This is it, the 2018 release of the GPHG, known as the “Oscars of the watchmaking industry”, has come to a nearby and the prize for the best watch of the year, otherwise called the “Aiguille d’Or”, has been granted. By and by this year, complications, imagination and Haute Horlogerie have been remunerated. Meet the best watch of 2018, the Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital – investigated here – an amazingly complex cosmic watch, just as the wide range of various prize victors of the GPHG 2018.
Quick analysis: this year, free watchmakers are at focal point of the audience. No less than 9 prizes (all out of 17 prizes) have remunerated the innovativeness of more modest brands, which are not heavily influenced by standard extravagance gatherings. Bovet (with the most awesome aspect show “Aiguille d’Or”), Krayon, Akrivia, Laurent Ferrier, Singer, De Bethune, Greubel Forsey, Habring² and Konstantin Chaykin will all get back with one of the Golden Hand prizes. This is an obvious indicator of the significance of these “niche” brands, which probably won’t sell a huge number of watches yet affect the market. Bravo!
Aiguille d’Or 2018 – Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital
This year, the best watch of the show – or “Aiguille d’Or” – is given to Bovet and its impressive Récital 22 Grand Récital. This watch – assessed here – combines a few specialized and galactic complications: hours demonstrated by a turning Earth with day/night sign, retrograde minutes, one-minute tourbillon, power save marker, retrograde never-ending schedule and exactness moon stage. Notwithstanding that, it is a magnum opus of accuracy and enhancement – as clarified in our video here . The brand has radically expanded its quality and its authority. Congrats on this eminent watch. A merited prize from the GPHG 2018.
Special Jury Prize – Jean-Claude Biver
The Special Jury Prize goes to Jean-Claude Biver, the non-leader President of the LVMH Group Watch division, Chairman of Hublot & Zenith – and former CEO of the LVMH Group Watch division, subsequent to venturing down from his operational responsibilities.
Jean-Claude Biver (conceived September 20, 1949) is a Luxembourg financial specialist who began his profession at Audemars Piguet as project supervisor for Europe. He then left AP to become item chief at Omega. This is the point at which he chose with Jacques Piguet to buy the rights to Blancpain (which had left business during the 1970s). In 1981, he restarted the brand, made a complete assortment and accomplished a turnover of CHF 50m in the mid 1990s. In 1992, Biver sold Blancpain to SMH Group (presently known as Swatch Group) for CHF 60m, a lofty turnaround considering he purchased the rights for CHF 22,000.
After the offer of Blancpain, Biver joined the top managerial staff of Swatch Group and was engaged with rebuilding Omega. Biver left Omega in 2003.
In 2004, Jean-Claude Biver joined Hublot as CEO and board member. Hublot was purchased by LVMH in 2008 and JCB coordinated the gathering as CEO of the Watch division, accountable for Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith. He remained in this situation until recently when he chose to step down from his operational responsibilities.
Revival Prize – Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942
The recovery prize is given to a watch which includes a contemporary re-release or reevaluation of a notable authentic model.
This year, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 takes home the prize (as we expected) with its excellent complication and design.
Innovation Prize – Krayon Everywhere Horizon
An ultra complex piece, the Krayon Everywhere can show Sunrise and Sunset Indications everywhere on the world – an amazing mechanical number cruncher, which additionally demonstrates time by hours, minutes and seconds. The rendition that successes the prize this year is the most recent jewel adorned edition.
Ladies’ Watch Prize – Chanel Boy-companion Skeleton
The best ladies’ watch goes to Chanel and its Boy-Friend Skeleton . Not exclusively is its development excellent however the style is plainly contemporary, with a blend of female and manly elements.
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize – Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium
Again another justified prize, with the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium – a complex watch with extraordinary planetarium complications (obviously, planned by Van der Klaaw).
Men’s Watch Prize – Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain
The best men’s watch goes to free watchmaker Akrivia and its Chronomètre Contemporain . An amazing honor considering the remainder of the competing watches, in any case, a merited prize realizing how skilled this youthful watchmaker is – his developments have a great degree of beautification. A pleasant acknowledgment of the work of Rexhep Rexhepi.
Men’s Complication Prize – Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
For the men’s complication watch, the jury has picked the rich and precisely interesting Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece . Not exclusively is the watch amazingly planned and completed, yet its development is shrewd with regards to the amendment of the schedule signs. Once more, well deserved.
Chronograph Watch Prize – Singer Reimagined Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition
The Singer Reimagined Track 1 (Hong Kong version) and its super-imaginative chronograph development by Agenhor are (at long last) remunerated as the best chronograph of the year 2018. With its focal sign and its extraordinarily complex development (which is incredibly simple to utilize), it is an advocated prize.
Chronometry Watch Prize – De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon
When it comes to exactness and chronometry, De Bethune unquestionably knows some things (most definitely). There’s then valid justifications for the DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon to get the prize in the Chronometry Watch classification this year – notwithstanding the eminent look of the watch.
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize – Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie
As we expected, the Mechanical Exception Watch Prize goes to Greubel Forsey with its Grande Sonnerie watch – not exclusively is the grande sonnerie a super complex mechanical accomplishment in itself, but Greubel Forsey adds a few assurances to the development and its standard standout decoration.
Sports Watch Prize – Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation
For the Sports Watch Prize, the GPHG 2018 honors the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation , a vintage re-release of the primary hey beat plunge watch made by Seiko in 1968. This demonstrates, by and by, that Seiko is an intense competitor in this packed market of the games watch.
Jewellery Watch Prize – Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize – Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir
Petite Aiguille Prize – Habring2 Doppel-Felix
The “Petite Aiguille” prize covers watches with a retail cost between CHF 4,000 and CHF 10,000. Smartwatches are conceded in this classification. This year, the great Habring2 Doppel-Felix , a rattrapante chronograph for EUR 8,000 and delivered freely by a little atelier in Austria brought home the prize – however it isn’t the first run through for Richard and Maria Habring. Thinking about the incentive for the cash, a merited award.
Challenge Watch Prize – Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 41 Update
A new classification this year. Just watches with a retail cost under CHF 4,000 can compete. Smartwatches are permissible in this classification too. Nomos with the Tangente Neomatik 41 Update gets the prize. The GPHG 2018 kept its decision rather moderate, rather than going for one of the competing microbrands.
Audacity Prize – Konstantin Chaykin Clown
No doubt… The Konstantin Chaykin Clown is an incredibly, nervy watch.