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What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Plus How Well Our Panel’s Forecasts Did | Quill & Pad

What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Plus How Well Our Panel’s Forecasts Did | Quill & Pad

In this last round table conversation, my Quill & Pad partners and I examine the stunning night of November 9, 2018 and our opinion about the huge night’s winners . Our board comprises of:

Elizabeth Doerr (ED), prime supporter and proofreader in-boss

Ian Skellern (IS), prime supporter and specialized chief

Joshua Munchow (JM), occupant geek author

GaryG (GG), inhabitant gatherer

Martin Green (MG), inhabitant gentleman

The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

JM: The 2018 GPHG was an extraordinary achievement this year, in any event while thinking about my unique forecasts. Out of the 13 standard classifications I anticipated seven effectively, and of the excess classifications none were that astounding. Indeed, even with the extraordinary classes there weren’t numerous shocks: incredible watches and incredible individuals won.

MG: It almost never happens that the GPHG jury chooses so that I can end up altogether the winners, yet that is by and large what happened for the current year. All are very merited, and this incorporates the Special Jury Prize for Jean-Claude Biver.

The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève going to begin

ED: I felt a lot of a similar way: everything – and all winners – were in incredible balance!

IS: 2018 was a vintage year for the GPHG. Indeed, I consider the determination of winners by the jury the best yet. Relationship isn’t causation, yet it’s significant the appearance of our own GaryG to the jury this year agreed with incredible improvement.

Quill & Pad’s Elizabeth Doerr and GaryG were both on the jury of the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

MG: What I likewise thought was striking, was that there were a great deal of non-Swiss winners: Habring2 is from Austria; Konstantin Chaykin, who won very merited the Audacity Prize, is from Russia; German brand Nomos claimed the Challenge reward home; and Japan’s Seiko vanquished the Sports watch category.

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2018 winners and jury

GG: Free (to comment) finally! I read my partners’ smart comments on the different GPHG classes all through the runup to the jury’s consultations, and since the current year’s release is complete I’m glad to have the option to throw in a couple of musings of my own.

I can say that I found the consideration cycle with my kindred legal hearers to be truly charming; loads of different (and educated) musings, and common discussions of different perspectives. Obviously, none of that is important if the outcomes aren’t of excellent, yet my inclination is that the jury worked effectively this time of remunerating the top watches; I’m intrigued to hear what my kindred specialists here think!

JM: The organization was a fascinating movement as one of the moderators was likewise an artist who did the vast majority of the entertainment during the show, however from my point of view I couldn’t exactly advise in the event that she was attempting to make the exhibitions comedic as she appeared to imitate the first specialists as she performed. It was intriguing without a doubt and kept extra entertainers and moderators to a minimum.

Edouard Baer and Véronic DiCaire gave balance and entertainment to the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

IS: Great evening, begun early, great moderator, great entertainer, carefully upheld time cutoff points of only 90 seconds on addresses (that is more abundant than it may appear) . . . and I not just have zero conflicts with the entirety of the laureates on the evening, I felt wholeheartedly that that all were merited winners in every single case interestingly ever.

JM: The comedy of the fundamental host, Edouard Baer, was (as it quite often is) somewhat hard to get into with the language and culture boundary for me, however he didn’t appear to make an excessive amount of fun of any nation, culture, or ladies explicitly as has been done previously, which is a welcome change. The speed of the show appeared to be better compared to in past shows, however the emphasis on having a portion of the moderators sit in the crowd until the second they should be in front of an audience is an exercise in futility. The winners clearly will be out in the crowd, yet in the event that you are a moderator there ought to be somebody coming to get them at any rate five minutes before they should be on stage.

I likewise feel like filler music, while somewhat predictable, could be helpful in keeping the times of pausing while individuals walk somewhat less abnormal . . . there appeared to be some enormous quiet minutes that ought to be stayed away from at an honors ceremony.

