This is it, the 2019 release of the GPHG, known as the “Oscars of the watchmaking business”, has come to a nearby and the prize for the best watch of the year, otherwise called the “Aiguille d’Or”, has been granted. This year once more, the Grand Prix targets compensating innovativeness, development and haute horlogerie – so, the best the watchmaking business can deliver. So here’s the best watch of 2019, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin (in view of the RD#2 idea), reviewed here , otherwise called the thinnest perpetual calendar observe ever – just as the wide range of various prize champs of the GPHG 2019.
As frequently, the Grand Prix tends, in the ordinary classifications, to grant some amazingly complicated (and costly) watches. The GPHG 2019 doesn’t make a special case, with the majority of the triumphant watches being an exhibition of the best abilities of the business. While a year ago autonomous watchmakers were at all important focal point, this year apparently development has been the fundamental subject, with a few watches being top tier in their classification (AP obviously, yet additionally Bvlgari, Vacheron or Seiko, with a Spring Drive watch). Unquestionably, we couldn’t want anything more than to see a couple of more “normal” watches, some that are really available to simple humans, however then again, the GPHG celebrates watchmaking as an industry… and that industry is additionally here to make us dream.
And now, here’s the full rundown of watches (and individuals) granted at the GPHG 2019.
Aiguille d’Or – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
The Aiguille d’Or commends the best watch of the year, all classifications notwithstanding. This year, the GPHG 2019 gives full credit to a precisely great watch, the commercial variant of the RD#2 Concept, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. This piece, with its 2.89mm thick development and 6.3mm thick case, is the thinnest perpetual calendar at any point made by the watch business. This was made conceivable by broad work on the development, by eliminating a portion of the typical layers of a QP, shaving millimeters wherever in the development and the case. No compelling reason to say, this watch is an amazing accomplishment. Furthermore, with its exemplary Royal Oak look and titanium case, it is one shockingly wearable piece. Credit to AP for this victory.
Ladies’ Watch Prize – Chanel J12 Caliber 12.1
For the ladies’ watch prize, the GPHG 2019 honors one of only a handful few ultra-notorious looks for women, the Chanel J12, a watch that in some way or another made the full ceramic idea in vogue. The freshest form introduced here highlights a development dependent on Tudor’s make calibre.
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize – MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
Here, we talk about ladies’ watches that are wonderful as far as their mechanical imagination and complexity. Furthermore, in reality, MB&F’s absolute first ladylike piece is a dazzling illustration of the brand’s innovativeness. Precisely complex, shockingly rich, bold… Well-merited prize for Max Büsser and Friends.
Men’s Watch Prize – Voutilainen 28ti
This year, in this classification that incorporates men’s watches comprising just straightforward signs (no significant complications), the GPHG 2019 by and by remunerations crafted by autonomous watchmaker Kari Voutilainen and his 28TI model, a watch with an upset development that permits you to think about the magnificence of the hand finishing.
Men’s Complication Watch Prize – Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Supersonnerie
In this classification that celebrates men’s watches that are surprising as far as their mechanical innovativeness and complexity, AP wins a subsequent honor, with its dubious watch, Code 11.59. Nonetheless, we’re talking here about an overhauled minute repeater watch with a few imaginative answers for improve both the quality and the volume of the sound delivered. Notwithstanding that, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Supersonnerie highlights an amazing angle blue polish dial.
Iconic Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin
The notorious watch prize, another class for the GPHG 2019, concerns watches from a symbolic assortment that has been practicing an enduring impact on watchmaking history and the watch market for more than 25 years… And what could be more significant than the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin – particularly this white gold adaptation of the 15202 with an inconceivable pink gold/salmon shaded dial? What’s more, that makes 3 prizes for Audemars Piguet.
Chronometry Watch Prize – Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud Carburised steel regulator
The Chronometry prize concerns mechanical watches comprising in any event one tourbillon and additionally an exceptional escapement as well as another advancement improving chronometry (exactness timekeeping). In the wake of winning the GPHG in 2016 , Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud is back in the game with another prize… Well, for a brand named Chronométrie, sounds sensible to win the Chronometry prize.
Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize – Hermès Arceau L’heure de la lune
In this class for mechanical watches comprising in any event one calendar as well as galactic complication (for example date, yearly calendar, perpetual calendar, condition of time, complex moon stages show, and so on), the GPHG 2019 honors the Hermès Arceau L’heure de la lune – and as it should be, as this watch has an exquisite and poetical plan as well as a somewhat interesting presentation where the signs pivot around the dial to demonstrate the moon phases.
