The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) aims, in a spirit of sharing and cooperation, to yearly highlight and reward high-quality creations in order to nurture the advancement of the watchmaking art and contribute to promoting the watch industry worldwide.
1.1. The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is open to all watch brands, irrespective of nationality.
1.2. Only watches commercialised after March 2013 and at the latest by November 30, 2014 - are eligible to take part.
1.3. To participate, brands must submit their entries by June 23, 2014 at the latest. Entry conditions and procedures are set out in detail in Appendix 1.
1.4. Brands may enter one or several watches in the competition (six at the most) representing a variety of models and entered in different categories. A single given model may be entered in only one category.
1.5. Brands are free to choose the category in which they enter each watch. Nonetheless, compliance of their entries with these rules is verified by one of the jury commissioners.
1.6. The twelve categories are as follows:
- Ladies': women's watches with no complications and comprising two at most of the following indications: date, power reserve, classic moon phase, second time zone; may be adorned with a maximum 5-carat gemsetting.
- Ladies' High-Mech: women's watches that are remarkable in terms of their mechanical creativity and complexity. These watches may feature all kinds of classic and/or innovative complications and indications and do not fit the definition of the Ladies' category.
- Men's: men's watches with no complications and comprising two at most of the following indications: date, power reserve, classic moon phase, second time zone; may be adorned with a maximum 5-carat gemsetting.
- Chronograph: mechanical watches comprising at least one chronograph indication. Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.
- Tourbillon: mechanical watches comprising at least one tourbillon. Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.
- Calendar: mechanical watches comprising at least one calendar and/or astronomical complication (e.g. annual calendar, perpetual calendar, equation of time, complex moon-phase display, etc.). Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.
- Striking: watches with at least one acoustic indication or complication, notably watches equipped with repeater, striking, musical or any other acoustic function. Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.
- Mechanical Exception: watches featuring a special mechanism, such as an innovative or sophisticated display, an automaton, a belt-driven movement or any other original and/or exceptional horological concept.
- "Petite Aiguille": watches with a retail price of under CHF 8,000.
- Sports: watches related to the world of sports.
- Jewellery: watches demonstrating exceptional mastery of the art of jewellery and gemsetting, and also distinguished by the choice of stones.
- Artistic Crafts: watches demonstrating exceptional mastery of one or several artistic techniques such as enamelling, lacquering, engraving, guilloché (engine-turning), skeleton-working, etc.
In the event where less than four watches were to be entered in one of the categories, the said category would be cancelled. The jury commissioner will replace the models entered in other categories that correspond to their characteristics, with the assent of the brands concerned.
1.7. Photos and descriptions of watch entries are presented at each stage on the official Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève website - www.gphg.org.
1.8. The 2014 list of prize-winners will be announced at the 14th prize-giving ceremony of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, which will take place at the Grand Théâtre de Genève on Friday October 31, 2014.
The jury of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève awards the following prizes:
2.1. "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix
- This prize rewards the best overall watch among all categories and is the most prestigious award.
2.2. Ladies' Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Ladies' category (cf. article 1.6).
2.3. Ladies' High-Mech Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Ladies' High-Mech category (cf. article 1.6).
2.4. Men's Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Men's category (cf. article 1.6).
2.5. Chronograph Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Chronograph category (cf. article 1.6).
2.6. Tourbillon Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Tourbillon category (cf. article 1.6).
2.7. Calendar Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Calendar category (cf. article 1.6).
2.8. Striking Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Striking category (cf. article 1.6).
2.9. Mechanical Exception Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Mechanical Exception category (cf. article 1.6)
2.10. "Petite Aiguille" Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the "Petite Aiguille" category (cf. article 1.6)
2.11. Sports Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Sports category (cf. article 1.6)
2.12. Jewellery Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Jewellery category (cf. article 1.6)
2.13. Artistic Crafts Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch competing in the Artistic Crafts category (cf. article 1.6)
2.14. Innovation Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch, presented in one of the twelve categories and featuring a remarkable technical innovation and/or an innovative design.
2.15. "Horological Revelation" Prize
- This prize rewards a watch, created by a young brand (less than five years of existence since its first model was commercialised) and entered in one of the twelve categories. It may also reward the mechanical creation of a young talent, in the event that none of the competing watches should be considered worthy of receiving this prize. This prize is optional and the jury will decide whether it should be awarded in 2014.
2.16. Revival Watch Prize
- This prize rewards the best watch presented in one of the twelve categories or chosen by the jury, which features a contemporary re-edition or reinterpretation of an iconic historical model.
2.17. Special Jury Prize
- This prize rewards a personality, institution or initiative that has played a fundamental role in promoting high-quality watchmaking. It cannot be awarded to a watch, nor to a brand as such.
