View from the Jury Room
Jury member Sean Li shares some thoughts on the prestigious Grand Prix d’horlogerie de Genève and its future
he grand prix d’horlogerie de Genève has for 15 years gathered the best and brightest of the watchmaking world in Geneva for the unveiling of a number of awards and the ultimate prize, the Aiguille d’or. The winners are determined by a secret ballot a few days before the awards ceremony, when the jury members gather to examine the watches and rank them according to their personal preference.
It’s been an honour to be part of the jury for the past four years. I’ve made a number of new friends in that time and have grown to appreciate not only the time I spend with them in Geneva, but our exchanges throughout the year. It’s not for me to comment directly on the winners in each category, for it is truly a group effort. I do not consult the jury members before deciding my personal rankings and handing in my votes. We do occasionally discuss our choices after the fact, but this can have no bearing on the awards because we are not told the winners before the ceremony.
A number of the jury members were on hand this year for a press conference to open the exhibition that led up to the awards ceremony. The questions were, as you would expect, focused on how the jury members make their decisions and what particular