While most of our readers are probably enjoying a sunny beach, cool mountains, or some other desirable vacation hot spot, I’m on the website Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix (GPHG). Here, you can already find out Complete list Watches competing for this year’s edition. All of them were pretty awesome, with lots of familiar faces and some watches I’d never seen before. This was once a point of frustration for me, but through years of experience, I’ve learned to accept that there’s just too much going on in the world of watches to keep track of it all.
While not an objective instrument, having so many entries for the GPHG — especially, from a wide variety of brands — is a sign of a healthy industry. This prediction is underscored when you take a closer look at the individual watches. Many of them offer a refreshing take on the concept of a wristwatch through their mechanical excellence, their intricate design or exceptional craftsmanship. Very few watches combine them all. Also, a significant number of entries in the ‘Challenge’ category, reserved for timepieces with a retail price equal to or below CHF 3,500, shows that this key segment of the market is also developing with creative energy.
With that, they also fulfill the foundational goal of GPHG, which is to further promote watchmaking culture in general and high-quality watchmaking in particular. They are often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of watchmaking, and this is hardly surprising, as winning one carries considerable influence. Winning a category of GPHG puts many brands better on the map, especially when the brand in question is small enough to get the recognition they deserve. It’s a significant accolade, almost like a seal of approval that it’s truly special. Honestly, not only the winners deserve this credit, but all the participants. All of them are the result of passion, hard work and commitment to add something to the world of watches. As a journalist, I am also proud, honored and happy to contribute to this, although as a member of the GPHG Academy, I have to admit that voting this year was not easy.
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