2020 Oscars of Haute Horology

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, which has been given for 19 years, hold again, despite of pandemic. And again, as always, this was the best opportunity to remember the best times of the year.

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Awards, which have been given to the best watches of the industry once a year since 2001, were given on December 12. These awards have an extra importance during the pandemic: It is a motivation source for watchmaking industry.

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At the award ceremony, where balloons were placed in the gaps at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva, people seated according to the physical distance rules. This time 350 watch expert, not only 20-30, decided to winners of 18 awards in 14 categories out of 84 hours. Inspired by Michelangelo’s famous fresco “The Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, it was Swiss designer Roger Pfund who designed the awards representing Swiss handcrafted watches for centuries.

It was nice to see that besides the most well-known brands, watches from brands such as Theo Auffret, Behrens, Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asako, and Ming were nominated. Piaget won the 2020 GPHG (Grand Prix d‘Horlogerie de Genève) Grand Prix with its Altiplano Ultimate Concept model (2 mm), which is the thinnest watch ever.

The candidate and winner watches of the 14 categories were:

WATCH OF YEAR “AIGUILLE D’OR”

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

LADIES WATCH

Candidates

  • Beauregard Lili
  • Bovet 1822 Miss Audrey
  • Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Bouton perle
  • Dior Montres Dior Grand Bal Ruban
  • Hermès Arceau Petite Lune Sprinkling of diamonds and sapphires
  • Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient
Beauregard Lili

COMPLICATED WATCH

Candidates:

Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon

MEN WATCH

Candidates:

  • Bulgari Octo Finissimo S Blue Dial
  • De Bethune DB28XP Starry Sky
  • Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Green
  • Petermann Bédat Dead beat second
  • Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette Manufacture-Only Carbonium® Edition
  • Voutilainen 28SC
Bulgari Octo Finissimo S Blue Dial

MEN’S COMPLICATION WATCH

Candidates:

  • Bovet 1822 Récital 27
  • De Bethune DB28XP Tourbillon
  • Girard-Perregaux Quasar Light
  • Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1
  • Hermès Slim d’Hermès GMT
  • MB&F HM10 Bulldog Ti
Bovet 1822 Récital 27

ICONIC WATCH

Candidates:

  • Breitling Chronomat B01 42
  • Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph
  • Girard-Perregaux Laureato Infinity Edition (42 mm)
  • IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph
  • Piaget Altiplano Origin Automatic
  • Seiko Professional Diver’s 1000M
Breitling Chronomat B01 42

CHRONOMETRE WATCH

Candidates:

  • Armin Strom Gravity Equal Force Stainless steel
  • Bernhard Lederer Central Impulse Chronometer
  • Brivet-Naudot Eccentricity
  • Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE.2
  • H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser X MB&F
  • Theo Auffret Tourbillon in Paris
Armin Strom Gravity Equal Force
Stainless steel


CALENDAR and ASTRONOMY WATCH

Candidates:

Behrens Apolar

MECHANICAL EXCEPTIONAL WATCH

Candidates:

  • Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance
  • Bovet 1822 Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter
  • Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron
  • MB&F Legacy Machine Thunderdome
  • Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
  • Ressence Type 2A
Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance


CHRONOGRAPH WATCH

  • Atelier de Chronométrie Split-seconds chronograph
  • Breitling Top Time Limited Edition
  • H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
  • Kurono Tokyo by HajimeAsaoka Kurono Chronograph 1
  • Louis Moinet Memoris Superlight
  • Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT Steel Black
Atelier de Chronométrie
Split-seconds chronograph


DIVER’S WATCH

Candidates:

Breitling Superocean Automatic 48 Boutique Edition


JEWELRY WATCH

  • Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati
  • Chopard Magari
  • Dior Montres Dior Grand Soir Reine des Abeilles
  • Jacob & Co The Mystery Tourbillon Full Ruby
  • Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Secrète watch
Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati


ARTISTIC CRAFT WATCH

  • ANDERSEN Genève Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary
  • Bovet 1822 Amadéo Tourbillon Squelette 7 Jours
  • Dior Montres Dior Grand Bal Plume
  • Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild
  • Jacob & Co Astronomia Sky Phoenix
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Soleil Féerique
ANDERSEN Genève
Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary


“PETITE AIGUILLE”

  • Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II
  • Habring2 Chrono Felix Panda
  • IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Automatic 40
  • Sarpaneva Watches Sarpaneva x Moomin
  • Trilobe Secret
Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton


CHALLENGING WATCH

  • Behrens Rotary
  • Breitling Endurance Pro
  • Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asaoka Kurono Anniversary Green ‘森:Mori’
  • Louis Erard Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein
  • MING Ming 27.01 Ultra Thin
  • Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
Behrens Rotary


INNOVATION WATCH

Parmigiani Fleurier Hijri Perpetual Calendar

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Parmigiani Fleurier Hijri Perpetual Calendar

BRAVE WATCH

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser X MB&F

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H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser X MB&F

HOROLOGICAL REVELATION PRIZE

Petermann Bédat Deadbeat seconds

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Petermann Bédat Dead beat second

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Antoine Simonin

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Antoine Simonin