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Why There Had been No Winners within the 2023 GPHG Males’s and Mechanical Exception Classes and ‘My’ Proposed Resolution to Make sure that it Doesn’t Occur Once more


When the 2023 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) awards presentation ceremony completed, I used to be among the many many who thought: what occurred to the Males’s and Mechanical Exception classes? Why had been no winners of these classes introduced?

There was conjecture, however I didn’t hear something that actually made sense to me.

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Sure, for the primary time, two finalists in every of these classes gained different prizes: within the Males’s class, Simon Brette’s Chronomètre Artisans took the Horological Revelation prize and the Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 3SPC took the Chronometry prize, however that also left 4 different finalists.

Ferdinand Berthoud Chronométre FB 3SPC

Within the Mechanical Exception class, the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Extremely-Complication Universelle RD#4 took the Aiguille d’Or, and the Hautlence Sphere Collection 1 took the Innovation prize, once more leaving 4 different finalists within the class.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Extremely-Complication Universelle RD#4

Whereas it’s by no means occurred within the historical past of the GPHG that two finalists have been dropped from competition of their nominated class attributable to being awarded different prizes – not to mention taking place twice in a single yr – yearly there are a number of classes that lose a finalist as a result of they win one other prize.

Hautlence Sphere Collection 1

And when that occurs the second watch (it’s assumed) strikes as much as take the highest slot.

I say it’s ‘assumed’ {that a} finalist dropped from its nominated class would have gained if not promoted to a different prize, as a result of it’s attainable that they might not have gained.

I actually suppose that Simon Brette Chronomètre Artisans deserved to win Finest Males’s Watch, nevertheless it’s attainable that even when it was not fairly adequate to win Finest Males’s Watch, it might nonetheless simply be adequate to take the Horological Revelation prize (for younger manufacturers).

Identical for Ferdinand Berthoud, in an imaginary world, it may need been second within the Males’s Watch class, however nonetheless far and away the most effective Chronometry watch.

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