GPHG 2019: Audemars Piguet Takes Top PrizesWritten by Alvin Wong
Traditional horological juggernauts are comfortable winners at the watchmaking Oscars.
Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2019 winners
There is a sense of old-world watchmaking order being restored when the winners of the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève gathered on stage for the obligatory group shot. Unlike the 2018 edition when swashbuckling independents took centerstage by taking the top awards, their representation this year, though well-accounted, is significantly more muted.
Audemars Piguet is the big winner of the evening, bagging three big awards – the Men’s Complication Watch Prize (Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie); Iconic Watch Prize (Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-thin); and the most coveted one of all, the ‘Aiguille d’Or’ Grand Prix with the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, ‘Aiguille d’Or’ Grand Prix
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar, Innovation Prize
Other well-established marques that made the winners’ list include Hermès, which won the Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize with the Arceau L'heure de la lune; Chanel, winning the Ladies’ Watch Prize for the second consecutive year, this time with the J12 Calibre 12.1; and Bulgari (Chronograph Watch Prize for the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, and Jewellery Watch Prize for the Serpenti Misteriosi Romani).
Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune, Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize
As for independent brands, Voutilainen is becoming a familiar sight on the GPHG stage. This year, it snares not one, but two prizes: the Men’s Watch Prize for the 28ti, an award it last won in 2013; and the Artistic Crafts Watch Prize for the Starry Night Vine. Other noteworthy marques making their debuts include Ming, a Malaysia-born brand that won Horological Revelation Prize; and Kudoke that won the ‘Petite Aiguille’ Prize.
Ming 17.06 Copper, Horological Revelation Prize
CROWN extends our warmest congratulations to all the winners of GPHG 2019. Visit the GPHG website HERE for the full list of winners.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.