On this remaining spherical desk dialogue, my Quill & Pad colleagues and I focus on the digital night of November 12, 2020 and what we considered the big night’s winners. Our panel consists of:
Elizabeth Doerr (ED), co-founder and editor-in-chief
Ian Skellern (IS), co-founder and technical director
Joshua Munchow (JM), resident nerd author
GaryG (GG), resident collector
Martin Inexperienced (MG), resident gentleman
ED: Earlier than we dive into this, I feel it’s vital to emphasize the basic adjustments to the way in which the GPHG voting occurred in 2020, which began with the creation of a various Academy of contributors who carried out the primary “screening” to reach on the six “nominated” watches in every class, the deserves of which we mentioned right here in our round tables at size.
Then the classes went on to be voted on by a nuclear jury of 30 members. In that remaining spherical of voting the Academy additionally voted once more, the sum whole of which was equal to 3 votes within the remaining spherical – which made for a complete of 33 particular person votes.
Because of the COVID-19 state of affairs with its dire journey and occasion restrictions this fall, your entire in-person jury was chosen from inside Switzerland, which made it attainable to have an occasion in any respect. Nevertheless, it additionally meant that its variety and outlook was additionally drastically lowered. Solely six of these 30 had beforehand been on the jury at any level, together with jury head Aurel Bacs and vice-head Gianfranco Ritschel.
The outcomes of the massive evening converse to a really Swiss-minded jury cognizant of the politics, internal particulars, and motors that maintain the watch trade working.
JM: Because the occasion started with no actual pomp and circumstance, no parade of attendees, and because the practically empty theater got here into view it was clear this was going to be a special expertise.
And but one factor was nonetheless the identical: the horrible translation voiceover. The translators have been nice, doing a really good job of maintaining and making an attempt to share the humor and keep the tempo. However critically, I don’t know who I have to accost about this: when you could have a translated livestream, the host must have his audio practically muted in any other case it’s like listening to 2 individuals vying in your consideration in several languages; no one wins.
ED: That is the primary yr I’ve ever watched it from house, Joshua, and, wow, now I do know what you’re speaking about! That was in a nutshell simply terrible. I flipped to the solely French transmission fairly shortly as I couldn’t perceive both the English or the French on the interpretation channel. Additionally, when the host or speaker was talking English, and the translator stopped talking, we have been rewarded with suggestions and double voices. Somebody clearly isn’t working the microphones accurately. I can’t imagine that that happens yr after yr!
JM: Other than that recurring downside, the organizers did have some good concepts for this socially distanced award present. First, it was an incredible thought to have a number of podiums to maintain individuals separated and scale back proximity as a consequence of individuals sharing microphones. The presenters have been in a position to maintain their distance and solely the winners would come as much as the rostrum on stage, minimizing threat, which as an American is refreshing to see.
One other good thought was to keep away from the “crowd pleaser” actions like performances, prolonged joke-filled monologues, and movies designed to interrupt up the present and entertain the group. With no crowd, the present was in a position to maintain a reasonably good tempo and by no means did it really feel an excessive amount of prefer it was lagging moreover maybe throughout the leadup to the Particular Jury prize and the Aiguille d’Or, however that was minimal in comparison with different years.
General, the present format was reasonably fulfilling contemplating the necessity for just about nobody to really attend. As somebody who has by no means attended (and by no means been requested . . . cough cough . . .) it wasn’t dramatically totally different as a livestream viewer, however I think about that in particular person it was an enormous shift.
ED: The largest factor I really loved about watching from house was consuming my bubbly throughout the present!
JM: I’d be glad to see a few of these alterations stick round transferring ahead because it helped streamline the present a bit, avoiding a number of the typical awkwardness that accompanies jokes to worldwide audiences.
ED: Sure, the jokes! And right here’s a humorous factor I seen: the clapping, laughing, and so forth. was piped in. Which isn’t uncommon proper now; Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, for instance, has finished the identical each Friday evening all through the pandemic. However throughout Aurel Bacs’ improbable tribute to Antoine Simonin, at the least two of the jokes managed to look to fall flat as a result of, I believe, Aurel’s homage was in English and whoever was working the snort button didn’t perceive or wasn’t following. That was a disgrace.
However on to the watches!
GG: Effectively, both I actually wanted to see extra of these watches in particular person or my tastes are fairly totally different from these of this yr’s GPHG jurors as a result of, except I counted incorrectly, I feel I solely picked two of the 14 class winners accurately this time round – though within the circumstances of the Petermann Bédat and Parmigiani two of my class picks have been elevated to wins within the “larger” prizes.
Heck, there have been three winners that weren’t even in my preliminary six picks within the first spherical!
ED: I’ve tallied up our right predictions on the finish of this submit, Gary. I hate to say it, however you and I fared the worst of all our colleagues!
IS: I didn’t see nor deal with many of the finalist watches within the 2020 GPHG, and I’m properly conscious simply how vital/important that’s. So I used to be totally anticipating the jury to pick a couple of winners that I didn’t choose. Up to now so regular. Nevertheless, as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, the jury was a lot smaller and far more homogenous than traditional (all Swiss-based), and I used to be shocked what a distinction that made.
It’s not the GPHG organizers’ fault that the make-up of the jury needed to be so restricted this yr, as Elizabeth defined on the outset, however I strongly really feel that if the occasion is to reclaim a number of the credibility misplaced within the 2020 laureate choice – and the occasion actually misplaced credibility in my eyes – then I feel that the GPHG committee ought to publish a couple of clear tips as to what the jury ought to take into consideration within the judging. It feels such as you can be higher served studying tea leaves to divine the perfect watches in every class.
