GPHG 2018 and a Look Back at Past Winners

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On November 9th, 2018, The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), returns to Geneva for the prize giving ceremony. Watch brands are invited to submit their entries in different categories including Men’s, Chronometry, Mechanical Exception, Sports and more! Each year the competition is open to watches released in the previous year and a half, for 2018, this means watches released after March 2017 and before October 31, 2018.

Previous GPHG Winners

There have been quite a few GPHG winners over the years. Here are watches that have won and that we currently have available on the pre-owned market!

2013 Grand Complication

In 2013, A. Lange & Söhne took home the Grand Complication prize for the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar. The watch features the eighth chronograph calibre developed by Lange, featuring a rattrapante chronograph, perpetual calendar, moon-phase and power reserve indicator. Even with all these complications, the watch features a well-organized dial, easy to read at first glance. The movement is made of 631 individual parts, with more than 200 alone in the perpetual calendar mechanism.

2014 Revival Watch

Omega submitted the Dark Side of the Moon in 2014 and took home the Revival Watch prize. This watch was a sleek and sporty new addition to the iconic Speedmaster collection. It features a case of brushed and polished ceramic, formed from a single block of black ceramic. It speaks to Speedmaster fans and watch enthusiasts alike who want to combine the impressive history with modern elements and one of the most remarkable chronograph mechanical watch movements.

2014 Petite Aiguille (Watches Under US$8,000)

Also in 2014, Grand Seiko took home the prize for Petite Aiguille, or watches under $8,000. This prize went to the Hi-Beat 36’000 GMT with steel case and stunning green dial. The limited edition of 600 is a prime example of the high accuracy, legibility and reliability of Grand Seiko watches. The case is typical design for the brand, dating back to the 1960’s, while the dial features a texture complementing the simplicity of the case. The green has a delicate radial pattern, inspired by the many ridged contours of Mt. Iwate, the mountain visible through the Watch Studio windows.

2015 Horological Revelation

In 2015, the prize of Horological Revelation went to Laurent Ferrier and the Galet Square, pictured above in Rose Gold. The watch expanded upon the Galet first unveiled in 2010 with a new model, the Galet Square, being released in 2015. Its evolution from the Galet to Galet Square has been compared to the waves polishing pebbles. The watch is a square shape, leaning towards a cushion, with an aesthetic harmony in the design. It was designed to measure 41mm x 41mm across the wrist, to assert a bolder presence on the wrist. This 2015 model was the first time Laurent Ferrier introduced a steel case and blue dial.

2016 Petite Aiguille (Watches Under US$8,000)

For 2016, Tudor took home the prize for the Petite Aiguille category for the Heritage Black Bay Bronze. The watch, as the model may suggest, has characteristics drawing from Tudor’s rich history. The general lines and domed crystal are reminiscent of the first Tudor diving watches and the crown is in reference to the 1958 7924 reference. Outside of the historic influences, the watch blends modern elements found with the Aluminum Bronze alloy case.

GPHG 2018

For 2018, there are quite a few notable models being taken into consideration. To view all the watches and categories, you can learn more on GPHG.org. Here are some of our favorites from the 2018 entries.

Men’s Watches

  • De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels
  • Vacheron Constanin Historiques Triple Calendrier

Men’s Complication

  • Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon
  • Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar
  • Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual

Chronograph

  • Montblanc 1858 Monopusher
  • Zenith Defy El Primero 21

Chronometry

  • De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius
  • Tag Heuer Carrera Tourbillon
  • Zenith Defy Zero G

Mechanical Exception

  • Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon
  • Greubel Forsey Grand Sonnerie
  • Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision

Sports

  • Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s
  • Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf
  • Zenith Pilot Chronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

Challenge

  • Longines Conquest VHP GMT
  • Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik
  • Tudor Black Bay GMT

We can’t wait to see who brings home the prizes this year!