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize – Genus GNS1.2
Here we talk about watches highlighting an extraordinary system, like an imaginative or modern showcase, a robot, a striking or some other acoustic capacity, a belt-driven development or some other unique as well as uncommon horological idea. This year, the GPHG compliments a newcomer, the primary watch from a brand established as of late; Genus . This watch includes a complex sign of the time, where a mechanical “centipede” (the brand calls this free-circling component “Class”) slithers over and around two 30-minute roundabout indicators.
Chronograph Watch Prize – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
As for the best chronograph of 2019, it is a merited prize for Bvlgari with its incredibly noteworthy new chronograph complication in its arrangement of ultra-thin watches , the Octo Finissimo. Being the thinnest chronograph development and watch at any point made, and notwithstanding that with programmed winding and a GMT complication, it is an enormous accomplishment for the brand.
Diver’s Watch Prize – Seiko Prospex LX line diver’s
For this class of watches “linked to the universe of plunging, whose capacities, materials and configuration are fit to this activity”, who better than Seiko, one of the experts of the class, to win the prize? The GPHG 2019 prizes the new Prospex LX Line Diver’s, an instrument-like piece with Seiko’s creative development inside, the Spring Drive technology.
Jewellery Watch Prize – Bvlgari Serpenti Misteriosi Romani
Regarding watches showing remarkable authority of the craft of gems and diamond setting, the GPHG 2019 prize goes to Bvlgari with its heavenly sleeve, the Serpenti Misteriosi Romani.
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize – Voutilainen Starry Night Vine
The second prize for Kari Voutilainen, with the Starry Night Vine (enlivened by Van Gogh), in the Artistic Craft class – Watches exhibiting extraordinary authority of one or a few creative methods, for example, plating, lacquering, etching, guilloché (motor turning), skeleton-working, etc.
“Petite Aiguille” Prize – Kudoke 2
For the Petite Aiguille classification, which means watches with a retail cost between CHF 4,000 and CHF 10,000, the GPHG 2019 prize goes to a little, autonomous watchmaker named Kudoke , known to create rather noteworthy watches with various hand-completed parts on the development side yet with an exceptionally prudent and rich design.
Challenge Watch Prize – Tudor Black Bay P01
For the “Challenge Prize”, which means watches with a retail cost under CHF 4,000, the honor goes to Tudor with the somewhat disputable and intense (no doubt) Black Bay P01, which is reviewed here .
Innovation Prize – Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat perpetual calendar
This prize rewards the best watch, introduced in one of the fourteen classes, that offers a creative vision of time estimation (regarding method, plan, materials, and so on) and opens up new improvement pathways for the specialty of watchmaking. This prize is optional and the jury will choose whether there are justification for granting it in 2019.
The grant goes to the VC Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar, a watch with a perpetual calendar work that highlights not one but rather two controlling organs, which can be exchanged by essentially squeezing a catch on the case. Along these lines, it can stockpile to 65 days of force save nearly taking out the need to change the QP work. Noteworthy innovation – and one we nearly picked here as the Aiguille d’Or at MONOCHROME…
Audacity Prize – Urwerk AMC
This prize rewards the best watch, introduced in one of the fourteen classifications, which includes a non-conventionalist, strange way to deal with watchmaking. It is proposed to encourage imaginative daringness. This prize is optional and the jury will choose whether there are reason for granting it in 2019.
For this extraordinary prize, the GPHG 2019 honors an amazing time-machine, in view of a nuclear clock and a watch, cooperating as a thoughtful clock. The Urwerk AMC is a watchmaker’s dream, absolutely irrational yet no less fascinating.
Horological Revelation Prize – Ming 17.06 Copper
This prize rewards a watch, made by a youthful brand (under ten years of presence since its first model was commercialized) and entered in one of the fourteen classes. Thusly, MING watches is an incredible illustration of a newcomer in the watch business that figured out how to make its own style, with extraordinary looking watches.
Special Jury Prize – Luc Pettavino, Founder and Organizer of Only Watch
This prize rewards a character, organization or activity that has assumed a principal part in advancing excellent watchmaking. It can’t be granted to a watch, nor to a brand accordingly. As the organizer of the foundation Only Watch, Luc Pettavino has worked effectively with numerous watch brands, and as such merits this extraordinary jury prize!
Only Watch is a biennial pledge drive for research on solid dystrophy – Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies (AMM). Coordinated under the support of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the watches of the 8th release will be unloaded by Christie’s on Saturday 9 November 2019. More subtleties at www.onlywatch.com .