Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: And The Nominees Are…
Last week the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève released the official pre-selection list for the upcoming ceremony this November. The GPHG is a yearly watchmaking award ceremony, celebrating the incredible, unique craftsmanship within the industry. To take home a GPHG award is a serious honour. As with OnlyWatch 2017, we were thrilled to see so many SKOLORR watchmakers on the list!
Alongside the likes of Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and Urwerk in the Ladies category is our very own Fiona Krüger with her Petit Skull Celebration Eternity. Fiona’s artistic approach to horology is what sets her apart from the crowd and enables her to transform mechanical watches into emotive timepieces. Her skull pieces, inspired by many years spent in Mexico as a child, are a touch of fun that have already captured the hearts of many industry insiders.
Claude Meylan, with his stunning skeletonised Tortue Petite Fleur, has been shortlisted for the Ladies’ High-Mech category. This category is reserved for women’s watches with remarkable mechanical complexity and creativity. Set with diamonds and reversed sapphires and printed using new technology with a fresh, floral blue and white pattern this piece is certainly very beautiful, but it is the intriguing dial with a twirling exhaust and gear train that has landed it in the High-Mech list.
Unsurprisingly, Voutilainen has made it onto the Men’s listing with the Voutilainen 28ISO Enamel. It’s surprising display of minutes and hours is what makes this emerald timepiece unique. The elegant, intelligent mechanism encased by a striking green enamel case is a perfect summary of Kari Voutilainen’s innovative, eclectic watchmaking skills and respect for watchmaking tradition. Independent watchmaker, Greubel Forsey, has also found himself on the list for Men’s alongside Hermès, A. Lange & Söhne and Grand Seiko.
Czapek Genève have landed in Travel Time, a category reserved for timepieces displaying two or more timezones, with their Tourbillon Suspendu Ici et Ailleurs. Since reviving Czapek in 2015, Sebastian Follonier, Harry Guhl and Xavier de Roquemaurel have taken the watchmaking brand from strength to strength, taking home the GPHG Public Prize last year and taking part in the 2017 OnlyWatch auction. Taking home another GPHG award would be an incredible notch on the belt for Czapek.
Also making it onto the Travel Time shortlist is Manufacture Royale with the ADN Jumping Disk. Coined by the GPHG themselves as “the heir to the Brand’s genetic code”, this calibre MR09 timepiece is as complex as it is stunning. The different dials have independent minutes, meaning it can be set to any two time zones, including those that only vary by 15 or 30 minutes.
In the Sport category is MB&F’s Horological Machine No.8 Aquapod. This exciting piece, inspired by the Jellyfish, has a biomorphic engine. Although the Aquapod isn’t a diving watch, it is waterproof and has so many fun design features to show off. Such as the unidirectional rotating bezel that floats inside the case like a buoy, or the central flying tourbillon that tops the concentric vertical movement architecture with indications radiating out from the centre like water ripples.
Lastly, Voutilainen has a second entry. This time in the Artistic Crafts category with the Aki-No-Kure. This timepiece is a bespoke made watch inspired by an autumn scene and the spirit of life. A reflective dial filled with beautiful blue and orange lacquer art makes for a breath-taking piece, so it’s no shock that this made the cut. It is a real masterpiece that took thousands of hours to create. Also in this category in Konstantin Chaykin’s Joker.
It’s safe to say we are extremely excited to show our support for all of the SKOLORR brands at GPHG and to see who takes home an award. Good luck!
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