Chopard’s first minute repeater – the L.U.C Full Strike – took top honors at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie (GPHG), considered by many as ‘The Oscars of Watchmaking’, in Geneva this week. Chopard also took home the prize for the beat jewellery watch with the stunning Lotus Blanc watch.

The groundbreaking minute repeater from Chopard

Tudor won big when the Black Bay Chrono was awarded the “Petite Aiguille” capping a fine year for one of the most talked about timepieces at Baselworld this year. It was a good night for chronographs as Longines was awarded the Best Revival prize for the superb Avigation BigEye Chronograph.

Tudor Black Bay Chronograph won big

However, it was the minute repeater won fetched Chopard the prized Aiguille d’Or. Introduced at Baselworld 2016, this timepiece’s most distinctive feature is the material used for the gongs: synthetic sapphire.

The gongs (visible at 10 o’clock) and the watch crystal are machined together from a single block. Chopard says that sapphire produces a clearer, purer tone than metal, and the fact that there is no break between the gongs and the watch crystal means there is better transmission of the acoustic waves.

The winning Octo duo from Bulgari

It was a good night for Bulgari and Parmigiani Fleurier what with both brands sweeping the top honors in two categories. Bulgari, which has enjoyed a good run under CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, claimed the Men’s Watch Prize with the innovative new Octo Finissimo Automatic, the world thinnest automatic watch; and also came up trumps in the Tourbillon and Escapement category with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton.

It was a good year for the Fleurier brand

Parmigiani Fleurier, considered by many as among most under-appreciated haute horology brands in the business, deservedly won the best Chronograph Watch prize with the tastefully made Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, which debuted the brand’s first in-house integrated chronograph movement. The Fleurier brand also took the Travel Time Watch with the gorgeous Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde.

The world’s most complicated wristwatch, Vacheron Constantin’s one-off Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 claimed the Mechanical Exception category. Unveiled at SIHH 2017, the watch features a staggering 23 complications and was created as a unique piece for a client.

Lady Arpels Papillon Automate was a deserving winner

There were no surprises in the Ladies High-Mech Watch category, Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate that featured a self-winding mechanical movement with an on-demand animation module developed by movement specialists Agenhor.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix – Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike

Petite Aiguille – Tudor Black Bay Chrono

Ladies Watch – Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton

Ladies High-Mech - Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

Men’s Watch – Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

Chronograph – Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

Tourbillon and Escapement – Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton

Calendar Watch – Greubel Forsey QP à Équation

Travel Time – Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde

Mechanical Exception – Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

Sports Watch – Ulysee Nardin Marine Regatta

Jewelry Watch – Chopard Lotus Blanc

Artistic Crafts – Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure

Revival Watch Prize – Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph

Innovation – Zenith Defy Lab

Special Jury Prize - Suzanne Rohr and Anita Porchet