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GPHG 2019 - 196 watches in contention

GPHG 2019 196 watches in contention

On Friday 12 July the names of the 109 brands competing for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève were unveiled.

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Raymond Loretan, the successor to Carlo Lamprecht, made an impressive start to his tenure as head of the Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Since the new president’s arrival last year, a number of new categories have been introduced: the Challenge category, open to watches under 4,000 Swiss francs; Diver’s; and Iconic, for “men’s or women’s watches from an iconic collection that has made a lasting impression on the history of the watch market for over 25 years”. The Calendar and Astronomy category makes a comeback this year, as does the Horological Revelation prize, created to reward the talents of a promising young brand.

196 watches in contention

Raymond Loretan and Carlo Lamprecht © GPHG


Bovet 1822, winner of the Aiguille d’Or in 2018 for the Récital 22 Grand Récital, is not allowed to take part in the 2019 edition, but the company’s owner, Pascal Raffy, will be on the jury. Once again, there was no shortage of watch brands who responded to the call to enter one or more of their models for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The 109 brands in contention include both old stalwarts who wouldn’t miss it for the world, and other independent or less well-known brands dipping their toes in the water for the first time.

The 196 watches competing for the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève were unveiled on the GPHG’s official website on 12 July. Entry levels were higher than last year – just – with 196 entries compared with 195!


196 watches in contention

Three watches in competition in the Diver's category © Longines / Ulysse Nardin / Seiko


For the first round, the jury will select just six watches in each of the 14 categories, producing a shortlist of 84 entries. In the most popular categories, such as Men’s Complication (23 watches), Challenge (22 watches), Ladies’ (19 watches), Men’s (19 watches) and Mechanical Exception (17 watches), competition for a place in the second round is fierce, given that only between a quarter and a third will remain in the running for a prize. For its big début, the Diver’s category has 13 participants, while the Iconic category has 10. The Calendar and Astronomy category is making a convincing return to the GPHG, with 11 watches entered. 

196 watches in contention

Three watches in competition in the Iconic category © Chopard / TAG Heuer / Zenith



The winners selected after the second round of voting will be announced at the 19th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève awards ceremony, which takes place on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the Théâtre du Léman.

The 109 participating brands

Alchemists Mechanical Healing, Alpina, Andersen Genève, Anonimo, Antoine Preziuso Genève, Armin Strom, ArtyA, Audemars Piguet, Avantist, Beauregard, Bereve Timepieces, Bijoumontre, Bomberg, Bulgari, Chanel, Chaumet, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Christopher Ward, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, Ciga Design, Citizen, Claude Meylan, Code 41, Cyrus, Czapek, David Rutten Meteorite Watches, D. Candaux, De Bethune, de Grisogono, Delma, De Tournemire, DeWitt, Doxa, Emmanuel Bouchet, Frédérique Constant, Genus, Girard-Perregaux, Gorilla Watches, Grand Seiko, Greco-Genève, Grönefeld, Gucci, Habring2, Hamilton, Hautlence, Hegid, Hermès, Horage, Hublot, HYT, Ice-Watch, Itay Noy, IWC Schaffhausen, Jacob & Co., Konstantin Chaykin, Kudoke, Laurent Ferrier, Lederer Watches, Le Rhöne, Longines, Longio, Louis Moinet, Louis Vuitton, Ludӗk Seryn, Marnaut, Maurice de Mauriac, Maurice Lacroix, Mauron Musy, MB&F, Meccaniche Veloci, Memorigin Watch Company Limited, Ming, Monta, Montres KF, Moonyang, Moritz Grossmann, Parmigiani Fleurier, Patria, Phenomen, Pilo & Co. Genève, Rado, Rebellion, Reservoir, Ressence, RGM Watch Company, RJ, Robert & Fils 1630, Sarpaneva, Schwarz Etienne, Seiko, Speake-Marin, TAG Heuer, Tintin, Tockr, Trilobe, Tsu's, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Urban Jürgensen, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Valpin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Van't Hoff, Veni Vidi Vici, Voutilainen, WATCHe, Zenith.

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