View from the Jury Room

Jury mem­ber Sean Li shares some thoughts on the pres­ti­gious Grand Prix d’hor­logerie de Genève and its fu­ture

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

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

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