Complete list and photos of all watches pre-selected for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2022 (GPHG)

The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix (GPHG) just released the list of 2022 pre-selected (“nominated”) watches ahead of the highly anticipated red carpet in Geneva on November 10, 2022.

The 15 regular categories for 2022 are: Ladies, Ladies’ Complications, Men’s, Men’s Complications, Iconics, Tourbillon, Chronograph, Mechanical Exception, Calendar and Astronomy, Diving, Jewelry, Artisan Crafts, Petite Aiguille (watches whose public price is included between 3,500 and 10,000 Swiss francs), Challenge (watches with a retail price of less than 3,500 Swiss francs) and a new one called Mechanical Clock.

The main prize of the evening is the Aiguille d’Or, the best watch in the general classification among the participants, which will be voted on in the hall by a restricted jury chosen from among some 500 Academy Members.

Enough preamble, let’s take a look at the watches that are up for awards so far.

GPHG 2022: Ladies

List of finalists in the Ladies category of the GPHG 2022

The Ladies category contains watches intended for women which only have the following indications: hours, minutes, seconds, simple date (day of the month), power reserve, classic moon phase. These can potentially be adorned with up to nine carats of gemstones.

The pre-selected watches are: Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Eclipse I, Chaumet Déferlante Secret Timepiece, Chopard Alpine Eagle 33, Konstantin Chaykin Harley Quinn, Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic and Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée.

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GPHG 2022: Ladies Complication

List of finalists in the Ladies Complications category of the GPHG 2022

The Ladies Complication category brings together women’s watches remarkable for their mechanical creativity and complexity. These watches can feature all sorts of complications and classic and/or innovative indications (for example, annual calendar, perpetual calendar, equation of time, complex moon phases, tourbillon, digital or retrograde time display, universal time or dual time zone) and do not correspond to the definition of the Ladies and Mechanical Exception categories.

The pre-selected watches are: Andersen Genève Tempus Terrae Baguettes Aquamarines, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Ultra-Thin RD#3, Chaumet Sous Le Soleil Creative Complication, Chopard Imperiale Flying Tourbillon, Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur and Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Cherry Floral Hours.

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GPHG 2022: Men

List of 2022 GPHG Men’s Finalists

The “Men” category includes watches featuring only the following indications: hours, minutes, seconds, simple date (day of the month), power reserve, classic moon phases. These can potentially be adorned with up to nine carats of gemstones.

The pre-selected watches are: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain II, Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton 8 Days, Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Pf Micro Rotor Steel, Sylvain Pinaud Origine, Trilobe Une Folle Journée Black Edition and Zenith Caliber 135 Observatoire.

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GPHG 2022: Male Complication

Preselection of the Men’s Complications category of the GPHG 2022

This category includes watches remarkable for their mechanical creativity and complexity. These watches can feature all sorts of complications and classic and/or innovative indications (eg world time or dual time zone) and do not fall within the definition of the Men’s and Mechanical Exception categories.

The pre-selected watches are: Armin Strom Orbit Manufacture Edition, Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked, Bovet 1822 Virtuoso V, Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur, Parmigiani Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante and Singer Reimagined Barista.

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GPHG 2022: Iconic

List of 2022 GPHG Iconic Category Finalists

The Iconic category brings together watches from an iconic collection that has had a lasting influence on the history of watchmaking and the watch market for more than 20 years.

The preselected watches are: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Openworked, Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43, Girard-Perregaux Cap 2.0, IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43, TAG Heuer Monaco X Gulf and Zenith Defy Revival A3642.

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GPHG 2022: Tourbillon

List of finalists in the Tourbillon category of the GPHG 2022

In the Tourbillon category, there are mechanical watches for men with at least one tourbillon. Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.

The pre-selected watches are: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked, Grand Seiko Kodo Constant Force Tourbillon, Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Architecture, H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton, Parmigiani Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon and Theo Auffret Tourbillon Grand Sport.

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GPHG 2022: Calendar and Astronomy

GPHG 2022 Calendar and Astronomy Category Shortlist

The Calendar and Astronomy category emphasizes mechanical watches featuring at least one calendar and/or astronomical complication (eg date, annual calendar, perpetual calendar, equation of time, complex moon phase display, etc.). Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.

The preselected watches are: Arnold & Son Luna Magna Platinum, DRT Tempus Fugit, H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar, HYT Moon Runner Supernova Blue, Krayon Anywhere and Sarpaneva Watches Nocturne.

