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Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) Announce 2021 Shortlist

GPHG 2021 Edition Shortlisted Watches

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Between COSC, METAS and Poinçon de Genève there are a lot of ways for watchmakers to prove that their watches meet the highest standards of the craft. However, for the most part these awards and certifications are open to everyone and so long as your watch meets the criteria it will be awarded the appropriate certificate. This means watchmakers are only really competing with themselves and if all goes to plan everyone’s a winner. Not so the case with the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), and they’ve just announced their shortlist.

For any new watch enthusiasts out there, the GPHG is an all out battle royale between watchmakers, competing in a number of individual categories to be the last watch standing and win the title of best in class. Those classes include Ladies’, Men’s, Iconic, Tourbillon, Diver’s and many more.

It’s a veritable feast of watchmaking goodness as the top brands are pitted against each other and while every watch is amazing in their own rights, only one will claim the title. And then there’s the most prestigious award of all: Aiguille d’Or, Best in Show. GPHG is hosted every year so I might be putting too much hype on it, but come on, this is the Oscars… kind of.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the shortlist and see who’s in the running.

Ladies’

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Armin Strom Lady Beat Manufacture Edition White
  • Bovet 1822 Miss Audrey Sweet Art
  • Chanel Mademoiselle J12 Acte II watch
  • Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Sélène Rose Gold White Mop 33 mm
  • Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra secret pendant watch

Ladies’ Complication

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Bovet 1822 Récital 23
  • Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin Ladies
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour Spin Time Air Vivienne
  • Montres KF KF-09-01
  • Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Féerie watch

Men’s

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5
  • H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade
  • Hermès Hermès H08
  • Louis Erard La Semaine Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein
  • MB&F LM101 Stainless Steel
  • Piaget Piaget Polo Skeleton

Men’s Complication

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph
  • Breitling Premier B15 Duograph 42
  • Bulgari Octo Roma Worldtimer
  • Chanel Monsieur Superleggera Edition
  • Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25
  • MB&F LMX Titanium

Iconic

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin
  • Grand Seiko Re-creation of the first Grand Seiko
  • IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43
  • Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925
  • Vacheron Constantin American 1921
  • Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture

Tourbillon

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • ArtyA Purity Tourbillon
  • Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph
  • De Bethune DB Kind of Two Tourbillon
  • Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition
  • IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing”
  • Louis Moinet Space Revolution

Calendar And Astronomy

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Arnold & Son Luna Magna
  • Breitling Premier B25 Datora 42
  • Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar
  • Christiaan Van Der Klaauw CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
  • IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”
  • Konstantin Chaykin Minotaur

Mechanical Exception

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Bernhard Lederer Central Impulse Chronometer
  • Christophe Claret Napoleon
  • Jacob & Co Opera Godfather Minute Repeater
  • Miki Eleta Svemir
  • Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
  • Ulysse Nardin UFO

Chronograph

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Angelus U30 Black Tourbillon, Flyback and Split-second Chronograph
  • Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40
  • IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705”
  • Louis Erard Le Chrono Monopoussoir Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein
  • Tudor Black Bay Chrono
  • Zenith Chronomaster Sport

Diver’s

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Doxa SUB 300 carbon COSC Aquamarine
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue
  • Milus Archimèdes by Milus Orange Coral
  • Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5 mm
  • Reservoir Hydrosphere Bronze “The Greg Lecoeur Edition”
  • Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton

Jewellery

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Bulgari Serpenti Barocko
  • Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Bouton décor Byzantin
  • Chopard Flower Power
  • Hermès Kelly Joaillerie
  • Piaget Exquisite Moments watch
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Ludo secret watch

Artistic Crafts

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Andersen Genève Jumping Hours 40th Anniversary in Platinum
  • Bulgari Divas Dream Peacock Collection
  • Hermès Arceau Toucan de Paradis
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem
  • MB&F LM SE Eddy Jaquet “Around the World in Eighty Days”
  • Voutilainen Duluth Bridge

Petite Aiguille

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Editon
  • Garrick S4
  • Louis Erard Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Vianney Halter
  • Seiko Re-creation of King Seiko KSK
  • Trilobe Nuit Fantastique, Grained Black
  • Tudor Black Bay Ceramic

Challenge

GPHG 2021 Shortlist

  • Anordain Model 1 – Payne’s grey fumé
  • CIGA Design Blue Planet
  • Doxa SUB 200 C-GRAPH Caribbean
  • Furlan Marri MR. Grey Ref. 1041-A
  • Massena Lab Uni-Racer
  • Oris Divers Sixty-Five Cotton Candy

There are also a number of discretionary awards that the jury can give out if they feel a particular watch, brand or individual deserves extra recognition. If I had to pick some favourites from this list, the Piaget Polo Skeleton is a no brainer because we’ve been raving about it all year and Tudor has made a strong showing with the BB 925 and BB Ceramic. When it comes to which watch I would be most likely to buy it’s a different situation entirely and the answer is the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 because that new calibre is simply awesome and entirely justifies its price, which to be fair at £2,700 is not as outlandish as the majority of timepieces on the shortlist.

More details and full shortlist available at GPHG.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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