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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Grand Prix Of Watches Selects Its Winners

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Ferdinand Berthoud, Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1

The 16th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève held its awards ceremony Thursday at at Théâtre du Léman in Geneva. The top prize, the “Aiguille d’Or,” was presented to Ferdinand Berthoud, for the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB1, a tourbillon, described as a marine chronometer made to fit the wrist.

The chronometer is powered by an original mechanical hand-wound movement comprising more than 1,120 components, entirely produced in house. The caliber FB-T.FC features a pillar-structure and a symmetry between its tourbillon and its original fusée and chain mechanism. The fusée is equipped with a differential-winding system as well as a “suspended mobile cone” power-reserve mechanism.

The remaining 14 awards represented a broad mix of mechanical movements and high design entries and included a combination of high respected independent watchmakers and international watch brands. Chanel, an international fashion brand, was a surprise winner and two watch brands, Girard-Perregaux and Piaget, received two awards. 

The award winners were selected by the panel of 27 experts that made up the international jury. The remaining winners is as follows:

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

In addition to the jury award the general public voted on a “Public Prize,” casting votes on the Internet and at the various international exhibitions. This was awarded to award the Public Prize to: Czapek Genève, 33 bis Quai des Bergues

After stopovers in Seoul and Rome, the exhibition presenting the 72 watches pre-selected by the jury remains on show in Geneva until November 12 at the Cité du Temps. The prize-winning watches of this 2016 vintage will be exhibited in Dubai, November 15 to 19, as part of the second Dubai Watch Week. 

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