The watchmaking world’s most prestigious awards ceremony took place in Geneva last night, celebrating the heights of horology in 2021. CEOs and designers from numerous top brands descended on the city to find out who would be walking away with one of the 19 awards and the coveted ‘Aiguille d’Or’, aka best in show. We’ve picked out some of our favourite winners, with a full list of the GPHG 2021 results at the bottom of the page.
Aiguille d’Or: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar
Winning the top prize is the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar that was first announced at Watches & Wonders earlier this year. It’s a worthy winner, having already claimed the world record for being the thinnest perpetual calendar. Turns out if you create the ‘best’ version of horology’s top complication then people tend to notice.
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Men’s Watch Prize: Grand Seiko SLGH005 Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Calibre 9SA5
In the Men’s Watch category, it appears nothing could compete with the sheer style of Grand Seiko’s silver birch inspired dial, the SLGH005. It was the first watch of the year that really has us excited, with a textured display to die for and a movement to match. It’s further proof that GS have been on a storm this year, as the Silver Birch was only the first in a half-dozen or more watches with exquisite dials that have been released in 2021.
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Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra Thin
Do we really need to explain why the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra Thin is iconic? The RO as a family of watches has enjoyed huge popularity this year, especially in the music scene with Dave and Stormzy leading the charge. Not to mention that the Extra Thin has a gorgeous green dial, unquestionably the colour of 2021.
Watch our video review of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra Thin here.
Chronograph Watch Prize: Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Is the Zenith Chronomaster Sport the Daytona slayer? The GPHG certainly think it’s in with a shot, naming it Chronograph of the year. The El Primero 3600 calibre inside comes from a line of legendary, sporty movements, so it’s fitting that its helped to win the racing watch category. Plus, that classic tricompax layout in tri-colours is hard not to love.
Watch our video review of the Zenith Chronomaster Sport here.
Petite Aiguille: Tudor Black Bay Ceramic
The Petite Aiguille award goes to the best watch that costs under CHF 8,000 and they couldn’t have picked a better winner than the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic. Not only does it add stealthy black ceramic to the BB range, it’s also Tudor’s first master chronometer timepiece. It signals a step up from Tudor in terms of watchmaking skill and means that Omega no longer have a monopoly on the classification.
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Full Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) Results 2021
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Féerie Watch
Men’s Watch Prize: Grand Seiko, Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5
Men’s Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, LMX Titanium
Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin
Tourbillon Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB Kind of Two Tourbillon
Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
Chronograph Watch Prize: Zenith, Chronomaster Sport
Diver’s Watch Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue
Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, Flower Power
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic
Challenge Watch Prize: CIGA Design, Blue Planet
Innovation Prize: Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer
Audacity Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem
Horological Revelation Prize: Furlan Marri, MR. Grey Ref. 1041-A
Special Jury Prize: Dubai Watch Week
If you want to see the competition they were up against, you can view the original GPHG 2021 shortlist here. More information at GPHG.