Right here are some things I’d just like the organizing committee to make clear so that there’s extra transparency within the judging:
1. Ought to retail worth be taken into consideration or not? It’s far simpler to make an costly superlative watch than a less expensive one, however can we all the time need the most costly watches to win?2. Ought to earlier wins be taken into consideration? If principally the identical watch has already received a prize in a earlier yr, ought to that rely towards it? Or ought to yearly be handled as an remoted case? If the latter, I anticipate we are going to see different-colored Tudor Black Bays successful prizes for years to return.
three. Ought to the class title be taken into consideration or simply the principles? Or neither as soon as a watch has been nominated? I’m curious how the least difficult watch – Greubel Forsey’s Hand Made 1 – received the Men’s Complication prize. It’s a improbable watch (I believed it better of present), however difficult?
four. Are tourbillons problems or not? Technically a complication drives a sign, and a tourbillon is a kind of escapement reasonably than a complication. I’m no stickler for that interpretation, however I feel that it’s loopy that so many comparatively easy watches with tourbillons have been bumped out of the Males’s and Women’ classes into the Complication classes. I counsel both permitting tourbillons within the Males’s and Women’ classes or making a separate class.
5. Ought to quartz and/or smartwatches be separate classes?
6. The GPHG ought to share highlights from the jury’s selections in choosing a winner. They’re judging watches not a homicide trial and there’s no motive the general public shouldn’t be told how/why the jury involves their selections. They might even take a leaf from the U.S. Supreme Courtroom and have two jury members respectively write a brief majority opinion and, if not unanimous, a dissenting opinion highlighting the strengths of the runner up. It seems to me that the jury ignored the class title and class guidelines as a to information judging and easily picked their favorites of the six nominated watches in response to any standards they felt like. If that’s the case, I’ve no downside with that. However the GPHG ought to make that clear.
My greatest disappointments have been the dearth of recognition for the Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance, Bernhard Lederer Central Impulse Chronometer (though I feel Lederer ought to have entered the a lot better-looking full-dial model), and De Bethune DB28XP Starry Sky (though I feel that De Bethune ought to have entered the extra sedate De Bethune DB28XP as a substitute), and the Ming 18.01 H41 diver’s watch.
ED: Sure, as soon as once more Armin Strom went house empty handed. Simply unbelievable to me that a model introduces a reliably working, mainstream resonance watch and never as soon as takes house a prize for it in any variation regardless of coming into very new editions of it since 2015. Good on Armin Strom for persevering with to peck away at it by persevering with to enter the GPHG – that’s a great way to construct model recognition. As Karl-Friedrich Scheufele mentioned in accepting the 2017 Aiguille d’Or for the L.U.C Full Strike Minute Repeater, typically it simply takes a bit longer till the breakthrough.
IS: My three greatest “what on earth was the jury pondering?” moments went to Breitling (Diver’s and Petite Aiguille) and Charles Girardier (Women’ Complication).
JM: There have been 18 whole watches that received prizes, however eight of these watches (45 p.c) have been represented by simply 4 manufacturers. I can perceive one model getting fortunate and hitting two classes on the identical yr; it’s not unprecedented. However 4 manufacturers getting double prizes exhibits an absence of selection and perspective in my view. I do know there’s a variety of subjectivity right here, however there have been many, MANY improbable watches that bought no prizes, many manufacturers that went house empty handed. However Breitling double dipped? Perhaps it exhibits my bias for selection, creativity, and contemporary concepts, however this was a tish pathetic.
In 2019 Audemars Piguet triple dipped, coincidentally the identical yr it bought completely dragged for the controversial launch and subsequent PR debacle with the Code 11.59. Persevering with that pattern actually makes me really feel like we have to make it official: #GPHGSoWhite #GPHGSoPolitical.
And with that I in all probability seal my destiny of by no means being requested to hitch the Academy or to evaluate – and even attend the present. I’m not saying I, or we at Quill & Pad, are the arbiters of high quality or worth, however on condition that we often predict 60-90 p.c of the winners between us, and this yr we missed on so many, does make me query issues. However I don’t wish to sound like a sore loser asking for a recount of the votes, so I’ll simply say I used to be shocked this yr.
MG: I felt that this yr’s version had its ups and downs. I discovered it exhausting in some circumstances to comply with the reasoning of the jury, and I feel that additional fine-tuning of the idea is in want for the GPHG to succeed in its full potential.
ED: And on to the person classes.
Women: Bovet Miss Audrey
JM: It is a nice watch from an incredible model. I didn’t guess it might take the crown, however I additionally knew it might be within the working given its simplicity and wonder. I all the time love when Bovet will get acknowledged and even when I favored others maybe extra that is undoubtedly a improbable piece.
MG: There have been no unworthy watches on this class, but I’m glad to see that the Bovet received. It’s a beautiful watch, basic but imaginative each design and execution. By way of sophistication, the perfect of the bunch says so much because the competitors was intense.
IS: I picked the Bovet 1822 Miss Audrey as my shut runner up within the Ladies’ category and assume it an unsurprising and well-deserved winner right here.
ED: This vibrant inexperienced Miss Audrey was additionally my pre-event runner up, Ian, and I discover it a sheer delight. If the others voted for this, then I’m glad to acknowledge the justified tiara on its head.
