Mak­ing His­tory

THE GRAND PRIX D’HOR­LOGERIE DE GENÈVE IS AR­GUABLY THE UL­TI­MATE PRIZE-GIV­ING CER­E­MONY FOR THE WATCH­MAK­ING IN­DUS­TRY. Sean Li PRESENTS THIS YEAR’S WIN­NERS, RE­PORT­ING FROM BE­HIND THE SCENES FROM THE PER­SPEC­TIVE OF A JURY MEM­BER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Watches -

Var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions, such as Revo­lu­tion, hand out awards each year to the watches and per­son­al­i­ties that have stood out from the crowd, that we sur­mise have or will make their mark on the horo­log­i­cal land­scape. There’s one award cer­e­mony, though, that by its very na­ture—not be­ing tied to a par­tic­u­lar pub­li­ca­tion, and hav­ing the sup­port of the can­ton of Geneva it­self— tends to grab a big share of the spot­light: the Grand Prix d’hor­logerie de Genève.

I’ve been priv­i­leged to be part of the jury of the GPHG, as it is pop­u­larly known, for the past three years and to see it evolve, for it has cer­tainly un­der­gone some sig­nif­i­cant changes in the short time dur­ing which I’ve been able to par­tic­i­pate.

Of course, the most no­table change is that the com­po­si­tion of the jury has grown from the ini­tial 12 in­dus­try spe­cial­ists to 25 mem­bers in 2014. This has en­abled watch en­thu­si­asts and ex­perts from other fields, such as gemol­ogy and his­tory, to con­trib­ute their ex­per­tise, while also al­low­ing the in­clu­sion of as­tute col­lec­tors from the fields

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