Overall, I have an inclination that it was a decent show with an awesome field of winners. Given how vexed I was at certain decisions a year ago , I come away this year feeling like each watch that won merited it regardless of whether it wasn’t my top pick in a particular classification. Maybe the jury and I were more in a state of harmony this year or maybe in the background dramatization didn’t influence the outcome like we have heard in the past with watches not working and the like.

Ladies: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

JM: I picked the Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton as my victor for this class and I was cheerful it was picked. It is an incredible watch that even I couldn’t want anything more than to wear (possibly without the precious stones). Chanel has been working really hard of zeroing in on top of the line watchmaking, and with a success like this it might see some generally excellent profits from that investment.

Chanel watch and adornments worldwide chief Nicolas Beau acknowledges the Ladies grant from jury individuals Suzanne Wong and Pierre Maillard for the Boy.Friend Skeleton

IS: The Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton was a reasonable victor in our forecasts of the Ladies class. I believe that the extents of the (almost rectangular) octagonal case are simply great, and the straight lines of the case feature the bended extensions of the skeleton movement.

The Boy.Friend Skeleton shows that you needn’t bother with a ton of purposeful misdirection to make an extraordinary women’s watch, however you do require fastidious regard for detail.

GG: I’d prefer to give a whoop to a piece that I thought had genuine legitimacy however missed the mark in its separate class here: the Moritz Grossman Tefnut Twist.

Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

IS: While I anticipated the Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton to win Gary, I additionally had an expectation that the Moritz Grossman Tefnut Twist had a solid chance.

ED: As much as I suspected the Chanel was meriting winning in this class with its lovely reason fabricated development, I also was sorry to see this specific Moritz Grossmann, with its exceptionally astute winding framework and calm yet-ladylike look, return home void handed.

See how well our group anticipated the winners in this classification in Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Ladies Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève .

Ladies Complication: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium

JM: Another classification that I picked effectively: the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium is a stupendous watch with a development created by the marvelous individuals at Christiaan van der Klaauw. They clearly have a fabulous working relationship with results like the Lady Arpels Planétarium. I have consistently been enchanted by the planetarium complication from van der Klaauw (see Christiaan Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Black Aventurine: Enigmatic Material Exposed ), and in this organization it really is breathtaking.

Van Cleef & Arpels global overseer of activities and métiers Eric de Rocquinay acknowledges the Ladies Complication grant from jury individuals Kim-Eva Wempe and Carson Chan for the Lady Arpels Planétarium

GG: Another determination that brought me specific joy was the Van Cleef & Arpels Planétarium as the best complicated women’s watch.

ED: And, truly, another exceptionally meriting victor in my view!

MG: I am glad for Van Cleef & Arpels with the Lady Arpels Planétarium; it was energizing to see this honor given, likewise for an individual explanation: the development is by Dutch watch produce Christiaan van der Klaauw, which I visited recently (see Visiting Christiaan Van Der Klaauw: To The Moon And Back).

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium

IS: I accurately anticipated the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium as the victor of this class stating, “It takes, or possibly it should take, substantially more than being a standout watch to win a GPHG classification. Standout should simply be a gauge for section into the tip top universe of the “pre-chosen.” To win you should be inventive, innovative, imaginative, and venturesome. The Planétarium looks awesome, is perky, instructive, whimsical, cosmic, and at 38 mm entirely wearable on thin wrists.”

See how well the group made its forecasts in Our Predictions In The Ladies Complication Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: One Is Outed As A Drag Queen .

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Men’s: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain

ED: With or without the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève to back me up, I would have picked this watch as extraordinary compared to other presented for the current year: it simply has the most amazing aspect everything in it!

IS: My pick for best men’s watch of 2018 was the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, which I concede was a since quite a while ago shot in the Men’s Category as the winners are normally more conventional looking. As I clarified in our class forecasts, the Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain was my third-place decision, and that is disliking the dial: that inward line with its square crenulations around the Roman numerals is an imperfection for me – and yet I actually love it!