Women Complication: Charles Girardier Tourbillon Signature Mystérieuse Fleur de Sel
GG: In a shocking victory for lovers of “thingies” all over the place, the triumph of the Charles Girardier Tourbillon Signature Mystérieuse. I’d have guess extra readily on Donald Trump successful California than on the Girardier on the GPHG, nevertheless it simply goes to point out you the way fallacious one may be!
MG: I’m a bit shocked that the Girardier managed to return out on high over the world’s smallest tourbillon (Bulgari), one of many world’s slimmest tourbillons (Piaget), and some of the over-the-top tourbillons (Jacob & Co). I do know that it’s a matter of the way in which the weighted voting falls, however in circumstances like this I’m additionally very curious concerning the motivations of the votes.
IS: The Charles Girardier Tourbillon Signature Mystérieuse Fleur de Sel is doubtless a really fairly watch. However how a tourbillon and rotating disk earned it greatest Women Complication is past me. Particularly in contrast with what I really feel have been arms down extra worthwhile winners. I’d like to know what swung the jury on this class.
ED: So would I. I used to be occupied with this lengthy into the evening afterward . . .was it the diamonds on the tourbillon cage? Was it the attractive paillonée enamel dial? As fairly as these parts are, this watch remains to be a relative unknown.
In the meantime, nonetheless, we right here at Quill & Pad know a bit of extra about it as certainly one of our previous trade buddies despatched us an e-mail after we revealed the Ladies Complication round table. The watch appears to be recognized in Switzerland – there’s that benefit of the Swiss jury once more! – with a tv station even having broadcast one thing concerning the watch again in August.
Sadly, since none of us dwell in Switzerland anymore, we’ve got not been aware about the communication. So I’m fairly positive if we had had the prospect to deal with this watch in particular person, we might have come away with a special opinion than we do now – or did in October after we wrote the spherical desk.
JM: It’s a pleasant watch; it has greater than only a tourbillon, even when it’s not a complication and as a substitute only a doodad of types. However by this time within the awards present, I had not picked a single winner. Yearly I often choose 50-65 p.c of the winners; at this level it grew to become clear that one thing was undoubtedly not going my manner.
Males’s: Kari Voutilainen 28SC
ED: Kari received this class final yr too – when will his streak ever finish!?!? (laughs)
JM: Stunning but very properly deserved! I didn’t select it however just because I all the time wonder if the jury will low cost manufacturers that win usually however it’s a dang good males’s watch and exhausting to argue with! However because it received this class final yr (I actually would have wagered the jury particularly making an attempt to keep away from a again to again win) it now turns into Kari Voutilainen’s obligation to attempt to threepeat by making the perfect Males’s watch of 2021. Can he do it? It could be unprecedented and would imply he has dominated each the Males’s and Creative Crafts classes.
GG: We’ll by no means know the way the unique voting within the classes from which the night’s huge prize winners emerged initially went, however my guess is that the Voutilainen might have benefitted from the departure of the Petermann Bédat, which acquired the Horological Revelation prize. I’ve been a patron of Kari’s for over a dozen years and know the standard of his work even when that is “simply one other” Vingt-Eight.
MG: Whereas the Voutilainen is most actually a formidable watch, I’m shocked that it received amongst this set of six. For a Voutilainen, I feel that the watch is a bit too understated. But when there’s one factor that we’ve got seen right here, it’s that the jury has voted fairly conservatively as an entire. I’m additionally glad that the Petermann Bédat received the Horological Revelation prize. I can’t wait to see extra of this model.
IS: Whereas the Voutilainen 28SC wasn’t my high choose right here, it’s an incredible alternative and I wasn’t shocked. Kari Voutilainen has received so many GPHG prizes now that he ought to have his personal class.
See how properly we predicted (or didn’t) in Our Predictions In The Men’s Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): All 6 Are Potential Winners But Our Panelists Ruthlessly Whittle Them Down
Males’s Complication: Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1
MG: I’m not going to repeat my argument that this class has been given the fallacious title and simply applaud the winner. The Hand Made 1 is a watch that offers me goosebumps, a superlative watch, one which pushes the envelope even at Greubel Forsey, and that’s saying so much!
IS: I believed that the Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1 was so good that it was the highest contender for Aiguille d’Or. However displaying simply hours, minutes, and seconds, how one of many least difficult watches out of the six finalists took the prize for greatest Males’s Complication is past me. Other than its tourbillon escapement, it certified within the Males’s class. Hand Made 1 actually deserved a prize, however greatest complication? That’s one other head-scratcher for me too, Martin.
GG: A very well-deserved win for my part went to this piece, which I moreover picked for the Aiguille d’Or.
JM: Totally improbable watch. Not a complication however, hey, 2020 doesn’t imply something so why ought to classes have any which means too? This watch might have deserved the Aiguille d’Or, however I used to be already a bit upset with the alternatives on this class from the beginning so I shouldn’t actually beat the useless horse that’s the time period “complication.” Nonetheless, tremendous glad for Greubel Forsey as this watch is magnificent.
ED: Other than the superlative watch itself, I really like that Stephen Forsey introduced David Bernard on stage with him to simply accept the prize as the top of the division in command of the Hand Made 1. You don’t see a CEO or firm proprietor sharing the highlight fairly often, and that speaks volumes to the standard of Forsey’s character.
See how everybody did with their predictions (and hearken to us gripe about using the phrase “complication” right here) in Our Predictions In The Men’s Complication Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Is A Tourbillon A Complication? Part Deux
Iconic: Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph
JM: That is an odd class basically to evaluate however this win does make sense. The aesthetic of this watch is fairly iconic from the model: even when the precise watch isn’t as lengthy working a mannequin as a number of the others, the model has been round for some time. I knew this class may go a variety of methods and whereas it appears I’m drastically fallacious on lots of the winners, this does comply with for the class.
