With the watchmaking trade coming again to a standard state of affairs this yr, we’ve been in a position to see some fairly spectacular watches launched throughout a number of digital or bodily occasions. And as yearly in November, the trade celebrates creativity and innovation, with the GPHG 2021 ceremony simply ended – an occasion also referred to as the Oscars of the Watchmaking Trade. As at all times, a fancy watch has been underneath the highlight this yr, however most significantly, we’re speaking concerning the third time in a row that ultra-thin horology is awarded. Following the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Extremely-Skinny in 2019 (again then the thinnest QP) and the Piaget Altiplano Final Idea in 2020 (the thinnest mechanical watch ever made), this yr it’s one other specialist of slenderness that wins the 2021 Aiguille d’Or, the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar – the thinnest QP ever created. And after so many record-breaking fashions, it’s a well-deserved prize for the model!
GPHG 2021 – QUICK TAKE
As we all know, and being a celebration of what the trade can do greatest, the GPHG tends to award sophisticated watches as “better of present” or so-called Aiguille d’Or. The GPHG 2021 is not any exception to this rule and as such, the prize was given to the watch that’s the thinnest perpetual calendar ever created, with a case measuring 5.80mm in top and a motion of solely 2.75mm. Extra importantly, this 2021 Aiguille d’Or lastly acknowledge the work performed by a model for greater than 7 years now, with no fewer than 7 world data for thinness in a row – the thinnest tourbillon motion in 2014, the thinnest minute repeater in 2016, the thinnest computerized motion in 2017, the thinnest computerized watch and thinnest tourbillon watch in 2018, the thinnest chronograph in 2019, the thinnest chronograph tourbillon in 2020 and the thinnest perpetual calendar in 2021.
This additionally reveals how necessary ultra-thin watchmaking is, and regardless of not being a complication by itself, this discipline of horology requires spectacular data and inventiveness. In that perspective, it was about time for Bvlgari to be awarded for this particular ultra-thin perpetual calendar, however in a approach additionally for the work performed over the previous 7 years.
And now, right here’s the entire listing of the profitable watches on the GPHG 2021.
Aiguille d’or – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo
Women’ Watch – Piaget Limelight Gala Treasured Rainbow
Women’ Complication – Van Cleef & Arpels Woman Féerie
Males’s Watch – Grand Seiko White Birch
Males’s Complication – MB&F LMX Titanium
Iconic Watch – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Additional-Skinny 15202PT
Tourbillon Watch – De Bethune DB Form of Two Tourbillon
Calendar and Astronomy – Christiaan Van Der Klaauw CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
Mechanical Exception – Piaget Altiplano Final Computerized
Chronograph – Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Diver’s Watch – Louis Vuitton Tambour Avenue Diver Skyline Blue
Jewelry Watch – Chopard Flower Energy
Inventive Crafts – MB&F LM SE Eddy Jaquet
“Petite Aiguille” – Tudor Black Bay Ceramic
Problem – CIGA Design Blue Planet
Horological Revelation – Furlan Marri MR. Gray
Audacity Prize – Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem
Innovation Prize – Bernhard Lederer Central Impulse Chronometer
Particular Jury Prize 2021 – Dubai Watch Week
Extra particulars at gphg.org.