Akrivia author Rexhep Rexhepi acknowledges the Men’s grant from jury individuals Eric Ku and Heekyung Jung for the Chronomètre Contemporain

GG: From the thunder in the lobby, you could tell that the decision of the Akrivia in the Men’s class was enormously mainstream, and I was extremely satisfied to see Rexhep Rexhepi up on the stage tolerating his award.

IS: Until Akriva was declared, the crowd was consciously tranquil, which made the eager adulation for Rexhepi as he gathered the prize quite a lot more articulated, featuring the fame of one of Geneva’s own made good.

Akrivia Rexhep Rexhepi Chronomètre Contemporain

JM: This success presumably made me the most joyful; I love such countless watchmakers and seeing them win is continually astonishing, yet Akrivia originator Rexhepi and his sibling are genuinely extraordinary folks that merit each acknowledgment that I am certain will come their direction. This success concretes them in the pantheon of incredible current free watchmakers like basically nothing else can. Beforehand the solitary honor that may compare was being picked to be the lead watchmaker for a Harry Winston Opus watch .

Find out how we did with our forecasts in Our Predictions For Best Men’s Watch At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (Hint: Spoilt For Choice) .

Men’s Complication: Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece

JM: This classification was my greatest amazement, not on the grounds that the Laurent Ferrier is anything but an extraordinary watch (I said it was in my forecasts ) however given the wow factor of the remainder of the pieces I am astonished this watch stood apart to the jury. I think the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece is a fantastic watch, and I love the takeoff from the ordinary Laurent Ferrier styling, however it can’t be rejected that it is a significantly more calm and controlled watch than its competitors.

Laurent Ferrier acknowledges the Men’s Complication grant from jury individuals Carla Chalouhi and Gianfranco Ritschel for the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece

But maybe this was the triumphant ticket: to be complicated and top notch without being excessively showy. Modesty in watchmaking can go far, and I think the basic flawlessness and the close monochromatic shading plan held this one back from being the cause all its own problems. I’m extremely glad for Mr. Ferrier and the brand.

Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece

IS: While I would cheerfully claim and wear the Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece, I was less excited about it as a possible champ here, expressing it is another slobber actuating watch and I like the format of the signs on the dial. Be that as it may, are a force save marker and yearly schedule noteworthy regarding their mechanical innovativeness and complexity as the principles state? I didn’t think so . . . however, the jury did.

See how everybody did with their expectations in Our Predictions For Best Men’s Complication Watch At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (Spoiler Alert! Board Is Divided, But Has Clear Favorites) .

Chronograph: Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

JM: Vindication!! OK, it’s not vindication for me, but rather it is for the amazingly difficult work of Agenhor in making the progressive development inside and others behind this watch. This Singer has an extraordinary plan and with tirelessness has helped right a (apparent) wrong from a year ago when it didn’t win. I really clench hand siphoned the air when Singer’s Marco Borraccino was approached stage to acknowledge this honor as I felt like my host group had quite recently scored the triumphant touchdown.

While I understand why it may have not won a year ago, I am happy that just a single year later it is getting some merited acknowledgment (and likewise Agenhor). Obviously, I picked this to win this year, so it gets a keep an eye on my rundown of predictions.

CEO Marco Borraccino acknowledges the Chronograph grant from jury individuals Dody Guissani and David Chang for the Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

IS: GPHG acknowledgment for the Singer Reimagined Track1 has just come a year past the point of no return as I would see it. Preferred late over never notwithstanding, and this Hong Kong version was an unmistakable champ for me as the best chronograph of 2018. I’m extremely satisfied to see that the jury agreed.

Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

ED: It genuinely was a magnificent inclination to see the AgenGraphe development at last win a much-merited honor at this competition, however I may have been unable to pick among this and the Fabergé Visionnaire form had they been in a similar class this year.

See the group’s guaging capacities in Our Predictions For Best Chronograph At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: Our Panel Is Not Unanimous But A Clear Favorite Emerges .

