Winners of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve 2012 – Weekly Watch Photo
This year a watch has won two prizes and to the furthest extent that I could return in noteworthy outcomes, this is a first. The MB&F Legacy Machine 1 has won both the Best Men’s Watch Prize and the Public Prize! Congrats from the whole Monochrome group to all champs and twofold congratulations to MB&F!
The “Aiguille d’Or” or “Golden Hand” was won by TAG Heuer’s Mikrgirder and there are more victors in the various classes, which we’ll show you. Anyway first the Weekly Watch Photo, for which we chose an eminent photograph of the (twofold) grant winning Legacy Machine 1, captured by Kazuyuki Takahashi.
Winning two prizes for one watch is a mind blowing accomplishment and all credits go to Max Busser, his group and the men liable for making Legacy Machine 1, Jean-Francois Mojon and Kari Voutilainen.
The staggeringly pleasant planned development with spans that help me to remember vintage Patek Philippe pocket watches, is a particularly grand sight that persuades each watch fan. The shades of the Côte de Geneve striping on the German Silver scaffolds, the brilliant cog wheels, the huge rubies set in gold chatons, the etchings loaded up with dark paint, the hand-cleaned screw heads… stunning.
Not to fail to remember that the dial side shows a ravishing blend of exemplary and steampunk. Two sub dials show time in two diverse time regions, which can be set and changed freely. The white lacquered dials with dark painted roman numerals look a lot of like the previously mentioned pocket watches and the blued steel hands uphold this even more.
Of course situating the whole escapement, with its enormous equilibrium wheel, on the dial side is bizarre and as I would like to think amazingly delightful. The most fascinating piece of any mechanical watch, has now been shown totally in full sight. What in my eyes is likewise an extremely pleasant component, is the likelihood to wear it under your shirt’s sleeve and let just one of the double cross zones top from under the sleeve. I simply love this watch and no big surprise that the Legacy Machine was Monochrome’s most loved watch of 2011.
Of course there were other prize champs and I’d love to feature several of them. Label Heuer’s Mikrogirder is obviously an amazingly extraordinary watch and as I would see it legitimately won the Aiguille d’Or.
The explanation behind this, is that TAG Heuer is accomplishing momentous work on the escapement. The Mikrogirder’s escapement is essentially not the same as some other escapement; it leaves out the notable equilibrium and hair spring, that can be found in each mechanical watch. This development essentially can’t arrive at speeds that TAG Heuer wants. Rather than the equilibrium haggle, the guideline of the chronograph is accomplished through three miniature shafts, or girders. You can see these pillars in the opening in the dial.
Technically TAG Heuer are the first to concoct a managing organ that is generally not the same as the essential thoughts from Christiaan Huygens (the pendulum clock ), which are the rudiments for all current escapements.
Another pivotal watch, that as I would like to think legitimately won the Innovation Prize, is HYT’s H1 that we covered here. The plan to create the world’s first Hydro-Mechanical watch may have sounded inconceivable, anyway was executed in a particularly astute way, that the HYT H1 won this year’s Innovation Prize. This photograph of the HYT H1 was chosen for Monochrome’s Weekly Watch Photo, only a couple weeks ago.
Another prize champ that I’d like to feature, is made by Greubel Forsey, a brand that never stops to dazzle. As of late we expounded on a special adaptation of the Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2 (and other interesting Greubel Forsey watches ) and about a bunch of every one of the three Invention Pieces . A dining experience for the eye, for any individual who adores seeing moving tourbillons; here you will dream away while looking at two twofold tourbillons.
The most recent couple of years, numerous little free watch brands are winning prizes at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. This year continues along that line and we can feature one more free watchmaker who does astonishing things. Richard Habring once made the Doppelchrono for IWC and now the licenses are free, he was at long last ready to make and fabricate it highlighting his own name on the dial. In the process he even improved the Doppelchrono, anyway later more about that! Until further notice a gigantic well done to Richard and Maria Habring, who by the way are additionally the main GPHG prize victors from Austria.
Before showing the whole rundown of victors, I’d like to feature the watch that won this year’s “Petite Aiguille”. This prize is for watches under 5,000 CHF and goes to Zenith for their Pilot Big Date. Considering the utilization of Zenith’s eminent development, the El Primero, this is brilliant incentive for cash. I trust our benefactor Max will feature it in his tales about the historical backdrop of pilot’s watches, similar to he previously expounded on the 57.5 mm enormous Zenith Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 Pilot’s Watch .
All winner’s of the 2012 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève:
- “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: TAG Heuer, Mikrogirder
- Best Ladies Watch Prize: Chanel Première Tourbillon Volant
- Best Men’s Watch Prize: MB&F Legacy Machine N°1
- Best Innovation Prize: HYT H1 Titane Black DLC
- Best Jewelry and Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Chopard Imperiale Tourbillon Full Set
- Best Complicated Watch Prize: Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
- Best Sports Watch Prize: Habring2 Doppel 2.0
- “Petite Aiguille” Prize (for models under CHF 5’000): Zenith Pilot Big Date Special
- Best Watchmaker Prize: Carole Forestier Kasapi (Cartier)
- Special Jury Prize: Société Suisse de Chronométrie
- Public Prize: MB&F Legacy Machine N°1
This article is composed by Frank Geelen, chief proofreader for Monochrome Watches .