The long awaited results from GPHG watchmaking contest have been finally revealed, announcing Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. as the best watch in 2013. At the prize-giving ceremony, held at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie awarded 14 more watchmakers for their exceptional creations which mark the year with their innovative technology, thrilling design and creative horological solutions. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetuel Calendar stood out as the double winner, being the best watch in the Grand Complication category, as well as the best creation in 2013, according to watch fans who voted for the Public Prize on Internet.
Presented by the French writer and literary critic, Frédéric Beigbeder, the ceremony in the ‘capital city of the haute horology hosted 1,500 exclusive guests, including the presence of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Ueli Maurer. The supreme award went to Girard-Perregaux for its masterpiece on which this renowned Swiss watchmaker worked for five years. The Constant Escapement L.M watch presents the revolutionary concept which ensures the constant rate by providing permanent delivery of energy to the oscillator regardless of the energy it receives from the barrel. This is possible thanks to the development of an intermediate device (14 micron silicon buckled-blade) to be integrated into the escapement as a micro storage power unit.
“Winning the Aiguille d’Or tonight is a genuine emotion that will stay with me deeply. I owe this amazing consecration to the work, passion and love of my team for the art of watchmaking,” said the CEO of Girard-Perregaux Mr. Michele Sofisti, after he took the stage to receive the prestigious award.
The winner in the Men’s Complication category is Romain Gauthier’s Logical One timepiece, while its companion created for ladies’ is Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée. The best men’s watch in 2013 is Voutilainen V-8R timepiece, while the DeLaneau Rondo Translucent Champagne took the award for the Ladies’ Watch of the year.
As it was expected, the most innovative timepiece is groundbreaking Deep Space Tourbillon watch created by Vianney Halter. When Felix Baumgartner made the historic freefall jump from 39,068 meters, he wore Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Stricking 10th on its wrist. The watch worked perfectly well after the Austrian daredevil successfully landed, and therefore deserved to be awarded for the best sport watch.
This year, jewellery and artistic models competed in separated categories. For the best jewellery watch, the GPHG jury chose Chopard’s L’Heure du Diamant watch, while Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Brodé timepiece deserved the Artistic Crafts Watch Prize. The winner in the “Petite Aiguille” Category is Habring2 Jumping Second Pilot, while the Revival Prize went to Tudor for its Heritage Black Bay timepiece. Ressence got the Horological Revelation Award for the Type 3 watch, and finally, the Special Jury Prize went to Philippe Dufour.