Best New Watch of the Year

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 13, 2017.
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The winner of the coveted Aiguille d’Or was announced last Wednesday at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) awards, and the lucky recipient was the Chopard LUC Full Strike. The Full Strike was released earlier this year at Baselworld and made waves as the company’s first minute repeater. We should note that the competition this year was pretty stiff, including the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 or the A Lange & Sohne Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Merite.” Regardless, it’s always fun to watch these awards and follow along. Here is a complete list of the winners. — Bloomberg


The 2017 Winners


The Zenith Defy Lab, winner of the Innovation Prize.

Innovation Prize: Zenith, Defy Lab

“Revival” Prize: Longines, The Longines Avigation BigEye



The Chanel Premiere Camelia Skeleton won for Best Ladies’ Watch.

Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel, Premiere Camelia Skeleton

Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Papillon Automate


The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic won for the Best Men’s Watch.

Men’s Watch Prize: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Automatic




The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversarie, winner of Best Chronograph.

Chronograph Watch Prize: Parmigiani Fleurier, Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton

Calendar Watch Prize: Greubel Forsey, QP a Equation

Travel Time Watch Prize: Parmigiani Fleurier, Toric Hemispheres Retrograde


The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Gran Complication 3600, winner of the Mechanical Exception Prize.

Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Vacheron Constantin, Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600


The Tudor Black Bay Chronograph, winner of Petite Aiguille.

“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize: Tudor, Black Bay Chrono

Sports Watch Prize: Ulysse Nardin, Marine Regatta

Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, Lotus Blanc Watch

Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Aki-No-Kure

Special Jury Prize: Suzanne Rohr and Anita Porchet.


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