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GPHG 2022: Mechanical Exception

Pre-selection category Mechanical Exception GPHG 2022

The Mechanical Exception category includes watches equipped with a particular mechanism such as an innovative or sophisticated display, an automaton, a chime or any other acoustic function, a particular escapement, a belt movement or any other original watchmaking concept and/or exceptional.

The pre-selected watches are: Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance First Edition, Bovet 1822 Récital 20 Astérium, Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra 10th Anniversary, Chopard LUC Full Strike Tourbillon, Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RSM.2-1 and Ulysse Nardin Freak S.

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GPHG 2022: Chronograph

GPHG 2022 Chronograph Category Shortlist

Timepieces falling into the Chronograph category are mechanical watches with at least one chronograph indication. Additional indications and/or complications are admissible.

The preselected watches are: Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Limited Edition, Czapek Rattrapante Ice Blue, Grönefeld 1941 Grönograaf Tantalum, Louis Moinet Time to Race, MB&F Legacy Machine Sequential Evo and Parmigiani Tonda PF Chronograph Steel.

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GPHG 2022: Diving

List of 2022 GPHG Diver Category Finalists

The Diving category includes watches related to the field of diving, whose functions, materials and design are adapted to this activity.

The preselected watches are: ArtyA Depth Gauge, Breitling Superocean Automatic 42, Doxa Army Limited Edition, Grand Seiko Spring Drive 5 Days Caliber 9RA5, TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver and Tudor Pelagos FXD.

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GPHG 2022: Jewelry

Preselection of the Jewelery category of the GPHG 2022

The Jewelery category includes watches demonstrating an exceptional mastery of the art of jewelery and setting. The watches are also distinguished by the choice of stones.

The pre-selected watches are: Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi High Jewellery, Chopard Animal World Peacock Watch, Jacob & Co Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus, Piaget Extravagant Touch Watch, TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Diamant d’Avant-Garde and Van Cleef & Arpels Perles de Glace Rose.

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GPHG 2022: Craftsmanship

Preselection in the Métiers d’Art category of the GPHG 2022

Watches in the Métiers d’Art category demonstrate exceptional mastery of one or more artistic techniques such as enamelling, lacquering, engraving, guilloche (machinery), skeleton work, etc.

The pre-selected watches are: Bovet 1822 Amadeo Amadeo Skeleton Tourbillon, Hermès Arceau Hermès Story, Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow, Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Coccinelle Féerique and Voutilainen Ji-Ku.

GPHG 2022: Little Needle

Preselection GPHG Petite Aiguille 2022

Watches entered in the Petite Aiguille category have a selling price between CHF 3,500 and CHF 10,000. Smartwatches are eligible in this category.

The preselected watches are: Breitling Top Time Triumph, Gelfman Watch IN-16 Nixie, Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT 9R66, Louis Erard x Massena Lab Le Régulateur Gold, Trilobe Nuit Fantastique Dune Edition and Zenith Defy Skyline.

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GPHG 2022: Challenge

List of finalists in the watches category of the GPHG Challenge 2022

Watches entered in the Challenge category have a selling price equal to or less than CHF 3,500. Smartwatches are eligible in this category.

The preselected watches are: Kurono Tokyo Calendar Type 1, Louis Erard Le Regulator x second/second/, MAD Editions MAD1 Red, Massena Lab Uni-Racer Safari, TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph and Tudor Ranger.

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GPHG 2022: Mechanical Clocks

Preselection of the Mechanical Clocks category of the GPHG 2022

This year (2022) is the first in a long time, if ever, that mechanical clocks have their own category in the GPHG, and it is long overdue and warmly welcomed. Last year (2021) in particular, some sensational clocks were entered that were well deserving of prizes.

This category concerns mechanical time-measuring instruments such as longcase clocks and table clocks. Wristwatches are not permitted in this category.

The preselected watches are: BCHH Celestial Infinity, L’Epée 1839 Time Fast II, Matthias Naeschke NT 8 GT, Miki Eleta The Passage of Time, UTINAM Lebru x Silberstein KB2, and Van Cleef & Arpels Fontaine Aux Oiseaux.

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Let us know your likes and dislikes in the comments below and look out for our upcoming GPHG prediction roundtables!

For more information, please visit www.gphg.org/watchmaking/en/gphg-2022/nominated-watches.

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