Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève

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The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix) is the name of an annual watchmaking prize as well as the organization that awards it.

Awarded in November of each year since 2001, the GPHG includes prizes in important categories, including men's/women's, sport watch, technical innovation, and complication. There is also a prize for the best watch maker and a special jury prize. Originally given by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH), the GPHG became a registered public interest organization in 2011.

The organization consists of:

  • The Republic and Canton of Geneva
  • The City of Geneva
  • The Musée International de l’Horlogerie/International Museum of Horology (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • The Geneva Laboratory of Horology and Microengineering (Timelab)
  • The Edipresse group

With the exception of a special audience prize, only a selected jury of watch professionals are allowed to vote, and price is one consideration. GPHG has become one of the most important prizes in the world of watches, awarded annually at a banquet in November. One can compare it with the Academy Awards ("Oscars") of the U.S. film industry. An Asian Edition is also held.

The way to the winner of the Aiguille d'Or (Golden Pointer) automatically gets a seat in the jury in the following year.

Frequent Winners

As of 2018, the following companies have won five or more prizes.

Rank Winner Wins
1 Audemars Piguet 11
2 Piaget 9
2 TAG Heuer 9
2 Vacheron Constantin 9
5 Chopard 7
5 F.P. Journe 7
5 Van Cleef & Arpels 7
5 Zenith 7
9 A. Lange & Söhne 6
9 Breguet 6
9 Greubel Forsey 6
9 Patek Philippe 6
13 Cartier 5
13 Chanel 5
13 Girard-Perregaux 5
13 Hublot 5
13 Jaeger-LeCoultre 5
13 Voutilainen 5

Selection of Winners

Aiguille d'Or Grand Prix

Richard Mille RM 012
© Richard Mille
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Ref. 5102
© Patek Philippe

The grand prize from the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for "the best overall watch among all categories". The winner is included in the jury for the next year's voting.

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize

"Watches demonstrating exceptional mastery of one or several artistic techniques, such as: enamelling, lacquering, engraving, guilloché (engine-turning), openworking (skeleton-working), etc."

Audacity Prize

The Audacity Prize rewards the best watch featuring a non-conformist, offbeat approach to watchmaking. It is discretionary whether the jury selects a winner or not and was introduced in 2018.

Complicated Watch Prize

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 Rückseite
© Jaeger-LeCoultre
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1
© Jaeger-LeCoultre

Watches with at least one major complication (full calendar, perpetual calendar, striking mechanism, tourbillon, split-seconds chronograph). This prize category was split into various specialties in 2013 and retired.

Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Equation of Time, Ref. 26003OR.OO.D002CR.01

Originally Calendar Watch Prize, this category was retired in 2018 but returned as Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize in 2019.

Chronograph Watch Prize

Created in 2014, this prize is for watches with a chronograph function.

Chronometry Watch Prize

Originally created in 2014 as the Tourbillon Watch Prize for watches featuring a tourbillon, renamed Chronometry in 2018 to include other special timekeeping features

Ladies' Complication Watch Prize

Women's watches with "mechanical creativity and complexity." Originally called Ladies' High-Mech Watch Prize but renamed Ladies Complication in 2018.

Mechanical Exception Watch Prize

Watches with "a special mechanism, such as an innovative or sophisticated display, an automaton, a striking or any other acoustic function, a belt-driven movement or any other original and/or exceptional horological concept".

Men's Complication Watch Prize

This prize was given in 2013 as Men's Complications and returned in 2018 along with the Ladies' Complication prize.

Striking Watch Prize

Watches with a striking indication (repeater, striking, musical, etc) were given in 2014 and 2015.

Travel Time Watch Prize

Watches displaying several time zones (world time, dual-time, etc) were awarded in 2016 and 2017.

Design Watch Prize

The Design Watch Prize was awarded between 2002 and 2011.

Diver's Watch Prize

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph
© Jaeger-LeCoultre

A new category was introduced in 2019 for dive watches, replacing the previous Sports Watch Prize, which had existed since 2003 for watches "designed for the measurement or practice of sport" including water and shock resistance.

Electronic Watch Prize

This category existed only for one year, 2006. Today, smartwatches are eligible only under the Challenge Watch Prize.

"Extra-Plate" Watch Prize

"Extra-plate" is French for "ultra-thin", and this award existed from 2002 through 2006.

Geneva Hallmark

Horological Revelation Prize

This prize rewards a watch created by a young brand or talent less than 10 years from first introducing a watch. It is discretionary and was awarded in 2013, 2015, and 2019.

Iconic Watch Prize

This new category was created for 2019 and goes “to the best watch from an emblematic collection that has been exercising a lasting influence on watchmaking history and the watch market for more than 25 years.” This replaced the Revival Watch Prize which existed since 2013 for watches that are "a contemporary reinterpretation or reissue of an iconic old model."

Innovation Watch Prize

This discretionary prize is only awarded if the jury feels a watch reflects "the most innovative research on a conceptual level" (originally) or "innovative vision of time measurement (in terms of technique, design, materials, etc.) and opens up new development pathways for the watchmaking art."

Jewellery Watch Prize

Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar Bang
© Hublot
Audemars Piguet Millenary "Pianoforte", Ref. 15325BC.OO.D102CR.01

"Watches demonstrating exceptional mastery of the art of jewellery making and gemsetting"

Ladies' Watch Prize

Women’s watches with no or basic complications and simple gemsetting

Men's Watch Prize

Men's watches with basic complications and simple gemsetting. Complicated watches were split out in 2013 and 2014.

Middle East Public Prize

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d'Art "Hommage an die Großen Entdecker": Christoph Columbus
© Vacheron Constantin

"Pendulette" Prize

"Pendulette" is French for "pendulum"

"Petite Aiguille" Prize

"Petite aiguille" is French for "small (hour) hand", and this award is for watches with a retail price under CHF 7,500 (2012-2013) or 8,000 (2014-2017). For 2018 and 2019, this prize is for a watch priced between CHF 4,000 and 10,000, with watches priced under this in the new Challenge category.

Challenge Watch Prize

For 2018 and 2019, a new lower-priced category was introduced below the "Petite Aiguille", with a maximum price of CHF 4,000. Smartwatches are also eligible here.

Public Prize

The Public Prize was retired in 2016.

Special Jury Prize

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph "Pour le Mérite"

Since 2008, this prize is for "a personality, institution or initiative that has played a fundamental role in promoting high-quality watchmaking" rather than a watch or brand.

Best Watchmaker Prize

Vianney Halter Antiqua
© Vianney Halter

Another category, just for watchmakers, existed between 2008 and 2012.