GG: Within the “what have been they pondering” classification, I’ll be aware something aside from the IWC Portugieser within the Iconic class . . .
MG: The win for the Bulgari Aluminium strikes me as fairly handy for the model because it simply relaunched this watch. I’m guessing nearly all of the jury was in its early thirties within the 1990s, maybe rocking the unique mannequin and felt nostalgic. For what it’s, it’s a nice watch. However if you speak about icons, I feel that the opposite 5 watches within the class carry a bit extra pedigree to the desk.
IS: Good watch, however essentially the most lasting affect on watchmaking and its historical past? This simply reinforces my view that the Iconic class must be dropped. It’s only a method to give prizes to huge manufacturers.
Additional studying: New Bulgari Aluminium Watches For 2020: The Past As A Roadmap To The Future
Calendar and Astronomy: Vacheron Constantin Abroad QP Extremely Skinny Skeleton
MG: I suppose the jury went for gold! Whereas I nonetheless like my Abroad Perpetual with a full dial, I can perceive this alternative: this configuration was too good to go up for a lot of jurors. On the wrist, the watch feels excellent and strong but additionally pleasantly comfy due to its slim profile. One factor I do marvel is that if the jury additionally took into consideration that this watch comes with extra straps within the quick-change system? If that’s the case, it might need been the key weapon.
JM: In a class specializing in calendars and astronomy, an ultra-thin perpetual calendar skeleton from one of many huge three goes to be exhausting to beat except you’ve introduced your A recreation. The competitors was first rate for this prize, and I may undoubtedly have seen it go one other manner, however I’m glad I predicted what the jury would find yourself going with.
GG: The mixture of the Vacheron Abroad case, Caliber 1120 base motion, and skeletonization checks a variety of packing containers for me. It could, nonetheless, have benefitted right here with the departure of the Parmigiani Hijri piece to obtain the Innovation prize.
ED: That could be a good query, Gary. Though most in our panel selected the Sarpaneva during the round table discussion, normally this Vacheron Constantin was our collective runner up. I’d have favored to have seen the Sarpaneva honored for its excessive creativity if I’m trustworthy, however I’ll admit to having been torn about feeling that manner as this Abroad Perpetual Calendar is solely one beautiful piece of horology. Having seen it within the metallic solely bolstered that feeling for me. A well-deserved winner.
IS: In my GPHG prediction for this class I wrote of the Vacheron Constantin Abroad Perpetual Calendar Extremely-Skinny Skeleton, “That is the each essentially the most inventive and essentially the most technical trying of the three basic perpetual calendars right here, however I’m on the lookout for extra innovation from the winner.” I didn’t choose it nevertheless it’s a shocking watch and I can see its attraction to the jury.
See how everybody did with their predictions in Our Predictions In The Calendar And Astronomy Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): We See A Good Moon A-Rising
Additional studying: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar Skeleton (Video)
Chronograph: H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chrono
JM: One other winner I picked! It’s additionally one which I’d struggle for, tremendous glad to see such a cool watch win and one which has the unbelievable AgenGraphe inside. I undoubtedly assume it deserves the title this yr. Glad to see the jury isn’t totally unreasonable as this piece stands strongly towards the opposite chronographs this yr.
MG: I feel that the perfect chronograph received. This H. Moser does so many issues so properly and is unique in its method. To me, a more sensible choice may hardly have been made,
IS: The Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic was my hands-down choose to win this class. One other good name from the jury.
ED: Whereas this watch maybe wasn’t my choose as winner right here, I commend the jury for selecting this glorious chronograph. No complaints from me.
I have to additionally point out one thing H. Moser & Cie CEO Édouard Meylan mentioned whereas accepting this award. He known as out his case provider, Guillod Gunther, who produced the Streamliner’s funky stainless-steel housing. “It’s an incredible staff they usually did an incredible job,” Meylan mentioned. “Sadly, they need to shut down because of the COVID-19 state of affairs. Whereas many would have simply shut down, leaving us standing, they labored with us to prepare the transition to a brand new provider in order that we ultimately we weren’t affected.”
Meylan informed me afterward that he needed to thank them and acknowledge that with out suppliers (like that) there wouldn’t be manufacturers like Moser. He additionally thanked Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and Agenhor for the very good caliber. I discover that commendable on all components.
GG: No complaints concerning the Moser win right here, though the AgenGraphe-based Streamliner isn’t to my private style aesthetically (and I most well-liked the Atelier de Chronométrie and Parmigiani items total on this class in any case).
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Chronometry: Ferdinand Berthoud 2RE.2
ED: Ferdinand Berthoud was the winner on this class final yr as properly – I’m wondering if that is additionally the start of a streak for the boutique model residing inside the Chopard group?
IS: The Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE.2 was a hands-down winner for me on this class and I believed it had a superb likelihood on the Aiguille d’Or.
GG: A well-deserved win!
JM: Clear winner, tremendous excited that it received! However I additionally selected it for the Aiguille d’Or so a bit unhappy it received’t win for that one, however I can’t argue in any manner that one other watch was extra deserving to win the Chronometry prize. It is a true grail watch and it deserves each ounce of accolades it receives. Given simply the chronometric outcomes it ought to win, however the model and craft are additionally second to none within the class.
