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GPHG 2015: The winners that matter

Since 2001, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has been celebrating excellence in watchmaking, becoming known over the years as the “Oscars” of watchmaking.

On Thursday evening, the winners of GPHG 2015 were announced across 12 categories. This year, more than 200 watches participated for the awards, out of which only 72 were shortlisted. These pieces got to travel to several cities around the world before heading to Geneva, where the winners were announced.

The ceremony was held at the Geneva Grand Theatre and below is a list of the winning men’s models, with a description of the spectacular aspects of each of the novelties:

Aiguille D’Or Grand Prix: Greubel Forsey

Stephen Forsey from Greubel Forsey received the competition’s most distinctive prize for the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Inclined Vision, which was first released at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) earlier this January.

In this timepiece, the tourbillon is presented under a sapphire crystal dome, drawing attention to its lower bridge.

Mechanical Exception category: Jaquet Droz

The Charming Bird timepiece by Jaquet Droz was awarded in this category, which recognises distinctive and special mechanisms and horological concepts. As indicated by the name, the timepiece features an automated singing bird.

Striking category: Girard-Perregaux

The award in the Striking Category went to Girard Perregaux’s Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges.

The “striking” factor of this watch is that is the manufacturer has flipped the insides of the watch, showcasing the complicated components, which are usually hidden in the back, at the front.

Tourbillon category: Ulysse Nardin

After being awarded by the International Salon of Haute Horology in Mexico and winning the Prix Orologio dell’Anno 2015 in Italy, Ulysse Nardin’s Anchor Tourbillon scored its third win this year at GPHG.

The timepiece’s striking mechanical advancement is presented in its Ulysse Anchor escapement, made from silicum, housing a 60-second tourbillon that is visible through a large opening at six o’clock.

Calendar category: Hermès

While not the biggest name in the watchmaking industry, French luxury house Hermès was the winner of the Calendar category for its Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar.

The Slim d’Hermès collection was released earlier this year and showcases the brand’s desire to elevate the status of La Montre Hermès.

Artistic Crafts category: Blancpain

The wristwatch features the Hindu elephant-headed god, Ganesh. It uses the traditional Japanese Shakudo alloy from gold and copper, materials previously used to make Samurai sword handles.

Innovation category: Antoine Preziuso

Tourbillon of Tourbillons, the winner of this category, is an enchanting timepiece that presents three tourbillons on one revolving plate.

The watch is the brainchild of Antoine Preziuso, and was executed with the assistance of his son, Florian Preziuso.

Horological Revelation category: Laurent Ferrier

The Galet Square presented a new take on the collection’s case presentation, featuring a steel case in the shape of a cushion and a minimal dial.

The smooth lining of the watch is a direct embodiment of its name, “Galet”, which translates to “pebble”.

Petite Aiguille Watch Prize: Habring2

Felix, the timepiece that celebrates the brand’s first-year anniversary, scooped the category’s award. It features the in-house A11 movement and represents the brand’s second consecutive win at GPHG.

Chronograph Watch category: Piaget

The Altiplano Chrono is regarded as one of the thinnest hand-wound flyback chronographs, with the movement measuring just 4.65 mm.

It was presented last January at SIHH and features a new movement and case.

Sports Watch category: Tudor

Tudor’s Pelagos diver’s watch, the winner of the Sports Watch category, takes pride in being one of the most efficient examples of a tool watch. It also features one of the brand’s first in-house movements, the TUDOR MT5612.

The brand presented its first-ever in-house movements this year.

Men’s Watch Category: Voutilainen

With its masculine, dark and rugged yet classy-looking dial, Voutilainen’s GMR timepiece won in this category.

It has a slightly sporty look, but can very pleasantly complement dressier styles.

Prix du Public: Antoine Preziuso

The independent watchmaker secured a public vote, praising his work on micro-mechanics, the Tourbillon of Tourbillons, featuring three tourbillons mounted on a revolving plate.

Special Jury Prize

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to three watchmakers: Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus and Jean-Luc Perrin, who collaborated on creating a Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260. This pocket watch took eight years to create and is regarded as the most complicated ever created, with 57 functions.