The following prizes are also awarded at the GPHG prize-giving ceremony:
2.18. Public Prize
- This prize is awarded based on public votes as expressed during the international exhibitions preceding the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève ceremony or on the internet via the www.gphg.org website or its partner sites.
2.19. Prize for the Best Young Student at the Geneva Watchmaking School
- This prize is awarded to the best first-year student at the Geneva Watchmaking School. The winner receives a study scholarship granted by the Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild, principal sponsor of the GPHG.
3.1. An official, international, multidisciplinary jury is appointed each year by the Board of the Foundation of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, after consultation with various watch industry representatives.
3.2. The jury is composed of more than 20 representatives from the watch industry (experts, collectors, journalists, etc.). The list of the 2014 jury members is provided in Appendix II A.
3.3. The brand that wins the "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix is automatically ineligible for the competition the following year, and its founder or CEO is invited to sit on the jury for one year.
3.4. The president of the jury is appointed by the Board of the Foundation of the GPHG.
3.5. Jury members are duty bound to respect the rules and to maintain strict confidentiality, thus guaranteeing their independence. Failure to comply with this article will be penalised by immediate exclusion without appeal.
4. JURY COMMISSIONERS
4.1. The jury commissioners are personalities acknowledged for their professional expertise in watchmaking.
4.2. They are appointed by the Board of the Foundation of the GHPG, and serve as consultative role with the jury.
4.3. They ensure compliance with the rules and that competing watches meet admission criteria.
4.4. They have no voting rights.
4.5. The names of the commissioners appointed for the current year are published in Appendix II B.
5. VOTING PROCEDURE
First round :
5.1. In the first round of voting, by secret ballot, jury members select six watches per category and classify them according to their personal order of preference. The first watch gets six points, the second five points, and so on through to the sixth, which gets one point. The votes are counted under the supervision of a notary.
5.2. The first round of voting serves to select six watches in each of the twelve categories. These are the pre-selected watches. The pre-selected watches take part in the rest of the competition and in the various exhibitions.
5.3. Jury members, assisted by the notary, meet behind closed doors in Geneva during the exhibition of the pre-selected watches, in order to physically evaluate each of the pre-selected models and to proceed to the second ballot.
5.4. The second round of voting is another secret ballot in which jury members classify each of the six watches pre-selected in the first round in each of the twelve categories, and award them marks from one to six. The first watch gets six points, the second five points, and so on through to the sixth, which gets one point. The votes are counted by a notary. This second selection serves to designate the winning watches in each of the twelve categories.
5.5. In the event of a draw, a simple majority secret ballot among jury members serves to decide between the competing watches. In the event of another draw, the Jury President's vote counts double.
5.6. A brand may only win one prize. If two or more watches by the same brand win a prize, the one with the highest number of points wins the prize in its category. The others are replaced by the watches ranked second in their category (or if necessary those in third place, etc.). The Revival Prize, the Innovation Prize and the Public Prize are however not affected by this point.
5.7. The jury casts a separate vote for the "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix. Following discussion, the jury members jointly define the three to five watches they consider most deserving of this prize. The ensuing vote is cast by secret ballot. The watch that wins the "Aiguille d'Or" prize is thus automatically excluded from the category in which it was entered.
5.8. The jury casts a separate vote for the "Horological Revelation" Prize. Following discussion, they determine whether one or several watches deserve to receive this prize. If several watches are involved, the ensuing vote is cast by secret ballot. The winning watch will need to have earned a majority of the jury votes. The watch having won this prize is automatically excluded from the category in which it was entered. If none of the watches in competition are singled out, the jury may choose to award this prize to a young talent for a particular achievement. The prize is optional, and the jury will decide whether it is awarded in 2014.
5.9. The jury also votes for the Special Jury Prize, the Revival Prize and the Innovation Prize during the meeting mentioned under point 5.3. Following discussion, the members of the jury agree on three names proposed for the prize. The ensuing vote is cast by secret ballot.
5.10. The names of the winners are revealed in the Grand Théâtre de Genève during the prize-giving ceremony (see date in Appendix III).
6. TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
6.1. The watches pre-selected in accordance with Article 5.2 are displayed during an international travelling exhibition during the two months prior to the prize-giving ceremony. The finalist watches in each of the categories, as well as the winners in the "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix, the Horological Revelation Prize, the Revival Prize, the Innovation Prize and the Public Prize will also be displayed as part of a special exhibition that will take place after the prize-giving ceremony.
6.2. The watches pre-selected by the jury must be available for these exhibitions.
6.3. The organising body of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève covers all exhibition expenses (insurance, security, presentation). Brands will only be asked to make a single flat-rate contribution to organisation and shipping expenses to the amount of CHF 5,000 per watch.