MG: A really well-deserved win for Ferdinand Berthoud. The competitors was powerful on this class, however given the technical setup of this watch, spherical case, and very excessive ending grade, I feel you may hardly do higher. With out the Berthoud within the combine, I imagine that the jury would have had a way more tough process as calling a runner up might need been practically not possible.
How did our predictions go on this class? See them right here: Our Predictions In The Chronometry Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Our Panel Is United, But Not Unanimous
Mechanical Exception: Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 2
JM: I’m torn on this class because the Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 2 is an unbelievable watch. I liked it when it got here out, nevertheless it additionally isn’t, at the least in my thoughts, as totally different and distinctive in comparison with its predecessors as the opposite watches on this class. Out of the six watches, 5 have been, by most definitions, form of groundbreaking for what they have been.
Brainstorm Chapter 2 was superb but was undoubtedly only a rearrangement of issues Bovet had finished in different items, taking a little bit of the sting off. All the opposite entries may declare world information or world firsts, so I do really feel that this was a missed class in my thoughts. Fortunately one of many items went on to win the Aiguille d’Or so at the least one was acknowledged.
GG: Did the Bovet profit from the Piaget being lifted to the Aiguille d’Or? We’ll by no means know. However having dealt with the Bovet, I can say that it’s a powerful piece of equipment.
IS: Whereas I didn’t choose the Bovet Brainstorm Chapter 2, I did write that, “It is without doubt one of the best-looking watches right here and I’d not be in any respect shocked if it was a favourite for a lot of.” One other well-deserved winner.
MG: One other well-deserved win for Bovet regardless of very, very heavy competitors. This nearly felt like one class wherein the jury couldn’t choose fallacious. The Jacob & Co and Ressence might need been extra progressive selections, however I feel that ultimately the jury might have simply tallied up the variety of problems. And that’s the place you may not beat the Bovet, which additionally has a sapphire crystal case and astonishingly properly completed components.
See how everybody did with their predictions in Our Predictions In The Mechanical Exception Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Exceptional Circumstances Split Down The Middle
Additional studying: Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two: It’s Mind Blowing! (Live Photos)
Diver’s Watch: Breitling Superocean Automated
IS: WTF! Whereas I picked the Ming 18.01 H41 to win right here, I can totally perceive that might have been a left area alternative as it’s an atypical dive watch. But when the jury was on the lookout for a extra conventional dive watch, what on earth does the Breitling Superocean Automated 48 Boutique Version have over the Grand Seiko, which is smaller/extra wearable, has 4 days’ longer energy reserve, and double the water resistance?
JM: I imply, okay, it’s a fairly nice watch, I simply can’t say I believed it was the perfect. However based mostly on how the awards had been going up till this level it actually wasn’t a shock, even when I disagree. I had this watch in the midst of my pack so it wasn’t wholly unsurprising. However particularly since Breitling received the Petite Aiguille I’d have figured the jury would attempt to unfold the love however I suppose there isn’t a motive different manufacturers must win.
GG: The 2 classes I do know least about (Jewelry and Diver’s) went very a lot towards my assessments, however I don’t assume the all-Swiss jury comprised principally of trade insiders was ever going to go for the Ming or the Grand Seiko.
ED: Sadly, Gary, I have to concur. And as if to show the purpose: not one non-Swiss watch was chosen among the many 19 winners (although, honestly, virtually all of the watches among the many nominated have some Swiss in them someplace, simply maybe not in conception or title).
MG: Some would possibly disagree with me, however the win for Breitling is sensible to me. In case you are on the lookout for a rugged, useful, simple diver’s watch to really go diving with, this Breitling is your watch. I personally choose the Grand Seiko, however though the worth isn’t speculated to be a consideration throughout voting, it might need very properly influenced a juror or two.
ED: Thanks for bringing that up, Martin. That will clear up some questions for desk or non-divers.
See how everybody did predicting this class in Our Predictions In The Divers Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): We Have An Unexpected Favorite
Jewelry: Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Secrète
IS: I didn’t choose the Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Secrète however thought it the prettiest of the nominated watches. Good name, well-deserving winner.
JM: It is a pretty watch however feels prefer it fell manner brief for the class. The shortage of stone selection, reduce selection, difficult settings, and total aesthetic simply felt like this watch may have match within the Ladies’ category higher. Clearly, the jury disagreed so I suppose we must comply with disagree. It matches the theme of this yr.
GG: It could be that the comparatively talking plain-looking Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Secrète was far more spectacular in particular person than in photographs.
ED: It should have been, Gary!
I had additionally known as out the truth that this watch had the least variety of gem stones in our original round table. I’d have been very curious to see this one within the metallic if it made such an impression!
And talking of impressions: I used to be barely disenchanted with the Dior on this class in my spherical desk feedback, however when the award got here up and the official video of the watch was proven on display it really ended up taking my breath away. Within the metallic, from what I may see, this can be a murals. However the renderings the corporate submitted are so lifeless. And nowhere within the submitted description textual content did it say that the wings of the bee dominating the dial transfer! How enchanting that’s . . . I can solely hope Dior submits higher data and visible aids from right here on out. That may properly have made an enormous distinction in how the commentary – and probably – the voting went.
MG: I suppose the jury didn’t like gem stones and went for the watch that had the least of them! This class ought to have fun jewellery strategies as an artwork, and regardless of it being a really good watch the Van Cleef & Arpels a bit gentle in that class. I nonetheless assume that the Jacob & Co ought to have received as it’s out of this world. By the way in which, I can think about that Jacob will not be very glad as his model had 4 nominations however not a single win. I discover this additionally fairly shocking as in my view its watches have been sturdy opponents in every of the classes they participated in.
