A quick look at splendid wristwatches from the 2016 GPHG prize list

Some people are interested in who was honored as the Latin Recording Academy’s person of the year, some are eager to know the divorce secret between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. For watch aficionados, the GPHG, which was jointly hosted by Frederic beigbeder and Gaspard proust last week is their foremost concern.

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The watch brands which are awarded at the 2016 GPHG are:

Ferdinand Berthoud, Piaget,  Girard-Perregaux,  Grönefeld, Montblanc,  Girard-Perregaux, MB&F, Fabergé, Audemars Piguet, Tudor, Eberhard & Co,  Chanel, TAG Heuer, Czapek Genève.

Let us pop over to those timepieces that convened excellence, creativity and passion at the ceremony by my opinion.

Ladies’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet

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Rose gold limelight gala Milanese watch

32 mm. 18K rose gold case set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds. Milanese bracelet in 18K rose gold. Buckle set with a brilliant-cut diamond. Piaget 690P quartz movement. This is a timepiece that becomes a jewel. It reflects the distinctive style-singular and timeless and is dedicated to women who epitomize everyday glamour.

Ladies’ High-Mech Prize: Girard-Perregaux, Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge

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In the Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon, haute horlogerie meets haute joaillerie. With a feminine oval case, made of white gold and measuring 37.30 x 32.30 mm, the Cat’s Eye Tourbillon is decorated with 308 beautifully set diamonds from the bezel to the lugs and on the crown. This technique involves setting various size stones (over 1,000 of them) side-by-side to create the snow-like effect.

Tourbillon Watch Prize: Girard-Perregaux, La Esmeralda Tourbillon

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A case construction inspired by the Esmeralda pocket watch. Pink gold case that measures 44mm with sapphire crystal case-back. Since 1860, Constant Girard worked on the movement architecture in addition to technical and finishes details. It takes as long as one month for a watchmaker to produce a single Automatic movement. The watch is given a total power reserve of 60 hours.

Calendar Watch Prize: MB&F, Legacy Machine Perpetual

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The perpetual calendar is considered as one of the most complex traditonal watchmaking complications, featuring a visually stunning in-house movement, dial-side complication and mechanical processor system architecture with inbuilt safety mechanism. This timepiece provides a power reserve of 72 hours, 581 components and 41 jewels.

Travel Time Watch Prize: Fabergé, Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ

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The Faberge Visionnaire DTZ applies numerals and hour indicators and automatic movement with a GMT complication, encased in a 43mm 18 karat rose gold and titanium case, with alligator strap. This model adopts a logical and intuitive method of displaying two timezones, perfectly suited to the lifestyle of those who hope to track time in second and distance location. The high function of timer is made of 30 jewels and 320 components. It can be said to be a state of the art.

Jewellery Watch Prize: Chanel, Secret Watch “Signature Grenat”

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A precious watch dial that conceives timeless and infinitely feminine, expresses the quintessence of endless creativity ad rare jewellery know-how. The masterpiece invokes the original inspiration for CHANEL Jewellery: the simplicity of the camellia and the lightness of the feather.

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Piaget, Protocole XXL “Secrets & Lights” Venice Micro-Mosaic

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The Protocole XXL in 18ct white gold is decorated in micromosaic by artist, Cesare Bella. The level of craftsmanship is astounding, and the imaginative use of materials excites the senses. The astounding wristwatch is dedicated to women and entirely designed and developed with Grey gold case, leather strap, folding buckle, manual-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 60 hours.

The highest art is no impossible, from the above seven watches we see no more than a timepiece for daily life, but precious jewels, beautiful landscape. It seems that what you have imagined in your mind, a wristwatch can create.

 

 

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