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