Creative Crafts: Van Cleef & Arpels Soleil Féerique
JM: Lastly! I used to be anxious I wasn’t going to choose a single winner this yr, so I used to be glad to see my alternative get acknowledged. This watch was a really fascinating and vivid one within the Creative Crafts class, it stood out to me for its selection and it appears the jury agreed. Perhaps they’ll’t be all unhealthy.
ED: One in every of my two right picks as properly, Joshua! Whoo hoo!
IS: The Van Cleef & Arpels Soleil Féerique was my runner up choose for greatest Creative Crafts, so once more a superb name from the jury in my view.
MG: A class with a variety of worthy items in it, and the Van Cleef & Arpels is most actually certainly one of them. I feel that the mixed-methods method was maybe the clincher.
Petite Aiguille: Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Restricted Version II
ED: I’d prefer to say WTF for this class, however I do discover this option to not be to date out of the ballpark, particularly for an all-Swiss jury whose eyes might (sadly) gloss over Austrian or Finnish watches a bit too shortly. That is personally my favourite Breitling to return out this yr, so I perceive if persons are taken with it. I believed the Habring2 Chrono-Felix Panda was the most important bang for the buck on this class, although, which was created to be particularly about worth.
GG: The Sarpeneva x Moomin that I picked might have been too offbeat for the jury. And in any case the successful Breitling Superocean Heritage’57 Limited Edition II is each a pleasant watch and made by an enormous Swiss producer reasonably than a Finnish artisan, so its victory shouldn’t come as any shock.
JM: In addition to the truth that it didn’t make even make my high three, I had ethical qualms about this watch as properly, which I expressed within the Petite Aiguille round table. It’s an incredible watch however like with the Challenge category, I undoubtedly felt there have been many higher choices that ought to have in all probability dismissed the Superocean Heritage.
IS: Whereas I’m not eager on luxurious watches being marketed as worthy causes both, Joshua, the colourful Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Restricted Version II shouts FUN! Any watch that places a smile on my face is a winner for me. Whereas it wasn’t my choose, I anticipated it to be a powerful contender and may perceive its attraction to the jury.
MG: I don’t perceive this alternative. Maybe free packs of Skittles got to the jury earlier than making their selections in order that they might “style the rainbow”? The Breitling is most actually enjoyable, however the Sarpaneva is extra enjoyable. I simply don’t get that. The Trilobe is extra eccentric, too, and if a juror was trying purely for horological qualities I don’t perceive how she or he may go up the Habring2 Chrono-Felix Panda.
See how we did guessing which manner the jury would go in Our Predictions In The Petite Aiguille Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Comic Figures, Legibility Issues, Skeletonization, And An In-House Monopusher
Problem: Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
IS: The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight was my runner up choose for greatest Problem watch, and I feel it the perfect nominated watch within the class so I’m totally behind the jury’s alternative right here. I marked it down as a result of I felt that because the Black Bay Bronze (and Black Bay Chrono) had already received the Petite Aiguille prize in 2016, and the Black Bay P01 received the Problem prize in 2019, that sufficient was sufficient. Nevertheless, that was a bit unfair because the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is a special watch with a extra wearable case diameter of 39 mm in comparison with 42 mm of the opposite Tudor laureates, so once more I feel the jury made a superb name right here.
MG: Perhaps they need to now rename this class the “Black Bay prize”! Simply final yr the Black Bay P01 received. Once more, a really conservative alternative by the jury that I’ve bother understanding. Whereas an incredible timepiece, it’s a bread-and-butter-watch. Among the many competitors, there have been fairly a couple of extra unique treats that I feel ought to have received.
GG: Someplace within the GPHG bylaws it should state, “Tudor should win a prize yearly”!
IS: Gary, I’d change that to, “Kari Voutilainen and Tudor should win a prize yearly.”
JM: Pfft. Please. Do one thing new. However I suppose should you proceed to win prizes for a similar factor, yr after yr, why change. No want for creativity, simply make one good watch after which coast for a decade. I suppose since Rolex doesn’t enter, the trade nonetheless must discover a method to coddle the king. It’s a fairly good watch, nevertheless it’s finished, it’s stale, let’s transfer on. I simply can’t think about voting for the Black Bay once more when you could have new and thrilling choices. It is a class the place I actually wish to inform your entire jury that they should take off their blinders and get with the instances. The Black Bay shouldn’t win each dang yr, it’s not THAT superior.
See how everybody did with their predictions in Our Predictions In The Challenge Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Very Interesting Finalists With (Relatively) Affordable Pricing
Horological Revelation: Petermann Bédat Useless Beat Second
IS: I’ve no beef with the jury right here. Whereas I predicted the Petermann Bédat Dead Beat Second to win (I known as it a tie) the Males’s class, I additionally thought that if it was handed over there then it might be hard to beat for the Horological Revelation prize.
JM: I used to be uncertain that this watch would or may win within the Males’s class, however I full properly knew it was one other improbable piece from a brand-new model spearheaded by two proficient, younger watchmakers. It’s nice to see it honored, and with an open class just like the Horological Revelation, this might have gone to many different items as properly (an incredible group of watches by younger manufacturers this yr throughout). This must be an incredible enhance for the fledgling model because it grows.
GG: I used to be fairly glad concerning the Petermann Bédat Revelation Prize win, particularly as Florian Bédat was sort sufficient to provide me a shoutout from the stage throughout his victory speech for my (extremely) small function in reacting to their unique design and my supportive feedback on their watch over the previous months. Thanks, guys, and I’m trying ahead to the place you go from right here!
