best known for their “poetic complications” or mechanical expressions of stories on the dial, the Van Cleef and Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate expresses these values and themes emblematic to the Maison.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize: Bulgari
Bulgari has been collecting watchmaking kudos since they astounded the industry with their 2014 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, breaking records to become the world’s slimmest tourbillon. For 2017, the brand upped the horological ante by skeletonising their record-breaking tourbillon and introducing the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Innovation Prize: Zenith
When World of Watches spoke to Jean Claude Biver in July, we learnt that the LVMH watchmaking chief had planned to position Zenith as the “future of tradition”. It was then that we learnt of a brand new Zenith oscillator. When the winner of GPHG 2017 innovation prize was revealed to be the Zenith DEFY Lab, there was very little surprise to the editorial team.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Petite Aiguille prize: Tudor
The vintage-inspired Tudor Black Bay Chronograph was the winner of the GPHG 2017 Petite Aiguille prize. When Tudor released teasers about a new chronograph unveiling for Baselworld 2017, we had hoped it would be a Monte Carlo Chronograph, instead, their new manufacture Tudor Chronograph derived its core aesthetic elements from the Heritage Black Bay diver’s models.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Revival watch: Longines
With a treasure trove of immense heritage (Longines was one of the original Big Three before Patek), Longines regularly draws on its historical pieces to enhance its Heritage line. The Longines Avigation BigEye is a re-issue chronograph from the 1930es. The brand with the Flying Hourglass motif also has a great tradition of pilot watches and provenance within the field of aviation, case in point: Charles Lindbergh.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Aiguille D’or Grand Prix: Chopard
To take top honours during your 20th birthday is a fitting celebration. The Winner of GPHG 2017 Aiguille D’or Grand Prix: Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike, the Fleurier manufacture’s first ever minute repeater. With more than six years of work, the L.U.C. Full Strike is Chopard’s most sophisticated chiming watch to date, building upon the L.U.C Strike One which chimes each striking hour, launched in 2006.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Vacheron Constantin
Brooking the least argument, the winner of GPHG 2017 Mechanical Exception Watch Prize rightly belongs to the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600.
Winner of GPHG 2017 Special Jury Prize: Chanel Mademoiselle Coromandel with enamel dial made by Anita Porchet and Suzanna Rohr
The work of master artisans — enamellers, engravers, and stone-setters — the Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel exemplifies Chanel watchmaking and their penchant for intricate beauty. Suzanna Rohr and Anita Porchet are virtual strangers to industry outsiders but in high horology circles, they are veritable grand mistresses of enamelling.
GPHG 2017 Unexpected Upset 1: Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
The Visionnaire Chronograph, powered by the automatic calibre 6361, is a revolutionary new movement that imparts unprecedented clarity, precision and efficiency to the highly popular chronograph complication. The new chronograph movement developed by Agenhor, the Geneva-based movement specialist, is the brainchild of Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
GPHG 2017 Unexpected Upset 2: Montblanc 1815 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
The 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 showcases a vintage style: sunray finished champagne dial matching the bronze case.
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