Our Top Picks from the Competing GPHG Watches
November will be a jam-pressed month for the watch business. Notwithstanding the Only Watch good cause occasion and Geneva barters from driving houses like Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s, November will also see the 2017 version of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). Viewed as the Oscars of the world watch, it’s a ultra glamorous time for driving watch brands to praise a job done the right way. Alongside the pined for top prize of the night, the Aiguille d’Or, there are also 12 different classifications. These reach from women’s watches to men’s game watches to creative specialties and others. Here are our #1 candidates from the not insignificant rundown of 2017 GPGH watches.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moonphase
GPHG Watch Category: Men’s
As far as lopsided dials go, nobody shows improvement over German watchmaker, A. Lange & Söhne.
The Lange 1 watch is quickly conspicuous gratitude to its outsize date sign, helter-skelter hour and moment subdial, little seconds subdial, and power-hold marker. In 2002, the main Lange 1 Moonphase made its introduction. Quick forward to the present time, A. Lange & Söhne has invigorated the 2017 Lange 1 Moonphase watch. Notwithstanding the new type L 121.3, the Lange 1 Moonphase also incorporates a day/night marker alongside the periods of the moon show. Basically, the background to the moon either shows brilliant blue for day or dull blue for night. Precisely amazing yet perfectly easy to use for the wearer!
The A. Lange & Söhne is a watch is an astonishing watch for its capabilities. (Credit: gphg.org)
The new brilliant system is housed in a 38.5mm round case made in either white gold, pink gold, or platinum.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
GPHG Watch Category: Calendar
As one of the enormous features of SIHH recently, it comes as nothing unexpected that the not at all like different watches from the AP assortment the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in dark earthenware is a candidate at the 2017 GPGH awards.
Given the never-ending schedule is a mark watch complication of Audemars Piguet, it’s just normal for the Swiss watchmaker to match it with their notable Royal Oak watch. Furthermore, the current year’s emphasis of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is especially exceptional. This is the first run through Audemars Piguet discloses a full dark artistic watch. From its 41mm case to its celebrated coordinated wristband, the innovative material suits the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar perfectly.
AP has consistently produced top notch timepieces. (Credit: gphg.org)
Not just is dark fired stupendous to look at, particularly in Royal Oak structure, it’s also profoundly impervious to scratching and blurring, thusly, making this a particularly robust extravagance sports watch.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
GPHG Watch Category: Men’s
Emphasizing its situation as a genuine watchmaker, Bulgari set a third world record this year with the ultra thin Octo Finissimo Automatic watch. The current record holder for the slimmest automatic watch, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo estimates a simple 5.15mm thick!
Powering this super meager Bulgari watch is the in-house BVL 138 automatic development, which even flaunts 60 hours of force save. Encasing the 2.23mm Bulgari type is a titanium 40mm case donning an unmistakable faceted shape.
Bulgari set a third world record this year. (Credit: gphg.org)
Thoroughly current looking and precisely prevalent, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo merits its spot on the GPHG watches shortlist.
TAG Heuer Autavia 42
GPHG Watch Category: Chronograph
For 2017, TAG Heuer restored the incredible Autavia watch, initially planned by Jack Heuer in 1962. The restoration of the contemporary Autavia 42 was the aftereffect of the “Autavia Cup” online competition. With 16 vintage Heuer models set in opposition to one another, web clients overpowering casted a ballot to bring back the Autavia “Rindt.” This may not be in the new Kingsman Movie , yet it is still absolutely good for any Heuer fan.
While it’s a reasonable accolade for vintage Heuer chronographs, the Autavia 42 is a contemporary watch. From its generous 42mm treated steel case to its automatic Heuer-02 development to its patched up bezel to the incorporation of the date window, the 1960’s Autavia is presently prepared for the present tastes.
While this Heuer may not be included in the Kingsman film, it is as yet an astonishing timepiece. (Credit: gphg.org)
Equipped with present day common sense, the vintage-enlivened Autavia 42 is a strong competitor for a 2017 GPHG watch award.
Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Square
GPHG Watch Category: Men’s
Perhaps the most relaxed accommodation to the GPHG grants is Tiffany & Co’s. Tiffany Square watch. Not calm in view of its engaging looks, however more so on the grounds that Tiffany & Co. hasn’t formally declared this model yet.
