The 2021 Aiguille d’Or goes to Bulgari for the Octo Finissimo watch.
The 2021 prize list of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) was unveiled on Thursday November 4 during a festive awards ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the GPHG. Poetically hosted by Edouard Baer, the ceremony honoured contemporary watchmaking excellence and creativity by handing out 19 prizes to winners announced by the 30-member jury headed by Nick Foulkes.
Created in 2001 and overseen since 2011 by a foundation recognised as a public interest organisation, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) promotes the watchmaking art worldwide. It achieves this with the support of its public and private partners, notably its principal partner, FGP Global Properties Swiss & Alps.
The ultimate ‘best in show’ distinction, the 2021 “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, was awarded to Bulgari for the Octo Finissimo watch. The Audemars Piguet, Bernhard Lederer, Chopard, Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CIGA Design, De Bethune, Furlan Marri, Grand Seiko, Louis Vuitton, MB&F, Piaget, Tudor, Van Cleef & Arpels and Zenith brands were also saluted by the Jury and the GPHG Academy for the quality of their creations in various categories. The Special Jury Prize, which rewards a personality or an influential institution on the watchmaking scene, was won this year by the Dubai Watch Week.
The 2021 nominated watches, including the 18 award-winners, are on display at the Musée Rath in Geneva until November 14, 2021. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the GPHG also invites you to discover – within the setting of this exceptional exhibition – the 20 watches that won the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix between 2001 and 2020. The 2021 award-winning watches will subsequently be presented during Dubai Watch Week, from November 24 to 28, and then in Paris from December 2 to 5.
2021 PRIZE LIST of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève:
- “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo;
- Ladies’ Watch Prize: Piaget, Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow;
- Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Féerie Watch;
- Men’s Watch Prize: Grand Seiko, Hi-Beat 36000 80 Hours Caliber 9SA5;
- Men’s Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, LMX Titanium;
- Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin;
- Tourbillon Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB Kind of Two Tourbillon;
- Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Christiaan Van Der Klaauw, CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga;
- Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Piaget, Altiplano Ultimate Automatic;
- Chronograph Watch Prize: Zenith, Chronomaster Sport;
- Diver’s Watch Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue;
- Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, Flower Power;
- Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: MB&F, LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’;
- “Petite Aiguille” Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Ceramic;
- Challenge Watch Prize: CIGA Design, Blue Planet;
- Innovation Prize: Bernhard Lederer, Central Impulse Chronometer;
- Audacity Prize: Louis Vuitton, Tambour Carpe Diem;
- Horological Revelation Prize: Furlan Marri, MR. Grey Ref. 1041-A;
- Special Jury Prize: Dubai Watch Week.
Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar, the slimmest in the world
No less than 408 components are interacting within the extremely limited space provided by the slender 5.80 mm case of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar (Price: 62 343 US Dollars). The development of the 2.75 mm calibre required the movement design engineers of the Manufacture in Le Sentier to devise new solutions, such as the use of a micro-rotor and the optimal use of the space between the components without reducing their dimensions. Testifying to true genius in the realm of miniaturisation, this development powers the hours and minutes hands along with all the perpetual calendar functions: retrograde-display date, day, month and retrograde-display leap years. They are adjusted by means of three correctors: one for the date at 2 pm, another for the month at 4 pm and a third for the day between 8 and 9 o’clock.