The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has drawn up the shortlist of finalists for this year's competition. Winners won't be announced until November 7, but we've got the final collection of 84 watches that the judges will assess in the days leading up to the big award ceremony in Geneva. These watches span 14 categories, with six finalists allowed per category.
The spread of brands and styles represented is pretty diverse, and with the GPHG it's pretty difficult to predict ahead of time which watch is going to take home the night's top prize.
The jury is a diverse set of professionals and collectors from across the world, and it's extremely tough to guess at what they're going to find most appealing in any given year.
There are a few new prizes being given out this year, including special awards for dive watches and ‘iconic’ watches, and a few jury members have rotated in and out, but otherwise this will be business as usual.
Looking over the shortlisted watches, a few things do stand out. First off, the ratio of independent watchmakers represented in comparison to big brands feels strong.
The ‘Men's’ category, for example, is a six-way heat featuring Alchemists Mechanical Healings (who?), De Bethune, Grand Seiko, Grönefeld, Laurent Ferrier, and Voutilainen. There's not one group-owned brand in that mix.
The only category to swing hard in the other direction is the new ‘Iconic’ category, which predictably features the likes of Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Hamilton, IWC, TAG Heuer, and Zenith. What's more iconic, a Royal Oak, a Monaco, or an El Primero? We'll just have to wait and see.
You can peruse this year's full list of pre-selected watches here.