Welcome to the 2015 release of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) forecasts in which we pick our favorites and explain why.
Our panelists are:
Ian Skellern (IS), fellow benefactor and technical head of Quill & Pad
Joshua Munchow (JM), inhabitant geek writer
GaryG (GG), inhabitant collector
Note: as a GPHG jury part, Quill & Pad editorial manager in-boss Elizabeth Doerr is prohibited from these predictions.
According to the GPHG’s standards, the Aiguille d’Or rewards the best overall watch among all categories and is the most esteemed award.
JM: The genuine champion of the 2015 GPHG is awarded the Aiguille d’Or and bragging rights as the best watch of the year. This is always an extreme one to pick, because the jury will have various things it is searching for, and relying upon who may have won individual categories (which the jury individuals could possibly deduce given the conversations), it could really go many ways. So I have gone with a somewhat free guesstimate for the best three, and I could be totally wrong!
IS: I will take the meaning of the Aiguille d’Or to mean that it ought to be chosen from one of my recently anticipated category victors, because in the event that I didn’t think a watch was adequately special to win its category, for what reason would I think it the best watch overall?
So the pool I have to choose a “champion of champions” from is: HYT H3, Tudor Pelagos, Tudor North Flag, A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision, MB&F Horological Machine No. 6, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher, Piaget Extremely Piaget Double Sided Cuff Watch, Romain Gauthier Logical One Secret Kakau Höfke, Hermès Slim d’Hermès QP, DeLaneau Rondo 42 Peony, Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock, and the Laurent Ferrier Galet Square.
After my first channel, I’ve narrowed down that broad rundown to the accompanying six: the HYT H3, Tudor Pelagos, A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision, MB&F Horological Machine No. 6, and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher.
GG: For this final “best in show” category, I utilized a somewhat unexpected rationale in comparison to for different categories, in which the task was to pick a main three from among the nominated watches and rank-request them.
This time, I utilized a cycle of elimination, starting with all twelve of the watches that I projected as champs in the individual categories – and by doing so eliminating a portion of the pieces that my learned individual panelists chose as gathering winners.
After considering my rundown of twelve, I recognized eight that I thought were legitimate competitors for the top honor. That’s a very decent ratio, I think!
The next round got me down to six, and I’d prefer to call all of them over here: Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock, Laurent Ferrier Galet Square, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher, MB&F HM6, Akrivia Striking Hours, and Jaquet Droz Charming Bird.
For me, each of these in its own particular manner embodies what I love about watchmaking.
IS: I followed a similar elimination interaction to you, Gary, and we have two watches in common: the MB&F HM6 and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher.
JM: I picked two other participants, the first addresses probably the most amazing aspect outdated watchmaking blended in with popular style: the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater. This watch is classic in almost every feeling of the word, and yet present day with each innovation put into the movement.
A decimal repeater is also rather rare, so a decimal repeater with digital time display and atypical gong configuration stands out in each choice of fine watches. The solitary reason I really don’t figure it will win is because of the fact that last year was a great year for A. Lange & Söhne at the GPHG and I figure the affection will be spread somewhere else this year.
I do figure the pattern of perceiving the free thinkers will proceed, and my first second place and the victor will be from that area of horology. For the primary next in line I picked the Emmanuel Bouchet Complication One.
This watch is a shocker and it gives evidence not of innovation or tradition, but rather of just an alternate approach by an autonomous. The complication in Complication One is certainly for the mechanically inquisitive, and I feel that the plan and exertion will be exceptionally regarded for an extremely cool watch.
IS: That first separate was sufficiently troublesome, yet picking the most amazing aspect the best from a rundown exclusively comprising exceptional watches is unbelievably hard. However, I’m not one to avoid my obligation, matter how burdensome, and will jump into the profound end. Drum roll please. My expectation for the 2015 Aiguille d’Or is the . . . Tudor Pelagos.
When we are talking about the most amazing aspect the best, the champion of champions, the nec in addition to ultra of very good quality watchmaking, cash isn’t usually a factor because we are passing judgment on greatness here, not value for cash (however the latter would be a brilliant category in future versions of the Grand Prix).
However, the fact that the Tudor Pelagos is a superlative watch by any measure AND is the cheapest by at least a factor of ten than any of my different competitors speaks volumes for why this is a particularly meriting Aiguille d’Or winner.
You can read about why I picked the Tudor Pelagos as the best Sports watch in Quill & Pad’s Predictions For The Sports Category Of The 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève , however here is a recap: in-house manufacture development featuring three-day power hold, silicon balance spring with variable inertia oscillator (as utilized by Rolex), titanium case, 500-meter water resistance, high intelligibility, unmistakable clean plan, instantaneous date, and auto-adjustable collapsing buckle.
In a past article I composed, “If I was an environmental controller at the Rolex headquarters in Geneva, I’d investigate what has contaminated the water supply in the last couple of years and then take all means imaginable to guarantee that the contamination continues.”
I’d presently update that sentence to ” If I was an environmental examiner at the Rolex/Tudor headquarters in Geneva . . .”. Tudor, which as of not long ago has been Rolex’s peaceful and unassuming younger sibling has now grown up! With the Pelagos model, Tudor shows that it has a very sizable amount of strength to stand close to its larger kin, yet in addition (dare I even say this?) above it.
Quick Facts Tudor Pelagos
Case: 42 x 14.3 mm, titanium and ceramic
Development: automatic in-house Caliber MT5612 with official chronometer certification and 70 hours power save
Capacities: hours, minutes, seconds; date
Cost: 4,200 Swiss francs
Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird
GG: I thought that it was difficult to choose a main three, as the watches were so near one another, so in addition to declaring a dead heat among my four non-finalists, I came down to two survivors: the Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock and the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird, prior to awarding my “Quillie” to Jaquet Droz for The Charming Bird.
You practically had me at “automaton,” Jaquet Droz!
You can read more about this watch in The Whimsical Song Of Jaquet Droz’s Charming Bird .
Quick Facts Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird
Case: 47 x 15.75 mm (23 mm high arch containing the bird), white gold
Development: automatic Jaquet Droz Caliber 615 with silicon balance spring
Capacities: hours, minutes; singing bird
Limitation: 28 pieces
Cost: 410,400 Swiss francs
Akrivia Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour
JM: The champ of the Aiguille d’Or, as I would see it, will be another brand that has stood apart from before the word go. I accept the victor will be as a matter of fact the exceptionally small brand AkriviA with its Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour.
I have followed this brand and the two main watchmakers on Instagram two or three years at this point, before it even released its first watch, and I adored what I saw the entire time. The Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour is a fun and fascinating combination of complications that really shows a broad and sharpened range of abilities, also a strong foundation for a brand to construct from.
I figure the drive and amazing talent of Akrivia will be awarded the Aiguille d’Or this year. And the watch unquestionably merits the recognition.
Quick Facts Akrivia Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour
Development: manually twisted in-house caliber with one-minute tourbillon and 100 hours power hold on one spring barrel
Case: 42.5 x 12.9 mm, stainless steel
Capacities: hop hours, minutes; en passant hour ring and quiet mode
Cost: 180,000 Swiss francs
Ian: Tudor Pelagos
GaryG: Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird
Joshua: Akrivia Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour
Just an update that the prize-giving function for the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève will take place during a black-tie, honorary pathway occasion at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Geneva Opera House) on Thursday, October 29, 2015. You will actually want to follow the action live here in a livestream on Quill & Pad.