GPHG 2017: Preselected Audemars Piguet High-End Watches
The 2017 edition of the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve) is just around the corner, with its unique selection of the best high-end watches introduced this year. The Prize-Giving ceremony of the so-called Oscars of the Watchmaking Industry will be held in Geneva next month, on November 8. However, the list of finalists is already known and includes both well-known luxury watch brands, like Chopard and Vacheron Constantin, and lesser-known brands, like D.Candaux and Konstantin Chaykin. Among such a variety of the world’s best watchmakers, Audemars Piguet is the only one competing in five different categories at once, with five stunning high-end watches released this year. Here they are!
1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Ref. 15454OR.GG.1259OR
Created in collaboration with the renowned jewelry designer Carolina Bucci to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the women’s Royal Oak, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted is distinguished by its shimmering 18k rose gold case and bracelet, made with the use of the ancient Florentine gold hammering technique. This beautiful timepiece with an unusual “diamond dust” sparkle is competing in the Ladies’ category.
2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Ref. 26407TI.GG.A002CA.01
This piece of Audemars Piguet high-end watches represents the latest generation of the Royal Oak Offshore open-worked tourbillon chronographs. It comes in a sandblasted titanium case complemented by a sapphire skeleton dial with a black inner bezel. The new Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Chronograph powered by a hand-winding movement is competing in the GPHG Tourbillon and Escapement category.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ref. 26579CE.OO.1225CE.01
Inspired by astronomy and naturally occurring cycles, the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is a tribute to the original Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar wristwatch introduced in 1955. Made of hand-finished black ceramic, it features an iconic slate gray “Grande Tapisserie” dial that, in addition to the more common day, date, and month, also shows leap year, week of the year, and astronomical moon. This watch is competing in the Calendar category.
4. Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Ref. 26590PT.OO.D028CR.01
The Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie is exceptional not only because it is equipped with a groundbreaking striking complication producing unprecedented clarity and harmonics, but also because it features a unique smoked blue enamel dial made by a talented artisan. Besides, this piece of Audemars Piguet high-end watches is enclosed in a platinum case. It is competing in the GPHG Mechanical Exception category.
5. Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie Diamond Outrage Ref. 67700BC.ZZ.9190BC.01
The most eye-catching Audemars Piguet on this list is the Haute Joaillerie Diamond Outrage that is competing in the Jewellery category. This stunning luxury watch represents a one-off sculptural 18k white gold cuff wristwatch entirely set with thousands of brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds, using the snow setting and invisible setting techniques.
All five Audemars Piguet high-end watches are definitely worthy to be among the finalists for the prestigious GPHG prize. We are looking forward to seeing the results in November!