While the Tiffany Square watch is pristine, its exemplary Art Deco style hails from another period. It’s a commemorative watch to pay tribute to the company’s 180th year commemoration. The 29mm yellow gold square thin case contains a hand-wound development. Indeed, this is Tiffany & Co’s. first in-house made watch with a manual development. On the white satiné dial sits the 1920s style numerals, church focus hands, and a little seconds indicator.
Tiffany & Co came out with their own watch and it is making waves. (Credit: gphg.org)
With looks like these, when Tiffany & Co. authoritatively makes a big appearance the 180 Tiffany Square pieces, they will not remain on the racks for very long.
Tudor Black Bay Chrono
GPHG Watch Category: Petite Aiguille
Tudor won the Petite Aiguille prize a year ago and is situating itself to win it again this year. Just watches that convey a retail cost of not exactly CHF 8,000 ($ 8,265) can compete for the Petite Aiguille prize.
Tudor’s accommodation this year is the Black Bay Chrono—the watchmaker’s first chronograph controlled by the Manufacture Caliber MT5813. Tudor has been upfront in reporting that the Caliber MT5813 was conceived from a coordinated effort with Breitling and depends on the Breitling B01 type. There are however, a lot of Tudor improvements to the development too, for example, a swaying weight, embellishing completions, and directing organs.
The Black Bay Chrono takes components from Tudor’s acclaimed jumper watches—like the snowflake hands—and combines them with a chronograph. The matte dark dial is encased inside a 41mm steel case. The case is additionally furnished with a tachymetric engraved bezel and a couple of chrono pushers flanking the crown.
Tudor has delivered a dark watch, ideal for the racer. (Credit: gphg.org)
While Rolex doesn’t compete in the GPHG grants, will its kin company, Tudor bring home a few honors this year? We think so.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu
GPHG Watch Category: Tourbillon and Escapement
The most striking Ulysse Nardin watches will in general be those that follow the celebrated marine deck chronometers made by the company’s organizer during the 1800s. Furthermore, this new Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu is no exception.
The 43mm hardened steel case is home to a Grand Feu white veneer dial with curiously large Roman numerals and a tourbillon confine. Excellent Feu, French for “Large Fire,” is a plating method that traces all the way back to the seventeenth century and is as of now done in-house at Ulysse Nardin. Also inside the ateliers of Ulysse Nardin are the expert watchmakers building manufacture watch developments. Their manifestations incorporate the new automatic UN-128 Caliber controlling this Marine Tourbillon.
The name for the watch is Grand Feu, which means Giant Fire. (Credit: gphg.org)
Although it comes with a sticker price of CHF 28,000 ($28,935), considering all the Marine Tourbillon has to bring to the table and the family of Ulysse Nardin, this GPHG watch candidate is a strong worth proposition.
Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
GPHG Watch Category: Mechanical Exception
Vacheron Constantin stood out as truly newsworthy recently when they produced the company’s most complicated wristwatch to date. The Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication is haute horology paradise with a huge number of high-complication offerings.
Boasting an unfathomable 23 complications housed inside its 45mm white gold round case, the Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication is a watch focused on astronomy. With capacities like divine diagrams, dusk/dawn times, zodiac signs, Mareoscope (sun, moon, tides), solstices and equinoxes, the new ultra complex Vacheron Constantin is something to really remember. It is also a special piece that was at that point sold at SIHH 2017 for an undisclosed price.
The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 sure has a complex face. (Credit: gphg.org)
Although Vacheron Constantin’s super complication is as of now in the possession of its new proprietor, it’s still particularly in the running for a GPHG award.
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
GPHG Watch Category: Sport
Hands down the most well known chronograph development in horological history is the El Primero by Zenith . Indeed, it was the base for the Rolex Daytona development for quite a long time. During the current year, Zenith reevaluated their incredible El Primero chronograph with a few new models including this Chronomaster El Primero.
Available with either a dark dial or a white Panda one, the new Chronomaster El Primero sports an advanced 42mm case created in lightweight aluminum and covered in intense clay. Beating at the center of the Zenith chronograph is the Caliber 400B automatic section wheel development at 36,000 bph (5 Hz).
The new Chronomaster El Primero has a 42mm case. (Credit: gphg.org)
Completing the lively look of the Chronomaster El Primero is the dark punctured elastic strap.
Despite the current challenges confronting the Swiss extravagance watch industry, there’s absolutely no lack of incredible watches. As represented by these nine watches, incredible plan and strong watch systems are still a lot of alive. This November, we’ll be tuning in to the GPHG service to see what part will be considered The Best Watch Of The Year for 2017.