More perusing: Track 1 By Singer Reimagined Is The World’s Most Advanced ‘Level 6’ Chronograph: It Might Not Sound Like An Air-Cooled 911, But It Sure Laps Like One! (Refreshed)

Chronometry: De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon

GG: I was exceptionally satisfied to see De Bethune win in the classification I introduced in front of an audience, Chronometry. And I can advise you: that prize is weighty! I was attempting to stand as casually as conceivable with it in my hand as De Bethune CEO Pierre Jacques offered his comments, yet it appeared to get heavier and heavier as time passes, and I was simply too glad to even think about handing it throughout when the time came.

CEO Pierre Jacques acknowledges the Chronometry grant from jury individuals GaryG and Antoine Simonin for the De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon

ED: I would imagine that distributing the rate information for this watch was one of the keys to its accomplishment in this class. That and the totally excellence and resourcefulness it brings to the table!

IS: That’s a valid statement Elizabeth, in a classification zeroed in on exactness, De Bethune were the solitary brand to offer information feature exactly how exact their watch was.

JM: Very eager to see De Bethune win with the DB25 Starry Varius for different reasons. To begin with, a couple brief years prior this present brand’s future appeared to be in harm’s way, so to come back from the verge of death and win a chronometry prize at the GPHG shows that it hasn’t lost any mojo.

Second, De Bethune is one of my number one brands, so I will in every case totally love its watches, and this piece is no special case. At last, I was happy it won the Chronometry class as it was the solitary watch in the competition that openly expressed its exactness, which is kind of the purpose of this sort of competition. Chalk another up for my predictions!

The De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon on the wrist

IS: I believed that the solitary way the DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon would not take the Chronometry classification was in the event that it had won the Aiguille d’Or, which luckily for Bovet it didn’t exactly figure out how to do, yet I’m exceptionally satisfied to see De Bethune take this prize.

Find out how we did with our forecasts in Our Predictions In The Chronometry Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève: A Clear Favorite Emerges .

Mechanical Exception: Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie

JM: This was a major classification, and while I picked another piece I was not – in any event, briefly – astonished when the Grande Sonnerie from Greubel Forsey won. That is to say, it’s a totally new, remarkably designed grand sonnerie completed to the totally most elevated levels conceivable, for the good of darn! How should it not win? Indeed, it won. High five to everybody at Greubel Forsey for the success, they truly make some unbelievable watches.

Co-organizer Stephen Forsey acknowledges the Mechanical Exception grant from jury individuals Philippe Dufour and Sébastien Chaulmontet for the Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie

GG: Greubel Forsey’s mind blowing Grande Sonnerie may have been advanced when Bovet took the night’s top prize . . .

ED: . . . in any case, it might have recently won its class, Gary, which I sort of speculate it did. In any case: BRAVO!

GG: Both magnificent watches, and as astonishments go the possibility that the Greubel Forsey wouldn’t be the top watch in general this year would have been surprising to me when I saw the piece at SIHH in January!

Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie front and back

IS: I was so near picking the Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie as my victor of this class, yet felt it was pipped at the post. And I even expressed, “I’m as yet not sure that I settled on the correct choice.” Well the jury’s in and now I am sure that I settled on some unacceptable choice. Exercise learnt: never wager against Greubel Forsey. The Grand Sonnerie is both a hair-raising watch and a pivotal sonnerie, and I extol the jury’s selection.

See how everybody did with their expectations in Our Predictions In The Mechanical Exception Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève .

Sports: Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation

IS: While I didn’t pick the Seiko as the champ of the Sports classification, it was my number two choice so I wasn’t far-removed. I depicted my thinking similar to: “no aficionado of re-manifestations since they are re-manifestations, however the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-Creation is a magnificent watch in any case: 300-meter profundity opposition, fast equilibrium, and phenomenal clarity make this an incredible watch for its planned reason. Not much, it simply does the work impeccably, which procures it my number-two pick.”

Director of Seiko Watch Corporation Atsushi Kaneko acknowledges the Sports grant from jury individuals Gael Monfils and Carlos Alonso for the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation

JM: I got this classification wrong yet exclusively by picking the Seiko as number two and simply because I was intensely lobbying for the AgenGraphe-based Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Dynamique. And since the jury didn’t go for that part, the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation is the following sensible decision. It has all you require in a decent plunging watch, including the price.

