Saturday, 23 November 2013

GPHG 2013 at the L 'Atelier by The Hour Glass

This year, L'Atelier by The Hour Glass is hosting the Grand Prix D'Horlogerie De Geneve (GPHG) exhibition in Singapore and this will happen from 22nd November to 28th November.

The cocktail was on the 22nd at the Ion Shopping Centre, at The L 'Atelier by The Hour Glass (Level 3). Our gang of watch enthusiasts were at hand to view the collection.
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For those who are not familiar with the L 'Atelier, the set up resembles that of a watch workshop - an actual atelier. Here is a shot of the workbench found inside L'Atelier.
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The event started with Dr. Bernard Cheong giving a history of GPHG and the significance.
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And then it was off to see the watches on display. Some very significant pieces and worthy winners. The Type 3 by Ressence won the Horological Revelation Prize.
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The Tudor Heritage Black Bay won the Revival Prize - another worthy winner.
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The Lange 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar won the prize for Grande Complication. I understand this category has many contenders and although Lange won (and I definitely agree they are a deserving winner), I think all the candidates in this category are winners.
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A close up of the winner!
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Isn't this a beauty? A beautiful complication.
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And the biggest winner is the Girard Perregaux Constant Force Escapement which won the Aiguille d’Or prize.
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A close up of the Constant Force Escapement. Notice the iconic bridge?
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For the ladies category, I always like the complications from Van Cleef & Arpels. They won with the Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée. What an elegant piece featuring a double retrograde minutes and hours.
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In total, there are 15 winners and all the watches are on display at the L'Atelier at The Hour Glass at the Ion Shopping Centre (Level 3). I would not spoil the fun for you as it would be better if you had gone down to see it for yourself. And I am sure you will agree with me that all the watches on display are worthy winners!

Congrats to all the winner especially to the Harbrings, Mr. Philippe Dufour for winning why Special Jury Prize as well as Mr. Vianney Halter for winning the Innovation Prize for the Deep Space Tourbillon. The full list is below:

“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Girard-Perregaux, Constant Escapement L.M.

Grande Complication Prize: A. Lange & Söhne, 1815 Rattrapante Perpetuel Calendar

Ladies’ Complications Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée

Ladies’ Watch Prize: DeLaneau, Rondo Translucent Champagne

Men’s Complications Watch Prize: Romain Gauthier, Logical One

Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, V-8R

Innovation Prize: Vianney Halter, Deep Space Tourbillon

Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, L’Heure du Diamant

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Brodé

Sports Watch Prize: Zenith, El Primero Stratos Flyback Stricking 10th

“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize: Habring2, Jumping Second Pilot

Revival Prize: Tudor, Heritage Black Bay

Horological Revelation Prize: Ressence, Type 3

Special Jury Prize: Philippe Dufour

List courtesy of WorldTempus

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