7. DONATING WINNING WATCHES
7.1. Prize-winning brands are invited (but are under no obligation) to donate one of each prize-winning watch to the Geneva Art and History Museum, which will devote a showcase to the history of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.
8. REFERENCES TO THE GENEVA WATCHMAKING GRAND PRIX
8.1. The "Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève" brand name and logo are the property of the Foundation of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.
8.2. Prize-winners are entitled to use this brand name and logo, provided they ensure strict compliance with the following restrictive conditions:
- The brand name and logo must only appear in association with the watch that won the prize and in a well-defined medium or context (whatever the nature or form of the latter), to the exclusion of any other watch in the same medium or within the same context.
- The category and year in which the prize was won must be specifically mentioned directly below the brand name or logo.
8.3. Prize-winners wishing to use this brand name or logo in any other manner must request prior approval from the Foundation, which may refuse such permission without indicating the grounds for such a refusal.
9. ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES
9.1 Participation in the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève automatically implies acceptance of all articles contained in these rules.
Entry conditions and procedures
1.1. Only watches respecting the criteria of the point 1.2 of the 2014 rules are eligible to participate.
1.2. To take part, brands must send their entries by June 23, 2014 at the latest to the following address:
- The Fondation of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève
Rue de la Mairie 3, CH-1207 Geneva.
1.3. Entries must include the following elements (paper and digital format):
- Photos of each watch (minimum 300 dpi, JPEG format, RGB colour).
- A written description of each watch, in both French and English (Word or PDF).
- A duly completed entry form (to be downloaded from www.gphg.org , in " Entries", printed and signed), specifying the category in which each watch is competing (please note that a given watch may not compete in several categories)
- "GPHG candidacy" EXCEL file duly completed (to be downloaded from www.gphg.org / " Entries", and returned with the other digital elements).
- Brand logo (EPS and AI).
For any further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.4. Registration costs CHF 500 per candidate watch. This sum is intended to cover administrative expenses relating to the entry. These costs will be invoiced upon receipt of the entry and must be settled within 30 days.
A. Composition of the 2014 official jury
For the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, the jury is composed as follows:
Aurel Bacs, watchmaking and vintage watches expert / Switzerland
Carlos Alonso, publisher and editor-in-chief of Tiempo de Relojes and director of the Salon Internacional Alta Relojeria / Mexico
Jean-Philippe Arm, editor-in-chief of Watch Around / Switzerland
René Beyer, co-owner and CEO of Beyer Chronometrie AG and of the Watch and Clock Museum in Zurich / Switzerland
Benjamin Clymer, founder and editor-in-chief of Hodinkee / USA
Zhixiang Ding, publisher and editor-in-chief of Chronos China / China
Elizabeth Doerr, freelance specialised watch journalist / Germany
Philippe Dufour, watchmaker / Switzerland
Moritz Elsaesser, watchmaker CW 21, president and owner of Mainly Watches, collector / USA
Dominique Fléchon, historian and expert with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie / Switzerland-France
Nick Foulkes, historian, author, contributor to the Financial Times / United Kingdom
John Goldberger, watch collector, author and publisher of books on vintage watches / Italy
Nazanin Lankarani, independent art writer, contributor to the International Herald Tribune and New York Times / France-Iran
Sean Li, watch collector, editor in chief of Revolution Hong Kong and editorial director of watches of Tatler Asia / China
Takeshi Matsuyama, author, history of watch, contributor to the Men's EX /Japan
John Mayer, musician, singer, producer and collector / USA
Paola Pujia, editor-in-chief of Orologi-Le Misure del Tempo / Italy
William Rohr, collector, managing director TimeZone.com, watch expert at Bonhams Auctioneers /Unites States
Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, vice-president of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons / Dubai
Claude Sfeir, collector, gemologist, jeweler / Lebanon
Antoine Simonin, watchmaker, teacher, former director of Wostep / Switzerland
Michael Tay, Executive director of The Hour Glass Limited / Singapore
Patrick Wehrli, expert, Passion for Watchmaking / Switzerland
Jean-Michel Wilmotte, architect, town-planner, designer / France
Stefano Macaluso Product development Director of Girard-Perregaux, brand laureate of the 2013 "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix, out of competition in 2014. By way of a reminder: the brand that wins the "Aiguille d'Or" Grand Prix is automatically ineligible for the competition the following year, and its founder or CEO is invited to sit on the jury for one year.
B. Jury Commissioners
For the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, the commissioners of the jury are:
- Patrick König, CEO, Embassy Jewel AG, Lucerne
- Ludwig Oeschlin, watch expert and former curator, MIH, Musée International d'Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds
The prize-giving ceremony for the 2014 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève will take place at the Grand Théâtre de Genève on Friday October 31, 2014.