A few days ago on (Thursday November 10th) at the Théâtre du Léman the 16th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) was hosted. This prestigious event is the watch industries equivalent of the Academy Awards. Ultimately 27 experts from around the world choose the Crème de la crème of fine horology. Even though I don’t agree with all of the judges selections (and feel a lot of innovative brands have been excluded) there is no doubt there are some beautifully designed watches on display. Here are some of my personal favourites.
Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ
Fabergé are synonymous with the production of high class jewellery and beautiful timepieces. The Visionnaire DTZ is a wonderful piece created by renowned watch designer Jean-Marc Wiederrecht (from Agenhor) and received the ‘Travel Watch’ prize. With a titanium/18-karat pink gold case measuring 43mm x 14.2mm the timepiece is designed to make a subtle statement. What makes this watch so interesting is the striking multi layered dial. Beneath the elegant exterior lies a sophisticated mechanical self winding movement that oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
Audemars Piguet are widely renowned for the production of high quality exclusive timepieces that are designed for the discerning. The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is probably my personal favourite (in the competition) and a worthy recipient of the ‘Mechanical Exception’ watch prize. This particular model has a well proportioned 44mm case, which is constructed from titanium and ceramic. What makes the timepiece so special is the supreme three dimensional skeletonized dial, which perfectly exposes the mechanism. Powering the watch is a patented hand winding movement with tourbillon and minute repeater.
Czapek “33 bis Quai des Bergues”
Czapek & Cie are a Geneva based brand that specialize in the production of high quality timepieces. The design of the “33 bis Quai des Bergues” is inspired by the 3430 pocket watch dating from 1850 and was awarded the ‘Public’ prize. Dimensionally the watch displays classical proportions and has a luxurious 18-karat red gold case measuring 42.5mm x 4.75mm. What makes the timepiece so enticing is the ‘Grand Feu’ enamel dial with elegant ’Fleur de Lys’ Black Gold hour/minute hands. At the heart of the watch is a refined mechanical hand winding movement, which has a 168-hour power reserve.