…and the winner is…

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, a.k.a. GPHG. a.k.a. the watch ‘Oscars’ took place in Geneva last week and the winner of the coveted grand prize (Aiguille d’Or) was the Récital 22 Grand Récital tourbillon from Bovet.

This amazing watch celebrates the three heavenly bodies:

  • The Sun – represented by the flying tourbillon
  • The Earth – rotating on its own axis and showing the hours on a 24-hour cycle
  • The Moon – a sphere orbiting the Earth according to the exact length of the synodic period (29.53 days)

The Earth is as seen from the sky above Môtiers, Switzerland, where Pascal Raffy’s Bovet brand have their headquarters.

It also has a perpetual calendar and all this housed in a 46mm red gold or platinum case.

Better raid your piggy bank, though, as it costs in the region of $450,000!

 

A special mention to Jean-Claude Biver.

The man behind elite brands such as Omega, Hublot and Blancpain announced his retirement at the age of 69 and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Enjoy your retirement Jean-Claude, you have earned it and thank you for your work!

 

 

The complete list of winners at GPHG is shown below:

Aiguille d’Or: Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital
Ladies: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton
Ladies Complication: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planetarium
Men’s: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain
Men’s Complication: Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
Chronograph: Singer Reimagined Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition
Chronometry: De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon
Mechanical Exception: Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie
Petite Aiguille: Habring2 Doppel-Felix
Challenge: Nomos Glashütte Tangente neomatik 41 Update
Sports: Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation
Jewellery: Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle
Artistic Crafts: Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir
Revival: Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942
Innovation: Krayon Everywhere Horizon
Audacity: Konstantin Chaykin Clown
Special Jury Prize: Jean-Claude Biver

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  1. Hey there! I had no idea that there was an award like this for watches. This watch is awesome and I love how it celebrates the sun, moon and earth. What a creative way to create and arrange a watch. I wish I had 450k to buy it! Maybe if I work really hard by the time I’m 69 I might be able to afford it too, lol.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Marlinda

    1. Thanks, Marlinda. Yes, it really is a great example of creative design. Watches don’t have to be boring, although I never find them boring anyway!

  2. This is amazing article David. I must say that I a big fan of watches and I like to wear them in all type of celebrations. It is incredible how much this watch cost but I believe that there is persons who would buy it. It is of very nice design and I am really unhappy that I can’t wear it.

  3. The man behind elite brands such as Omega, Hublot and Blancpain announced his retirement at the age of 69 he was given a watch.This amazing watch celebrates the three heavenly bodies:

    The Sun – represented by the flying tourbillonThe Earth – rotating on its own axis and showing the hours on a 24-hour cycleThe Moon – a sphere orbiting the Earth according to the exact length of the synodic period (29.53 days)Better raid your piggy bank, though, as it costs in the region of $450,000! That is to much my piggy bank dont hold that much does yours 

  4. The “Watch Oscars”? What in the… well, you certainly learn something new every day. I have never heard of the Watch Oscars until today. Sounds amazing though! 

    The winning watch is GORGEOUS though, so I can see why it got the coveted title. I love the three sections – the Earth, the Sun and the Moon. To me, it looks like this isn’t just a watch. This is a piece of artwork. 

    So, when are you going to get yourself one?? Lol I personally think I’ll have to wait as it costs more than my house!! 

    1. You are right, it is absolutely a work of art.

      Not looking to buy one any time soon, unless my numbers come up in this evening’s Euromillions!

      Thanks for your comments Christina.

  5. Hi there David!

    WOW! What a nice watch and the winner is indeed so lucky!

    Truly represents HEAVENLY BODIES because 1. You maybe feel like you’re in HEAVEN when you wear this and 2. It’s really hard to have this as the price is so HIGH like those HEAVENLY BODIES, LOL!

    Thanks for the heads-up!

    Be safe always!

    -julius

  6. Watches have been one of my splurges for over 40 years, yet they are not over $100. Very knowledgable in your information about those I have never seen before, and great history about them also. Do you normally go for the more expensive watch?I have seen watches that look expensive yet are not, or are marked down a lot. Interesting learning about smart watches that are different then smart watches I know about like Apple etc.

    1. I am attracted to a watch by the look and feel. Yes, you can tell the quality of the more expensive watches, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better for each individual. Watches are very much a matter of personal choice, not just affordability or a status symbol.

      Thanks for your comments.

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