For its 10th anniversary, the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2010 (GPHG) awarded 11 prizes saluting creativity, dynamism and skills within the watch industry.
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2010 (GPHG) – Tradition, innovation, sophisticated complications and fine craftsmanship were duly appreciated by a jury of collectors, journalists and watchmaking experts, who gathered in the Grand Théâtre de Genève specially for this event.
Champagne, feathers and kabuki enlivened the evening of Thursday November 18th, as1500 watchmaking devotees celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
Some of the most influential figures in the watch industry and the great names in watch distribution had come from around the globe to present the statuettes rewarding the laureates in each category. Mrs Elena Ivanova, representing the Mercury company, presented the “Complicated Watch Prize”, and Mr. Abdul Hamied Sediqqi the “Design & Concept Watch Prize”. Mr. John Simonian came on stage to hand over the “Best Men’s Watch” award, while “La Petite Aiguille” prize was presented by Mr. Michael Tay. Laurent Picciotto, founder and owner of the Chronopassion specialist boutique in Paris, provided entertaining summaries of the technical characteristics of the nominated timepieces.
The audience listened in respectful silence to the emotional “in memoriam” tributes paid by Franco Cologni and Metin Arditi to Nicolas Hayek and Luigi Macaluso, saluting the passion, commitment and outstanding careers of these two leading lights in the watchmaking world.
“La Petite Aiguillle” (Small Hand” prize)
On the occasion of this 10th anniversary, the jury awarded “La Petite Aiguille” prize to the best watch retailing at under 5,000 CHF.
The “Public Prize” is awarded by visitors to the Geneva exhibition and internet users who selected their favourite watch on the www.gphg.org or www.worldtempus.com websites.
Best Watchmaker Prize
A reward for the creative watchmaker whose work has had the greatest impact on the watchmaking world in a given year.
Special Jury Prize
The jury is free to award this prize to a timepiece, a brand, a personality, an innovation, or any major player in the watch industry.
10 YEARS OF REWARDS…
The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, under the patronage of the city and State of Geneva, annually salutes watchmaking creativity, skill and expertise.
2001 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: Vacheron Constantin, Lady Kalla.
2002 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: Patek Philippe, Ciel Lune.
2003 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: Patek Philippe, 10 jours Tourbillon.
2004 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: François-Paul Journe, Tourbillon souverain à seconde morte.
2005 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: Vacheron Constantin, Tour de l’Ile.
2006 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: François-Paul Journe, Sonnerie souveraine.
2007 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: Richard Mille, RM012.
2008 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: François-Paul Journe, Centigraphe Souverain.
2009 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: A. Lange & Söhne, Lange Zeitwerk.
2010 : Golden Hand Grand Prix awarded to: Greubel Forsey, Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique.