This year will be the 20th commemoration of the Oscars of watchmaking, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. As such it is an excellent year: a time of progress and of festivity. This year, the GPHG is dispatching its global watch industry Academy. The activity will welcome a few hundred partners in the area to partake in the different phases of the watch determination measure. Other than the conventional honor service that will be hung on November 12th 2020, the GPHG has reported a progression of occasions, including two displays exhibiting the 19 winning watches since 2001. These shows will be available to people in general during the upcoming versions of Watches & Wonders and Baselworld. To spark your interest, MONOCHROME has assembled a compilation of the remarkable watches that won the Aiguille d’Or.
2001 – Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla
The first laureate of the Aiguille d’Or was a ladies’ watch… and it is the simply one to date. The Lady Kalla is a sublime white gold tightening join arm band watch set with roll jewels. The watch is fueled by a smaller than normal mechanical development and the crown is set on the rear of the case.
2002 – Patek Philippe 5102
Fashioned out of white gold, this remarkable astronomic watch shows the nighttime sky graph over Geneva, the stages and circle of the Moon, and the hour of the meridian section of Sirius. 38mm in breadth, the watch is fueled by the type 240 CL LU with a miniature rotor.
2003 – Patek Philippe 5101P
This proudly exquisite and downplayed formed watch combines two complications: a tourbillon and the force save marker more than 10 days. Its profoundly complicated development is housed in a bended platinum rectangular case with triple ventured flanks.
2004 – F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain à seconde morte
The Tourbillon Souverain à Seconde Morte is fueled by a tourbillon with a remontoire (steady power component) and loser seconds giving an exact sign of the seconds. The force save is demonstrated at 12 o’clock. The complex development is housed in a 40mm platinum case.
2005 – Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile
The Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile is a super complicated two-face wristwatch pressing no less than 16 complications – including brief repeater, a tourbillon, a ceaseless schedule and galactic indications.
2006 – F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine Grande et Petite Sonnerie Avec répétition minutes
F.P. Journe is one of the uncommon makers to have delivered a grande sonnerie wristwatch, quite possibly the most complex horological manifestations. A solitary barrel gives sufficient energy to 24 hours of excellent strike and incorporates a few security highlights. The hand-wound development runs for five days in quiet mode.
2007 – Richard Mille RM012
In the exceptional specialized Richard Mille style, the RM012 was delivered in a restricted release of 30 pieces dressed in platinum. The barrel-formed case houses a fantastic Tourbillon development with a rounded structure.
2008 – F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain
This extraordinary chronograph includes a 100th-of-a-second readout of slipped by times on three counters (1 second, 20 seconds and 10 minutes). The complex development is housed in a 40mm platinum case in the trademark F.P. Journe style.
2009 – A Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
The A Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk is the principal mechanical wristwatch to show the time carefully, down to the moment – giving outstanding intelligibility. The 41.9mm watch likewise shows a little seconds sign with stop seconds and a force hold indication.
2010 – Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30°
The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon remembers 30° for its name as a source of perspective to the point that connects the two portable pens. This 44.5mm profoundly created watch was introduced in a 11-piece restricted edition.
2011 – De Bethune DB28
This 42.6mm titanium watch is a horological UFO including hours, minutes, a circular moon stage, a force hold pointer and a presentation marker. The development packs imaginative highlights and is housed in a trademark De Bethune case with drifting lugs.
2012 – TAG Heuer Mikrogirder
The TAG Heuer Mikrogirder houses an inventive controller running at a remarkable 7,200,000 varieties each hour, to give outstanding exactness. Supplanting the customary hairspring, a coupling edge/excitatory sharp edge framework with direct oscillator vibrates at a minuscule angle.
2013 – Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement LM
The Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement LM is managed by a progressive escapement. Exploiting the bi-stable conditions of a clasped silicon sharp edge, the escapement conveys steady capacity to the controller whatever the power given by the barrel springs.
2014 – Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727
The Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727 joins an equilibrium wheel wavering at 10Hz. This accomplishment is accomplished gratitude to attractive turns to improve the turning, pivot and strength of the equilibrium staff. The framework utilizes two end stones joining incredible miniature magnets.
2015 – Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 secondes Vision
This rich watch is directed by a quick pivoting 24-second tourbillon. The impeccably completed development shows hours, minutes, seconds and the force save. It is housed in a 43.5mm white gold case.
2016 – Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1
The Ferdinand Berthoud FB1 chronometer is fueled by a hand-wound development highlighting a column structure. It is directed by a one-minute tourbillon driven by a suspended fusée-and-chain instrument. The 44mm octagonal case highlights sidelong windows to uncover the movement.
2017 – Chopard L.U.C Full Strike
This wonderful moment repeater with its openwork dial includes a few developments, specifically, straightforward sapphire gongs. These are an indispensable piece of the watch precious stone to improve the spread of their glasslike sound.
2018 – Bovet Récital 22
The third creation of a progression of three astronomic watches, the Bovet Récital 22 commends the three grand bodies that set the tone of our lives: the Sun, Earth, and Moon. The sun is addressed by a flying tourbillon. A hemispherical earth shows the time on a 24-hour cycle. A round moon turns around the earth.
2019 – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ultrathin
With its exemplary Royal Oak look and super slender profile, this watch is the most slender never-ending schedule ever. Its development is 2.89mm and its case 6.3mm thick. This specialized accomplishment was accomplished remaking the three-level engineering of an unending schedule into a solitary layer mechanism.