That time of year has come again. Around this time last year I commented and wrote a piece on the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. which had won the conveted Aguille D’Or. The top prize in the ‘Academy Awards’ of the watch world.
This time much like last, you, the well versed and knowledgable watchnerds and fanatics have been invited to peruse and select your favourite watch of this year’s GPHG.
A word of caution, do not vote a given watch within a specific category, to make this clear for you, you only have ONE vote. Yep, just one. So do not waste it on any category or timepiece, deliberate, digest what is on offer then make your mind up.
Here are some words from GPHG 2014:
OFFICIAL PRE-SELECTION GPHG 2014
It’s been a studious summer for the jury of the 14th edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), which has now rendered its first verdict. The Foundation of the GPHG invites you to visit its www.gphg.org site to discover the list of the 72 pre-selected watches in the running to win the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix or one of the 16 prizes that will salute the year’s finest watch creations.
This edition of the GPHG has attracted record participation, with all the major watch groups represented, along with a number of independent companies. Small and large brands alike are confronting their creations in a competitive and unifying spirit, thereby contributing to promoting the renown of an art that consistently targets excellence and displays exceptional vitality.
New Delhi, Beijing, Geneva and London – Late September will see the launch of the travelling exhibition that annually presents the pre-selected watches and subsequently the GPHG laureates to an international audience of connoisseurs and enthusiasts, enabling them to admire an exceptional gathering of the year’s best watches, and thereby to enhance their horological culture.
In New Delhi on September 26th and 27th, the exhibition will be on show at the Swiss Embassy and then at the Imperial Hotel. For the second year running, the Maison des Arts – Yishu 8 in Beijing will be presenting the pre-selected watches from October 10th to 12th 2014; while Geneva will as usual host the exhibition’s third stop-over in the Cité du Temps from October 23rd to November 2nd. Finally, in the last stage of this roadshow, the winning watches in the various 2014 categories will be exhibited in London after the prize-giving ceremony, at the SalonQP.
Dedicated to celebrating the 12th Art, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève enables an international audience to track the evolution of the watchmaking art in a competition culminating in the prize-giving ceremony, to be held this year on October 31st at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, in the presence of Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann.
Presided over by Frédéric Beigbeder, who will for the third time be serving as award ceremony host, the evening will bring together in Geneva representatives of the international watchmaking profession and will also unite aficionados around the world via the internet and social networks (#gphg2014). Fans will be able to follow the live broadcast in French and in English on www.gphg.org, euronews.com, hodinkee.com, worldtempus.com, as well as the Léman Bleu TV channel.
Net surfers will also have a chance to vote for the Public Prize by selecting their favourite model among the watches pre-selected by the jury and thus automatically taking part in a prize draw with the possibility of winning a timepiece.
There is even a prize on offer so do it and hopefully you will win a beautiful watch from the manufacturers of last year’s Aguille D’Or winner. Good luck everyone and happy voting!