And it has all the wistfulness you require without cheapening the ease of use of the piece. Basically an extraordinary watch! Additionally, when anything non-Swiss successes, it honors incredible watchmaking from around the world.

Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation

See how well the group made its expectations in Our Predictions In The Sports Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève: Our 6 Panelists Pick 5 Different Winners .

Further perusing: 5 Professional Diver’s Watches Surfacing At Baselworld 2018

Jewelry: Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle

JM: I picked this one as my champ since it was incredibly lovely and simultaneously held a piece of horological history by utilizing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101. Despite the fact that my adornments information is under standard, I truly felt like this piece had so much letting it all out that I was unable to say no. Turns out neither could the jury!

Van Cleef & Arpels global overseer of activities and métiers Eric de Rocquinay acknowledges the Jewelry grant from jury individuals Claude Sfeir and Jack Forster for the enchanting Secret de Coccinelle

ED: I was positively enchanted of the way that it is absolutely this development fueling the hands covered up under the beguiling ruby ladybug! And putting the wristband watch on additionally affirmed exactly how very much planned this piece is.

MG: The Jewelry class is consistently an exceptional one for me actually, and I am extremely glad to see Van Cleef & Arpels additionally win here. This watch truly pushes the limits as it particularly puts tasteful gemstone-set watches in an alternate spotlight.

Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle on the wrist

IS: The Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle was my number-three decision in the Jewelry class, yet that depended on photographs. In the wake of seeing the watch in the tissue, I surely knew why the jury succumbed to this great creation. And it’s important that this was one of two prizes for VC&A on the evening.

See what our group anticipated in Our Predictions In The Jewelry Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève: And Again With Diverse Viewpoints .

Artistic Crafts: Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir

GG: I thought that it was difficult to pick among the great passages in the Metiers d’Art and Jewelry classes, yet thought the inevitable victors were fine pieces – and MrsGaryG will unquestionably be implying around about an opportunity to obtain the equestrian-themed Hermés watch with its calfskin mosaic dial!

CEO of La Montre Hermès Laurent Dordet acknowledges the Artistic Crafts grant from jury individuals Rebecca Struthers and Vincent Perez for the fabulous Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir

IS: Yet again I was so close, yet no banana. The Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir was my number-two pick with its 2,200 miniscule cowhide settle making the theme propelled by the “Robe du Soir” silk scarf planned by Florence Manlik. The entire idea worked pleasantly for me, and as somebody with ponies at home the theme felt individual. I didn’t pick the Arceau Robe du Soir as my best option, yet stand completely behind the jury’s selection.

Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir (photograph politeness Hermès/Gilles Pernet)

JM: My last right expectation was the Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir, however this class genuinely might have gone various ways. Imaginative artworks are difficult to compare, particularly when the outcomes are however shocking as they seem to be. The Arceau Robe du Soir is an inconceivable presentation of the abilities required for craftsmanship and an ideal illustration of how to do workmanship well and still have a watch be useful. The competitors were all abstractly stunning in an unexpected way, yet I am unquestionably happy Hermès won.

See the group’s estimates in Our Predictions In The Artistic Crafts Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève And Our Panel Is Divided (Again!) .

Petite Aiguille: Habring2 Doppel-Felix

JM: This is a classification that I missed picking effectively, however not one that I would say went a surprising way. Habring2 has been a top pick in the GPHG in the past because of the amazing, legitimate watches it produces. Elaborately, the brand satisfies a wide area of authorities, and the costs don’t hurt all things considered. While I had an alternate top pick for this classification, I think a phenomenal watch won regardless!

Sealed with a kiss: Richard and Maria Habring acknowledge the 2018 Petite Aiguille prize for their Doppel-Felix

MG: I was particularly taken by the success for Habring2, which I think additionally puts forth a strong defense for a very good quality chronograph not really expecting to have a section wheel.

