Full List Of Watches Competing In The 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
by Ian Skellern
It’s that time of year again when the list of watches competing in the next edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is published. The GPHG is the “Oscars” of the watchmaking industry, and this is the fifteenth edition.
The list (link at the bottom of this article) represents the watches competing in the first round of the competition from which the jury will preselect six in each category. These 72 preselected watches will then go on a little presentation tour – such as during the Dubai Watch Week – before going on display at the Cité du Temps in Geneva.
The winning watches will be selected during a top-secret meeting of the jury and subsequently announced during the exciting ceremony that takes place on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. You will be able to watch the ceremony in real time right here on Quill & Pad.
Here are a few of the competing watches that we’ve already written about:
In the Ladies’ category, you can read about the Audemars Piguet Millenary in Give Me Five! Scintillating Ladies Watches From SIHH 2015; you can learn about the manufacture movement inside of the Ulysse Nardin Jade in 5 In-House Calibers From Ulysse Nardin; and you can discover a bit more about the TAG Heuer Carrera Cara Delevingne in TAG Heuer’s 2015 Baselworld: Cara Delevingne Special Edition, Smartwatch Announcement.
In the Ladies’ High-Mech category, we are pleased to help you discover the Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower in Jaquet Droz In Bloom: The Astonishing Lady 8 Flower Automat; the Fabergé Lady Compliquée in Fabergé Inaugurates Rebirth With Exceptional Lady Compliquée; and the Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewelry in Montblanc Introduces Distinctive Bohème Perpetual Calendar For Ladies.
In the Men’s category, please read about the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity in The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity: My, How Things Change; the MB&F HMX in The Independent Genius Of MB&F’s HMX; and the Sarpaneva Koronoa K0 Northern Lights in Aurora Borealis: Stepan Sarpaneva Koronoa K0 Northern Lights And GoS Nordic Seasons.
In the Chronograph category, we have already written about the Hautlence Invictus Morphus in Hautlence, Branding, Eric Cantona, And The 10-Year Anniversary; the Louis Moinet Memoris in Memoris By Louis Moinet: Paying Homage To Historical Chronographic Ingenuity; the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco da Gama in BOOM! Montblanc’s Explorer-Inspired Heritage Chronométrie Collection; and the ArtyA Son of Sound Guitar Race in 3 Rock-And-Roll Wristwatches At Baselworld 2015 By MCT, Sarpaneva, And ArtyA.
From the Tourbillon category, you can read about Antoine Preziuso’s Tourbillon of Tourbillons in Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons: Fractals Meet ‘Inception’; Blancpain’s L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel in L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel By Blancpain: Whirlwind And Karussel Converge; the Bovet Braveheart in The Bovet Amadeo BraveHeart: Two Brave Hearts Are Better Than One; the Fabergé Visionnaire I in Fabergé Inaugurates Rebirth With Exceptional Lady Compliquée; the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision in SIHH 2015 Photo Essay: Greubel Forsey and Give Me Five! Tourbillons From SIHH 2015; MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 in Heartbeat: Horological Machine No. 6 By MB&F; the Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama in World Travel Made Easy: Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama; the Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon in The Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon By Ulysse Nardin; and the Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon in Raymond Weil’s Bid To Move Upmarket Spawns Nabucco Cello Tourbillon.
In the Calendar category, please read about the Hermès Slim d’Hermès QP in Introducing Slim d’Hermès: The Elegant New Backbone Of The Hermès Collection.
Please read about the very resonant Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges in Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges In the Striking category.
The Mechanical Exception category is once again incredibly interesting. Thus, it stands to reason that we’ve written about a few of these watches in the last year – such as the Christophe Claret Maestoso in The Collector And The Sea: How The Christophe Claret Maestoso Might Save A Life; the Emmanuel Bouchet Complication 1 in Complication 1 By Emmanuel Bouchet Featuring A Giant Swiss Lever Escapement; the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird in The Whimsical Song Of Jaquet Droz’s Charming Bird; and the HYT H3 in How The H3 Is Set To Ensure HYT’s Future.
I appreciate the Petite Aiguille category because it brings to light some interesting timepieces that won’t necessarily break the bank with price tags under 8,000 Swiss francs. Some we’ve already examined include the Slim d’Hermès in Introducing Slim d’Hermès: The Elegant New Backbone Of The Hermès Collection; the Habring2 Felix in Habring2 Gets Happy (And Serious) With Felix, Featuring First Austrian Movement; the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum in 16 Brand-New Pre-SIHH 2015 Watches By Richard Mille, Greubel Forsey, Jaeger-LeCoultre And Many More; and the Zenith Elite 6150 in Zenith Turns 150 And Rediscovers Its Roots. Again.
The Jewelry category always brings a few exceedingly rare and unique timepieces out into the spotlight. We have already exposed the Fabergé Summer in Provence Multicoloured Sapphire in Fabergé Inaugurates Rebirth With Exceptional Lady Compliquée and the Hublot Big Bang Unico 10 Years Haute Joaillerie in 10 Years Of The Hublot Big Bang: Fusion, Diamonds, And ‘Rock’ Culture.
Finally, the Artistic Crafts category brings incredible artistry to light. The jury will not have an easy time with this year’s offerings. Some we have already spotlighted include the Chopard Happy Fish in Lighting Up With Lume At Baselworld 2015. Warning: Sunglasses Advised! and the HYT Skull Red Eye in The HYT Skull: Fad, Trend, Style, Or Movement?
For the full list of watches entered into the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and the jury members, which includes our own Elizabeth Doerr, please visit www.gphg.org/watches/en/grand-prix-dhorlogerie-de-geneve/2015/PAR.
Also published on Medium.