ED: Good alternative! I look ahead to attending to know this younger model higher.
MG: Thoroughly-deserved win by Petermann Bédat. I believed that this piece entered within the fallacious class (a thought that I had with varied watches this yr, although) however I’m delighted to see that some honor was bestowed upon it as they most actually deserved some. It’s a very promising model, and I’m curious to study what can be subsequent from them.
Additional studying: Petermann Bédat Seconde Morte: Dead Seconds, Independently (Video)
Innovation Prize: Parmigiani Hijri Perpetual Calendar
GG: A very well-deserved win for my part with its Agenhor-developed motion.
JM: The Hijri Perpetual Calendar is a feat of horology, so to take the innovation prize does make a variety of sense. There have been at the least half a dozen different items that would have simply taken the prize as properly based mostly on their very own unbelievable improvements, so this demonstrates how superior the variable Hijri calendar is as an engineering downside.
IS: Whereas I didn’t assume that the Parmigiani Fleurier Hijri Perpetual Calendar was a powerful contender for the Innovation prize, GaryG did so there should have been one thing there that he noticed and I both missed or dismissed.
MG: The best way that the selections are made concerning the discretionary prizes are nonetheless a bit foggy to me. However, the Parmigiani is well-deserving of the Innovation prize because it undoubtedly brings one thing new and thrilling to the desk. To me this watch is a bit just like the tide-indicators from Corum, I’ve completely no want for them, however discover them so cool!
ED: It’s an arbitrary prize mentioned and determined upon within the jury room, Martin. It could or will not be given out. And the method is strictly the identical as for the Aiguille d’Or. No actual thriller. Good name this yr, by the way in which, I like this alternative, although I do assume that the Ressence Type 2A would have additionally match properly right here.
I have to additionally point out the speech given by Parmigiani CEO Davide Traxler, who to begin with thanked freelance designer and advisor Stefano Macaluso – son of the deceased Gino Macaluso, earlier proprietor of Girard-Perregaux – “who was behind the bridges.”
I used to be additionally pleasantly shocked by one other a part of Traxler’s speech, which (translated for me by Parmigiani) reads like this:
“At Parmigiani Fleurier we stand sturdy in our perception in solidarity, within the energy of neighborhood, in being impressed by the work of greats who’ve come earlier than us, in inspiring future generations, and sharing the presents of watchmaking with trade colleagues and people across the globe who admire the artistry of our work. The worldwide neighborhood of watch admirers and devotees is a motley of cultures and traditions; we have fun this variety in our personal manner with the Hijri Perpetual Calendar, and we hope that – as an trade and as residents of the world – we can even embrace it within the individuals we select to characterize and lead us.”
He didn’t say something political, however he actually did present us with a transparent and hopeful perspective that I a lot appreciated.
Audacity Prize: H. Moser & Cie x MB&F Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon
IS: The H. Moser & Cie x MB&F Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon was entered into the Chronometry category, the place I believed that it was the best-looking watch however not the perfect chronometry watch. I adore it, however in what parallel universe can a jury assume it extra audacious than the MB&F HM10 Bulldog or Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon?
MG: Whereas I very very like what Moser and MB&F did, to say that it’s the greatest watch that includes a non-conformist, offbeat method to watchmaking is perhaps a bridge too far. Or to be extra particular, I imagine different watches do it higher. Mainly, this watch is a DNA-mix of Moser and MB&F, which is what MB&F does on a regular basis. In my view, the E-Crown from the Ressence Type 2A matches this profile barely higher.
ED: I needed to say the identical factor, Martin! That mentioned, I’m happy for the popularity for these two impartial manufacturers who courageously collaborated and launched this watch on the peak of the primary COVID-19 wave.
GG: I’d have most well-liked to see the Sarpaneva x Moomin for Audacity – however the latter is an amorphous sufficient class that the successful H. Moser x MB&F appears fairly a good alternative (and can also be a good looking watch).
JM: Audacity may imply so many issues to totally different individuals, so that is all the time a tough class to know what to anticipate. Since additionally it is an open class, the jury may outline simply what they’re on the lookout for however we are going to by no means know, so I’m continuously shocked to see what they valued in judging this class. The Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser x MB&F is an superior and delightful watch and I’ve no motive to doubt it deserves recognition.
In an odd manner, although, I simply think about MB&F cheering for H. Moser (since they have been technically half winners with Moser) and slowly realizing that they made the same watch, one with a world document in it, and but went unrecognized. That is like that awkward second in a gathering if you share an thought and no one says something, and the particular person you got here up with the thought with mentions it once more later, solely barely totally different, and everyone abruptly says “Wow, nice thought, Brad!” And you might be left sitting there figuring out that your thought bought picked, however Brad bought the popularity, and that feeling simply hits totally different.
Particular Jury Prize: Antoine Simonin
ED: This prize was certainly a very long time coming already. In actual fact, final yr when Gary and I have been on the jury nonetheless the topic of nominating him got here up but once more, however to most of us it actually appeared like Luc Pettavino’s yr for Solely Watch – and naturally it might have additionally been very awkward to appoint somebody from inside the jury’s personal ranks. So I’m probably not 100 p.c shocked about this extremely well-deserved award coming to go in 2020 now that Antoine is now not a part of the jury. In actual fact, I’m tickled pink that members of the jury who might have been coming back from previous years remembered these discussions and thought to behave on them this yr.
GG: The Particular Jury Prize to Antoine Simonin was one other in a string of nice selections for this award over the previous a number of years. Having served on the jury with him in 2018 and 2019 gave me only a glimpse of the depth of his data and knowledge, and as all the time jury chief Aurel Bacs did a splendid job of constructing the presentation each grand and private.
