The Foundation of the GPHG —Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève has revealed 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 2014's finest watch creations. This edition of the GPHG 2014 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. For your convenience, we have included all the 72 pre-selected watches on this post, as well as the links to the reviews we have published here for a vast majority of them.
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 using the tag #gphg2014.
Fans will be able to follow the live broadcast in French and in English on www.gphg.org and online voters will also have a chance to vote for the Public Prize by selecting their favorite model among the watches pre-selected by the jury and automatically participating in a drawing with the chance of winning a Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Petite Seconde priced at 10,450 Swiss Francs. If you are not familiar with the 1945, then head to Girard-Perregaux's site here.
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.
Late September will see the launch of the traveling 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. This year the traveling exhibition will include New Delhi, Beijing, Geneva and London.
For the second year running, the Maison des Arts located on Yishu 8 in Beijing, will be presenting the pre-selected watches from October 10th through the 12th; 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.
Now, head over to the GPHG's website and cast your votes. Remember that by doing so, not only you will be a deciding factor for this year's GPHG edition, but also that beautiful ultra classic Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 could end up on your wrist in a few months.
Don't miss our review of the exceptional Christophe Claret Margot here, one of the timepieces part of the pre-selection under the Ladies High-Mechanical category.
For more info on the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève click here.