Bovet Wins The “Aiguille D’Or” Grand Prix
The prize-winners of the 18th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) were unveiled this evening on the stage of the Théâtre du Léman.
Excellence, creativity and horological expertise were saluted by an international jury which had designated the winners of 17 prizes and awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix to Bovet 1822 for the Récital 22 Grand Récital watch.
The prestigious distinctions rewarded the work of the following brands: Akrivia, Chanel, De Bethune, Greubel Forsey, Habring2, Hermès, Konstantin Chaykin, Krayon, Laurent Ferrier, Nomos Glashütte, Seiko, Singer Reimagined, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.
The Special Jury Prize, which honours an influential actor on the watchmaking scene, was awarded to Jean-Claude Biver.
Mr. Aurel Bacs, President of the jury handed Mr. Jean-Claude Biver the prize, quoting Jean-Claude Biver by saying « all you need is love! ».
« 44 years, and probably the greatest emotion tonight » said mister Biver, very moved after receiving a standing ovation from the assistance. Jean-Claude Biver said he was only the depositary for this prize, and that this tribute belonged to his « garde rapprochée », people he’s been working with during his career and that allowed him to « climb to the top of the mountain ».
Presented by actor Edouard Baer and enlivened with songs performed by Véronic DiCaire, this 18th prize-winning ceremony took place before an audience of 1,300 guests who had congregated in Geneva to celebrate the vitality of the watchmaking art.
2018 GPHG Prize-Winners
Aiguille d’Or “Grand Prix: Bovet 1822, Récital 22 Grand Récital (read more about the watch here)
Revival Prize: Vacheron Constantin, Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 (read more about the watch here)
Innovation Prize: Krayon, Everywhere Horizon (read more about the watch here)
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel, Boy-friend Skeleton (read more about the watch here)
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Planétarium
Men’s Watch Prize: Akrivia, Chronomètre Contemporain
Men’s Complication Prize: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
Chronograph Watch Prize: Singer Reimagined, Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition (read more about the watch here)
Chronometry Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Greubel Forsey, Grande Sonnerie
Sports Watch Prize: Seiko, Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver's Re-creation
Jewellery Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Secret de Coccinelle
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Hermès, Arceau Robe du soir (read more about the watch here)
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Habring2, Doppel-Felix
Challenge Watch Prize: Nomos Glashütte, Tangente neomatik 41 Update
Audacity Prize: Konstantin Chaykin, Clown
Special Jury Prize: Jean-Claude Biver, President non-executive of the LVMH Group Watch division, Chairman of Hublot & Zenith