Habring2 Doppel-Felix on the wrist of Richard Habring

IS: The Habring² Doppel-Felix was an unmistakable victor for me in the Petite Aiguille class on the grounds that an in-house split-second chronograph of this quality at this cost from a huge brand would be an accomplishment. From a little autonomous it’s to be applauded.

See how we did speculating what direction the jury would go in Our Predictions In The Petite Aiguille Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève And Our Panel Is Split Between Two Favorites .

Challenge: Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 41

JM: I wasn’t sure about my picks in this classification, predominantly in light of the fact that the expense of the pieces was an extraordinary equalizer, so I went for complication and uniqueness. While that didn’t pay off, the best little autonomous brand wound up winning in any case on account of an incredible item from marvelous individuals. It is continually going to be hard to beat a Nomos in a class about an incentive for greatness.

Nomos Glashütte CEO Uwe Ahrendt acknowledges the honor for the Challenge prize for the Tangente Neomatik 41

ED: I love the expansion of the new Challenge class – however I don’t question that Nomos Glashütte would have won prizes in this competition well before the making of this new category.

Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 41 Update

IS: I wasn’t certain from the start if parting the sub-10,000 Swiss franc watches into two classifications was a smart thought, however given that by far most of wristwatches are probably going to be sold in these two value ranges it bodes well. While I picked the Tudor Black Bay as my champ, I’m extremely satisfied for Nomos Glashütte.

See how everybody did with their forecasts in Our Predictions In The Challenge Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève: No Clear Consensus And Quite A Few Surprises .

Aiguille d’Or: Bovet 1822 Récital 22 Grand Récital

JM: The Aiguille d’Or is in every case hard to foresee since it tends to be from the whole section field. This year was the same as no one even talked about the Bovet in our expectations, and yet I envision that many weren’t amazed by the success, either, given how unfathomably magnificent the Récital 22 Grand Récital is.

It isn’t a jump to figure the jury would concur enough to make it the champ, by the same token. I think decisions we made for our own Aiguille d’Or mirrors the horological values for every individual, and mine was unadulterated development. In any case, despite the fact that I zeroed in on that, when I heard Bovet called as the victor, I gestured and grinned since I realized it was a very meriting win for the brand.

Bovet proprietor Pascal Raffy acknowledges the Aiguille d’Or grant for the 1822 Récital 22 Grand Récital from last year’s champ, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele of Chopard

GG: Having had the chance to meet with Bovet boss Pascal Raffy recently and investigate the Bovet pieces in detail, I believe that the Aiguille d’Or given to Bovet was completely deserved.

Bovet 1822 Récital 22 Grand Récital

IS: While my first pick for the Aiguille d’Or was the DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon, which claimed the Chronometry reward, the Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital was on my waitlist and (as I would like to think) is a very merited winner.

See our expectations in Quill & Pad’s Predictions For The Aiguille d’Or Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, And We Have 4 Winners .

Revival Prize: Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942

IS: While I’m not sharp at all on fulfilling/urging brands to return to their pasts instead of plan ahead, in the event that it will be done, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 is an amazing choice.

Vacheron Constantin Style and Heritage Director Christian Selmoni acknowledges the Revival prize for the Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942

JM: As a jury-named and – chose classification, we can just utilize knowing the past to pass judgment on the outcome of this class. That being said, the decision of the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 was right on target as it might have been the best vintage styling of the multitude of pieces entered for the current year. It gazed directly out of history and, since that was the reason for the classification, it appears to be since it was almost a no-brainer.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942

GG: The “hors categorie” prizes allowed the jury to remunerate a few watches that dominated in explicit measurements however maybe weren’t adequately balanced (in any event in my view) to win in their individual classes: for me these remembered the Krayon for the Innovation classification, Konstantin Chaykin’s Clown for Audacity, and the Vacheron Constantin 1942 recovery watch.

