Prize list GPHG 2021

Bvlgari wins the “Aiguille d’Or” prize

The Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) jury has announced the winners during a festive awards ceremony at the Théâtre du Léman. Headed by author and historian Nick Foulkes, the jury handed out 19 prizes, including the top award “Aiguille d’Or”, which was awarded to Bvlgari for the Octo Finisssimo watch.

By Nicolas Yvon
The GPHG 2021 ceremony hosted by Edouard Baer. 

The top award of the GPHG 2021 (the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix) was won by Bvlgari for its Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar. Slim watch lovers already know this model since it is the slimmest self-winding perpetual calendar in the world (5.80mm of thickness for the case and 2,75 for the calibre).

L'Octo Finissimo de Bvlgari remporte le GPHG 2021
Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bvlgari, winner of the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, at the GPHG 2021 with the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar. 

Let’s not forget, of course, the other winners of this 2021 Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève edition. The GPHG was also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ceremony. 

GPGH 2021 les lauréats du concours
The winners of GPHG 2021: Jean-Christophe Babin (CEO of Bulgari) ; Hind Seddiqi (Director General of Dubai Watch Week) ; Lititia Zhang Berruex (Representative of CIGA design in Switzerland) ; Eric Pirson (Director of Tudor) ; Jean Arnault (Marketing and Product Development Director, Watches, Louis Vuitton) ; Frédéric Bondoux (President of Grand Seiko Europe) ; François-Henry Bennahmias (CEO of Audemars Piguet) ; Benjamin Comar (CEO of Piaget) ; Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (Co-president of Chopard) ; Eric de Rocquigny (International Operations & Métiers Director of Van Cleef & Arpels) ; Maximilian Büsser (Owner & Creative Director of MB&F) ; Julien Tornare (CEO of Zenith) ; Pierre Jacques (CEO of De Bethune) ; Daniël et Maria Reintjes (Owners and creativ directors of Christiaan Van Der Klaauw) ; Andrea Furlan et Hamad Al Marri (Co-founders of Furlan Marri) ; Benjamin Comar (CEO of Piaget) ; Bernhard Lederer (Watchmaker & CEO of Lederer Watches), Carine Maillard and Raymond Lorean (GPHG)

Maison Piaget won two awards (Ladies’ Watch Prize and Mechanical Exception Watch Prize), which was also the case for Louis Vuitton (Diver’s Watch Prize and Audacity Prize) and MB&F (Men’s Complication Watch Prize and Artistic Crafts Watch Prize). The Iconic Watch Prize was then awarded to Audemars Piguet for the Royal Oak. While the valued “Petite Aiguille” Prize was won by the manufacture Tudor for the Black Bay Ceramic that holds a Master Chronometer certification.

The GPHG 2021 winner watches will be presented in Paris early December.  

GPHG also rewards a personality or influential institution on the watchmaking scene with the Special Jury Prize, which was won this year by the Dubai Watch Week. 

Last but not least: the GPHG 2021 winner watches, but also the twenty “Aiguille d’Or” Prize winners from 2001 to 2020, are on display at the Musée Rath in Geneva until November 14, 2021. After that, the 2021 award-winning watches will be exhibited during the Dubai Watch Week, from November 24 to 28, and then in Paris from December 2 to 5. 

The GPHG 2021 award winning watches.

GPHG 2021 Piaget
Ladies’ Watch Prize for the Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow and Mechanical Exception Watch Prize with the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic: Piaget is a two-time winner. 
GPHG 2021 Louis Vuitton
Same thing for Louis Vuitton, the brand has won the Audacity Prize for the Tambour Carpe Diem and also the Diver’s Watch Prize for the Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue.
MB& F remporte deux prix au GPHG 2021
MB&F is the third Maison that was rewarded twice. Indeed, the brand won Men’s Complication Watch Prize and Artistic Crafts Watch Prize. 
GPHG 21 Van Cleef & Arpels et Chopard
Regarding the feminine watches, the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels won the Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize, while Chopard won the Jewellery Watch Prize.
Grand Seiko et Audemars Piguet récompensées au Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève 2021
The Men’s Watch Prize was handed out to Grand Seiko, and the Iconic Watch Prize was awarded to Audemars Piguet for its Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin.
Tourbillon De Bethune et Chronomètre Impulse Lederer
The Maison De Bethune won the Tourbillon Watch Prize and Bernhard Lederer won the Innovation Prize.
Zenith et Furlan Marri, les chronographes du GPHG 21
Diver watches were also rewarded: the Chronograph Watch Prize for the Chronomaster Sport by Zenith and the Horological Revelation Prize for the MR. Grey Ref. 1041-A by Furlan Marri.
GPHG 2021 CVDK et CIGA Design
Christiaan Van Der Klaauw won the Calendsr and Astronomy Watch Prize. Besides, CIGA won the Challenge Watch Prize. 
Tudor GPHG 21
This year, the manufacture Tudor won the “Petite Aiguille” Prize for its Black Bay Ceramic Master Chronometer.

2021 prize list: 

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Féerie Watch
Men’s Watch Prize: Grand Seiko, Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5
Men’s Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, LMX Titanium
Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin
Tourbillon Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB Kind of Two Tourbillon
Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
Diver’s Watch Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue
Chronograph Watch Prize: Zenith, Chronomaster Sport
Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, Flower Power
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic
Challenge Watch Prize: CIGA Design, Blue Planet
Innovation Prize: Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer
Audacity Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem
Special Jury Prize: Dubai Watch Week

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