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2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) – The Winners

Dubbed by some as the Academy Awards of the watch world, the annual event held its ceremonies November 8th, 2017 in Geneva. Here’s a rundown.

By Josh Shanks
Managing Editor US

Once a year, the watch world gathers to celebrate the hottest novelties of 2017. Continuing our third year as partner of GPHG, Watchonista was on-hand to celebrate an evening of glitz, glamour, and phenomenal timepieces.

The night began with a touching ceremony to honor the master enameler Suzanne Rohr and her apprentice Anita Porchet. Seeing the 80yr old, recently retired Rohr humbly accept the Special Jury Prize was my favorite moment of the night. Bvlgari, Chopard, and Parmigiani Fleurier were multiple award winners of the night.

Bvlgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin gave multiple rousing acceptance speeches, with him calling on the industry to “stop embracing past icons and create new ones.”

Aiguille d'Or Grand Prix Award

The prestigious Aiguille d'Or award recognizes the best overall watch in any category. The award is considered by many to be the ultimate achievement in watchmaking. This year, the Aiguille d’Or went to the Chopard L.UC. Full Strike. A fitting tribute to the brand’s first minute repeater.

The Winners

Below you’ll find a complete list of 2017’s GPHG winners and associated Watchonista editorials.

“Aiguille d’Or” Prize List: Chopard, L.U.C Full Strike

Innovation Prize: Zenith, Defy Lab

Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel, Première Camélia Skeleton

Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

Men’s Watch Prize: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Automatic

Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton

Calendar Watch Prize: Greubel Forsey, QP à Équation

“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Chrono

Sports Watch Prize: Ulysse Nardin, Marine Regatta

Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, Lotus Blanc Watch

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Aki-No-Kure

Special Jury Prize: Suzanne Rohr and Anita Porchet

Anita Porchet & Suzanne Rohr

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