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
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