GPHG 2017: Best Watches for Men and Women Announced

The 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve revealed this year’s best watches for men and women out of a total of 72 competing timepieces. Plus, a Special Jury Prize was given to Suzanne Rohr, an 80-year-old master enameller, and her apprentice Anita Porchet. The memorable ceremony took place on November 8 in Geneva. Let’s congratulate the winners!

Best Ladies’ Watch – Premiere Camelia Skeleton by Chanel

This beautiful timepiece with a skeleton mechanical movement was chosen the best among all ladies luxury watches released this year.

Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton Ref. H5251

Best Men’s Watch – Octo Finissimo Automatic by Bvlgari

The 2017 Men’s Watch Prize was won by Bvlgari for the Octo Finissimo Automatic that is only 5.15mm thick.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Ref. 102713

Best Ladies’ High-Mech Watch – Lady Arpels Papillon Automate by Van Cleef & Arpels

Combining poetic complications with the finest watchmaking, the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate is a deserving winner in the Ladies’ High-Mech category.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate Ref. VCARO8PN00

Best Tourbillon and Escapement Watch – Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton by Bvlgari

The prestigious Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize also went to Bvlgari, this time for the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton Ref. 102719

Best Mechanical Exception Watch – Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 by Vacheron Constantin

With a prize in the Mechanical Exception category, this Vacheron Constantin’s creation is rightfully one of the best watches for men this year.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 Ref. 9720C/000G-B281

Best Calendar Watch – QP a Equation by Greubel Forsey

Greubel Forsey snared the Calendar Watch Prize for the QP a Equation luxury watch equipped with perpetual calendar and equation of time complications.

Greubel Forsey QP a Equation Ref. P556

Best Chronograph Watch – Tonda Chronor Anniversaire by Parmigiani Fleurier

This year’s winner in the Chronograph Watch category is the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire distinguished by its innovative movement with an integrated chronograph.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire Ref. PFH282-1002500-HA1441

Best Sports Watch – Marine Regatta by Ulysse Nardin

The Marine Regatta by Ulysse Nardin was awarded the Sports Watch Prize, which makes it one more worthy example of the best watches for men introduced this year.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Ref. 1553-155-3/43

Best Travel Time Watch – Toric Hemispheres Retrograde by Parmigiani Fleurier

There were many outstanding luxury watches in the Travel Time category. However, the winner is always only one, and this year, it is the Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemispheres Retrograde.

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde Ref. PFC493-1002400-HA1442

Best Artistic Crafts Watch – Aki-No-Kure by Voutilainen

The prize for the best Artistic Crafts was won by Voutilainen for the Aki-No-Kure model that perfectly combines fine watchmaking with Japanese techniques of lacquering.

Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure Ref. Vingt-8

Best Jewellery Watch – Lotus Blanc Watch by Chopard

The Chopard Lotus Blanc Watch is definitely one of the best jewelry watches ever. It is no wonder that it was awarded the Jewellery Watch Prize.

Chopard Lotus Blanc Watch Ref. 104420-9001

“Petite Aiguille” – Black Bay Chrono by Tudor

The “Petite Aiguille” Prize went to the Tudor Black Bay Chrono inspired by the company’s vintage dive watches from the 1950s – 1970s.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Ref. 79350

“Aiguille D’or” Grand Prix – L.U.C. Full Strike by Chopard

The most prestigious prize was won by the L.U.C. Full Strike by Chopard, which makes it a clear winner of the 2017 GPHG.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Ref. 161947-5001

Finally, two more prizes were given at the GPHG ceremony: the Innovation Prize was won by the Defy Lab by Zenith, while the Revival Watch Prize went to Longines for the Avigation BigEye inspired by the pilot’s model from the 1930s. Each of them is another worthy example of the best watches for men released this year.