ED: I’m so in love with the way in which Aurel presents the Particular Jury Prize, Gary! A lot model, panache, and fervour! Even when one or two of the jokes managed to appear to fall flat as a result of Aurel very rightly gave him the homage in English and I believe whoever was working the snort button didn’t perceive. I adored the very private story of how they met. This was my favourite prize on condition that evening. I like to see true pioneers in our area honored on this manner.
JM: The Particular Jury Prize is a kind of the place they’re proper to honor trade members who’ve left an enduring impression throughout the trade as an entire, and judging by the tales shared about Antoine Simonin, he undoubtedly deserves recognition for a lifetime of labor devoted to horology.
IS: Nice recognition for Antoine Simonin, who has contributed an unbelievable quantity over his lifetime within the service of tremendous watchmaking.
Aiguille d’Or: Piaget Altiplano Final Idea
JM: I used to be shocked that this watch that received the Aiguille d’Or, not as a result of it isn’t deserving (I identified that I believed it was the most effective of the yr in my predictions), however as a result of it form of breaks the mildew of the extra conventional or conservative Aiguille d’Or winners. It’s a behemoth whereas being solely 2 mm thick. Attaining a world document for thinness is tough, and I’m pretty assured that this one might stand for some time just because it’s a very tough factor to do whereas being a distinct segment market phase. Most individuals don’t need wafer skinny mechanical watches as a result of they wish to really feel the connection to the machine, and a machine ought to have heft or on the very least, substantive presence.
However the quantity of engineering that went into this piece wanted recognition and I’m so glad it discovered some with the Aiguille d’Or. Two years in the past most didn’t imagine the watch would ever see the sunshine of day after the unique idea watch, however taking it to manufacturing was, in my thoughts, what doubtless sealed the deal for this watch turning into the watch of the yr for the GPHG.
IS: I’ve tip my hat to Martin Inexperienced for calling this accurately as whereas I believed the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept had a shot on the Innovation prize, I couldn’t see it beating both the Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1 or the Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE. This will properly have been a watch that appeared far more spectacular within the metallic, and whereas not my choose for the Aiguille d’Or it’s an unbelievable watch and worthy winner.
MG: Final yr, in 2019, when the ultra-thin Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT took house the prize within the Chronograph class whereas the Aiguille d’Or went to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Perpetual Calendar Extremely-Skinny, I discussed that the ball was now in Piaget’s court docket to return with a correct response, and did the model ever just do that! A really well-deserved win with the Altiplano Final Idea!
ED: I’ve to say that it was very nice to see some feminine power on the stage to simply accept the Aiguille d’Or! If I’m not mistaken, this was a primary; CEO Chabi Nouri thought to talk very unifying phrases out to the entire trade and in such an emotional manner. It was a breath of contemporary of air, ending with, “Let’s all maintain dreaming, creating, and provoking for our trade.” Bravo!
See our predictions for this class in Our Predictions For The Aiguille d’Or (Grand Prize) Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): And We Think It’s Down To Two Watches (Or Possibly Three)
Fast Info Piaget Altiplano Final Idea
Case: 41 x 2 mm, cobalt alloy, sapphire crystal zero.2 mm in peak, flat telescopic crown
Motion: ultra-thin manual-wind Caliber 900P-UC, 28,800 vph/four Hz frequency, 40-hour energy reserve
Capabilities: hours, minutes
Limitation: three per yr, by particular order solely, solely obtainable via Piaget boutiques
Worth: 410,000 Swiss francs
Video highlights of the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
GG: A lot for 2020! I’m trying ahead to the 2021 model of the GPHG in hopes that we are going to have a return to the normal movement of recent watches, that extra makers will select to enter their items, that we are going to see a return to a stage of public well being that permits for the jury to as soon as once more tackle a various world composition – and that each one of us may have the chance to see and contact these wonders and focus on them with buddies in particular person!Highlights of the
So, how did we do with our predictions?
IS: All in all, I used to be not very profitable with my predictions. I known as three accurately: Petermann Bédat Useless Beat Second (Horological Revelation), Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE.2 (Chronometry), and H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automated (Chronograph). Plus, three of my runner-up picks received: Bovet 1822 Miss Audrey (Women), Van Cleef & Arpels Soleil Féerique (Creative Crafts), and Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight (Problem).
ED: For somebody who’s really been on that jury eight instances (2012-2019), I ended up with a pitiful stability of solely two right predictions in Creative Crafts and Chronometry. However the identical goes for Gary, who was on the jury twice (2018-2019).
I’m going to place that right down to the much-evolved nature of the big, new Academy and the smaller all-Swiss nuclear jury. There was in all probability simply no actual method to predict what would occur right here – very like the yr 2020 altogether.
Our right predictions
Congratulations to Joshua and Martin with three right predictions within the common classes every – specifically Martin, who accurately known as the night’s grand prize!
Calendar and Astronomy: Vacheron Constantin Abroad QP Extremely Skinny Skeleton
Chronograph: H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Automated Chronograph
Creative Crafts: Van Cleef & Arpels Soleil Féerique
Chronograph: H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Automated Chronograph
Chronometry: Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE
Chronograph: H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Automated Chronograph
Chronometry: Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE
Aiguille d’Or: Piaget Altiplano Final Idea
Males’s Complication: Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1
Chronometry: Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE
Creative Crafts: Van Cleef & Arpels Soleil Féerique
Chronometry: Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RE