Here are the luxury watches that have won top watch awards at the Oscars

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Several big names in luxury watchmaking have won top honors at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.



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The luxury watch industry last week held its Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in Switzerland, the industry’s biggest event, equal, yes, to the Cinema Oscars.

Big brands and lesser-known niche luxury models competed for prizes geared to the interests of collectors. The emphasis was on the best timepieces as well as the best complications and innovations.

Courtesy of Bulgari

The big winner, according to Robb Report, was Bulgari. The Italian luxury house won first prize, l’Aiguille d’Or, for its Octo Finissimo.

Here’s more information on the Robb winner:

As for the world’s thinnest perpetual calendar, its case is only 5.8 mm thick and represents one of Bulgari’s seven micro-watch world records.

The movement, the BVL 305 caliber, is only 2.75mm thick, and the extremely light titanium only adds to the feeling of weightlessness. “This is the first time that a brand of Italian origin has won a GPHG,” said Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, accepting the award. “He is an example of Italian genius and obsession with detail.”

Other winners include Zenith. Its Chronomaster Sport won the award for best chronograph thanks to its extremely well-designed automatic movement, inspired by the watchmaker’s vintage El Primero, a bestseller of the 1960s.

Courtesy of Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko was a more familiar name that left the competition covered in glory. The Japanese watchmaker’s luxury line won the award for best men’s watch with the Hi-Beat 36000 80-hour caliber 9SA5, which displays “an accuracy of + 5 / -3 seconds per day” and “a reserve of 80 hour walk “.

The textured dial is inspired by the white birch forests that grow in northern Japan, as seen near the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi where all Grand Seiko mechanical watches are made.

It is an impressive and beautiful watch, like most of the others. According to the Robb Report, check out the full list of winners, including the watches we’ve already mentioned, below:

  • Grand Prix of the Aiguille d’Or: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo
  • Women’s watch price: Piaget, Limelight Precious Rainbow Gala
  • Price of the complication watch for women: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Féerie watch
  • Men’s Watch Price: Grand Seiko, Caliber Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours 9SA5
  • Price of the men’s complication watch: MB&F, LMX Titanium
  • Iconic Watch Award: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” extra-thin
  • Tourbillon Watch Price: De Bethune, DB Sorte de Deux Tourbillon
  • Calendar and Astronomy Watch prices: Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
  • Price of the exceptional mechanical watch: Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
  • Chronograph watch price: Zenith, Chronomaster Sport
  • Price of the diving watch: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue
  • Jewelery watch price: Chopard, Flower Power
  • Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet Around the world in eighty days’
  • Petite Aiguille price: Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic
  • Challenge Watch Prize: CIGA Design, Blue Planet
  • Innovation Award: Bernhard Lederer, Chronomètre Central Impulse
  • Audacity Award: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem
  • Watchmaking Revelation Prize: Furlan Marri, M. Gris Ref. 1041-A
  • Special Jury Prize: Dubai Watch Week

Tags: Audemars Piguet Bulgari gear Grand Seiko luxury MB&F Piaget Tudor Style Zenith Watches

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