On September 1, 2017, the official website of GPHG (Geneva Haute Horlogerie) announced the list of 72 timepieces that had passed pre-selection. An international jury composed of 28 industry experts (note: watch expert and former curator of the International Clock and Watch Museum of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Ludwig Okering as a consultant, not participating in the vote) selected 72 of the 181 participating timepieces (12 categories, 6 in each category), entered the final stage, and won the highest honor in the watchmaking industry-the Aiguille d’Or. Unfortunately, those who participated in the selection of the ‘best tourbillon watch’ Beijing Qianfeng series BG080102 watch failed to go further.
From October 2nd to 4th, 72 pre-selected timepieces will make their debut at Palazzo Cleridge Palace in Milan. Since then, these watches will fly to Mexico City, Taipei, Geneva, and Dubai for global tours. GPHG is known as the ‘Oscar’ of the watch industry. Since its establishment in 2001, it has been the 17th session. On November 8, local time, the 2017 GPHG Awards Ceremony will be held at the Léman Theatre in Geneva.
List of 72 finalist watches (12 categories, 6 in each category)
Best Men’s Watch (Men’s)
Best Tourbillon & Escapment
Best Perpetual Calendar (Calendar)
Best Travel Time
The best mechanical innovation table (Mechanical Exception)?
Small Pointer Award (Petite Aiguille)
Best Sports Watch (Sports)?
The best craft table (Artistic Crafts)?