The 21st edition of the Grand Prix d'Horologerie de Geneve (GPHG) - a competition created to yearly reward the most remarkable contemporary creations and promote the watchmaking art worldwide - will be held this year on November 4th, 2021.
The 2021 edition of the (GPHG) has just announced the shortlisted (pre-selected) watches that will be competing for an award in one of the 14 categories (as well as for the “Aiguille d’Or” award, which recognizes the overall best watch among all the entrants).
Only watches commercialized after May 2020 and at the latest by the end of October 2021 are eligible to take part.
Here are some of your favorite brands that were nominated this year!
BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT 925
TUDOR is launching a unique new version of its popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight model in 925 silver with an open case back – two firsts for a TUDOR divers' watch, and creating a surprising incandescence.
The function is a classic watchmaking must-have. The WorldTimer is both fundamental and eminently useful in an age when travelling from one end of the planet to the other can be done as easily and quickly as shopping! Attired in the Octo Roma case, it renews the genre enabling it to project itself into the contemporary world by playing with temporal boundaries. The Octo Roma WorldTimer is designed for globetrotters: it enables instant reading of the time in 24 cities, i.e. in 24 time zones.
The second series of King Seiko, known as the King Seiko KSK, was introduced in 1965, four years after the release of the first series that, alongside Grand Seiko, demonstrated the company’s ability to create mechanical watches with high accuracy. The King Seiko series was born during a time of significant advances in both technical and design development of Seiko’s watchmaking that laid the foundation for the company’s future success in the prestige watch arena. In addition to its precision, it offered a powerful yet graceful design that symbolized the high quality of its construction
Refined yet understated, the new Tonda embodies every aspiration of the modern woman, making each moment of the day unique. Reflecting today's multicultural and multifaceted society, this new line of timepieces, with its variety of dials, functions and diameters, is an ode to diversity and features luxury codes which are undeniably feminine and utterly universal. Faithful to its history, Parmigiani Fleurier appeals to all women, from Asia to the Americas, via Europe and Africa, in all the greatest cities of the world.
The DIVER X SKELETON, created in a limited edition of 175 pieces, is equipped with the new manufacture automatic openworked caliber, the UN-372 movement. It comes in a 44mm case, with an ultra-sleek finish and a blue multi layered, X-shaped dial, one of the most complex dials ever made by Ulysse Nardin. All the iconic Ulysse Nardin DIVER codes are in place. Water-resistant to 200 meters, unidirectional rotating bezel, Superluminova on the indexes and hands, central seconds hand for better reading of time underwater.
The joy of mechanics rises to the surface in a smaller version of Oris’s versatile diver’s watch powered by the game-changing in-house automatic Calibre 400. Oris Calibre 400 Series sets the new standard in automatic mechanical watchmaking. Conceived entirely in-house by the independent Swiss watch company’s skilled engineers, it offers elevated levels of antimagnetism and a five-day power reserve, and comes with a 10-year warranty and 10-year recommended service intervals.
In 1921, Vacheron Constantin seized the powerful momentum of the Roaring Twenties to create a watch with an avant-garde design produced primarily for the American market. In 2021, the Maison is celebrating the anniversary of this icon, particularly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie, with a new interpretation of the American 1921 model.
This worthy descendant of the Chronomaster lineage features a sleek, robust and beautifully proportioned steel case measuring 41 mm wide with pump-style pushers. It is driven by the new high-frequency El Primero 3600 calibre offering greater performance and precision than ever. Endowed with a 60-hour power reserve, the mechanism and its striking architecture can be admired through the sapphire display back revealing a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed Zenith star.
In 2019, Chopard Manufacture enriched its range of complications with its first automatic movement to feature a flying tourbillon, L.U.C 96.24-L. This calibre featuring Chopard Twin technology with two stacked barrels and highly precise adjustments – notably a stop-seconds function – now powers the new L.U.C Flying T Twin Ladies model in diamond-set ethical 18-carat rose gold. Ultra-thin thanks to the slender movement size, this timepiece features a 35-millimetre diameter perfectly suited to women’s wrists. Extremely refined both mechanically and aesthetically, this 25-piece limited serie reflects the stunning dexterity displayed by the artisans of emotion at Chopard Manufacture, as confirmed by the "Chronometer" and Poinçon de Genève certifications.
Mingling taut and flowing lines, robustness and delicacy, the Hermès H08 watch is firmly embedded in the men’s universe of the house.
The Hermès H08 sporting-inspired design mingles taut and flowing lines, its circular dial framed by a case with softened edges, as if angles and curves were merging into a seamless whole. It appears bedecked in mineral materials and tones, with black, grey and anthracite quite naturally rubbing shoulders with blue and orange.
Two dials, two identities. A technical and aesthetic exercise that opens up a whole new field of research. A contemporary take on the double-sided watch.
Two very different faces, both aesthetically and technically
The DB Kind of Two Tourbillon is perfectly reversible and can be worn on either side according to the mood of the moment.
The front side of the DB Kind of Two Tourbillon displays a dial featuring a sleek, contemporary design, with central hours and minutes hands as well as a tourbillon at 6 o'clock, complete with a 30-second indication. Extensive work has been done on integrating polished, curved shapes, matt or glossy components, different thicknesses and levels, thereby creating a sensation of ample space and optimal volume, given the minimum height available for a tourbillon watch. A new type of deltoid-shaped bridge – this time perfectly symmetrical – is positioned in the centre, like an isosceles triangle that contributes to the overall sense of harmony.
The first timepiece borne of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin has been revealed. The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s unique knowledge of luxury and performance.
Below the list of the 84 nominated timepieces of the GPHG 2021 in the 14 categories: