The award ceremony of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the night of the Watchmaking Oscars, has just ended, where the coveted awards were awarded to 15 watches, divided by their respective categories, including the prestigious " Aiguille d'Or ”Grand Prix Best-in-show award.
This year I had the honor of being part of the GPHG Academy and I am really excited to see most of the watches I selected among the winners, although it was difficult to give preference to certain watches over others. Especially where in the same category, watches competed where beauty was evident, but also the effort by the brands to propose something new and out of the box. Being an active part of such an important organization for the promotion and enhancement of a sector that I love and to which I owe a lot, that of watchmaking, is a real privilege.
Some details on the selection procedures. For the uninitiated, the finalist watches competing for prizes in the ceremony that takes place every year at Théâtre du Léman in Geneva, must go through various selection stages. The 650 members of the GPHG Academy first selected 90 of the 254 timepieces entered in this year's competition, including 84 and 6 clocks.
After this selection, the 30-member GPHG jury meets in Geneva a few days earlier behind closed doors, in the presence of a notary, and conducts the final vote. Although the GPHG Academy votes again in the last week of October, their votes carry less weight in the final tally than the votes of the official jury members.
But let's see the winners of this edition of the GPHG 2022.
Aiguille d'Or | MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Evo
Designed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell, the LM Sequential EVO features two full chronograph displays, each with a large 60-second counter and a smaller 30-minute counter. As you'd expect, each of these displays can be started, stopped and reset completely independently of each other, using the start / stop and reset buttons on their respective sides of the case.
But this chronograph goes much further, thanks to the revolutionary "Twinverter" binary switch that allows multiple timing modes: split second, sequential (lap timer) and even a cumulative "chess game" mode, a combination never seen before in any other wrist watch.
The winners of the GPHG 2022
The other winners of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2022 were, Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automaticc (Ladies), Hermès Arceau Le temps voyageur (Ladies Complication), Atelier AKRIVIA Chronomètre Contemporain II (Men's), Hermès Arceau Le temps voyageur (Mens' Complication), TAG Heuer Monaco X Gulf (Iconic), H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton (Tourbillon), Krayon Anywhere (Calendar and Astronomy), Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RSM.2-1 (Mechanical Exemption), Grönefeld 1941 Grönograaf Tantalum (Chronograph), Tudor Pelagos FXD (Diver), Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi High Jewelery (High Jewelery), Voutilainen Ji-Ku (Artistic Crafts), Trilobe Nuit Fantastique Dune Edition (Petite Auguille), MAD Editions MAD1 Red (Challenge), Van Cleef & Arpels Fontaine Aux Oiseaux automaton (Mechanical Clock), Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon (Chronometry), Sylvain Pinaud Origin (Horological Revelation), Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra 10th Anniversary (Audacity), Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Heures Florales Cerisier watch (Innovation) and the special jury prize awarded to Francois Junod.
After the ceremony, the winning watches of the 2022 edition will travel to Zurich at the end of November for a private presentation in collaboration with FGP Swiss & Alps, GPHG's main partner for the past three years. They will finally be exhibited for the first time in New York, from 1 to 4 December, in collaboration with Watches of Switzerland.