Innovation Prize: Krayon Everywhere Horizon

JM: The Krayon is one of those watches that is too very much made in its astute designing and configuration, making it not entirely obvious on the off chance that you’re not zeroing in on it. So when it didn’t win its own class (Mechanical Exception), I was disillusioned no doubt, yet additionally somewhat understanding. That is the reason I was excited to see it win the Innovation Prize, which implies it was seen and examined finally, and some type of huge acknowledgment was resolved proper. Exceptionally happy to see it granted for its genius!

Rémi Maillat acknowledges the Innovation prize from jury individuals William Rohr and Elizabeth Doerr for the Krayon Everywhere Horizon

ED: This is an ideal class to remunerate perhaps the most brilliant watches of the last years!

Krayon Everywhere Horizon

IS: While I believed that the Krayon Everywhere merited acknowledgment, I didn’t anticipate that it should do any better compared to pre-determination in its class of Men’s Complications. Krayon being granted the prize for advancement appears to be an ideal recompense for this splendid concept.

Audacity Prize: Konstantin Chaykin Clown

JM: Konstantin Chaykin is an offered of a flippant soul, and that is one explanation I like him to such an extent. He finds no motivation to play things safe or blue pencil his objectives, desire, and – in the current year’s case – his humor. Giving him the Audacity prize feels like an ideal fit regardless of whether his watches missed the mark in the classes they were gone into. Chaykin is a genuine ability and a sparkle of life in the business, and having a prize like this fair fits.

Konstantin Chaykin acknowledges the Audacity prize for his Clown from jury individuals Marine Lemonnier and Abdul Hamied Seddiqi

IS: While we didn’t make any expectations for the Audacity prize as the honor is up to the jury’s attentiveness, I was unable to envision a more merited beneficiary than the Konstantin Chaykin Clown. Audacity that makes you grin is an amazing combination.

Konstantin Chaykin Clown

Further perusing: Why I Bought It: Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Special Jury Prize: Jean-Claude Biver

JM: What else would you be able to say about Biver that will have as much significance as the way that he was instrumental in making one brand something uncommon as well as utilizing a sharp feeling of advertising to construct numerous brands and brand gatherings. He changed the direction of watchmaking for years to come, and as he resigns it feels profoundly proper to respect the work he has accomplished for the business as a whole.

A delayed standing applause for Jean-Claude Biver at the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Jean-Claude Biver acknowledges the Special Jury Prize from jury president Aurel Bacs

IS: While there were numerous exceptionally mainstream winners on the evening, in many years of going to the GPHG I’ve never seen the crowd come to their aggregate feet and praise for such a long time and so wholeheartedly as it did when Jean-Claude Biver was reported as the beneficiary of the Special Jury Prize. And I need to concede that I put my camera down and joined them.

This was the good to beat all for what I consider the most attractive GPHG as far as winners that I’ve ever seen.

Young Student Award: Christopher Lanz

JM: It is consistently be acceptable to see the business featuring and regarding best in class watchmakers while still in school. It is astonishing to be seen by the business for the crude ability and difficult work you put into your investigations. Ideally this keeps on inspiring the youthful stars in watchmaking school to lay the preparation for the watchmakers of tomorrow.

Christopher Lanz acknowledges the Young Student Award from Georges Dubois

So, how could we do with our predictions?

Ian’s right predictions

Women: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

Women Complication: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium

Chronograph: Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

Chronometry: De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon

Dainty Aiguille: Habring2 Doppel-Felix

Ashton’s right predictions

Women: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

Women Complication: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium

Mechanical Exception: Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie

Unimposing Aiguille: Habring2 Doppel-Felix

Game: Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-Creation

Imaginative Crafts: Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir

Joshua’s right predictions

Women: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

Women Complication: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium

Men’s: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain

Chronograph: Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

Chronometry: De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon

Adornments: Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle

Imaginative Crafts: Hermès Arceau Robe du Soir

Martin’s right predictions

Women: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

Men’s: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain

Dainty Aiguille: Habring2 Doppel-Felix

Adornments: Van Cleef & Arpels Secret de Coccinelle

Ryan’s right predictions

Women: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton

Men’s: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain

Alex’s right predictions

Men’s: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain

Chronograph: Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

Chronometry: De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon