Tonight the watch industry’s focus is dead-set on Geneva, as the 2022 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has just unveiled who is the grand winner of this year’s awards ceremony! Often regarded as the Oscars of Watchmaking, the GPHG stands for a celebration of all things surrounding mechanical watchmaking. A specially selected jury has narrowed down all the entries into 16 categories with 6 watches each. Out of all the entries, only one has been selected as the grand winner, receiving the coveted Aiguille d’Or trophy for Best of Show. In addition to that, each category winner also received an award. And where in the previous three years the trophy was won by a watch that pushed the envelope in terms of ultra-thinness, this year things have taken a turn in a different direction. Following the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar last year, and the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept the year before it, the 2022 Aiguille d’Or is won by MB&F and its brilliantly complex Legacy Sequential EVO. And although it’s not the first time Max Büsser and his team won an award, it is the very first time the unconventional independent watchmakers have been crowned with the award for Best of Show. And with it, the GPHG somewhat returns to its roots, by celebrating innovative, groundbreaking mechanics.
GPHG 2021 – QUICK TAKE
After three years of awarding the Aiguille d’Or to Ultra-Thin watchmaking, a complication in itself really, the GPHG now turns its eye to innovative, complex independent watchmaking instead. The Aiguille d’Or for the 2022 edition goes to MB&F for its mindblowing Legacy Sequential EVO, a watch that rewrites the rule book on what a chronograph can do. It also once again celebrates the incredible work of Stephen McDonnell, the master watchmaker responsible for the conceptualisation of the complex movement inside the Sequential Evo. And the funny thing is, it’s not the first time MB&F has won a prize at the GPHG awards ceremony, and neither is it the first time a watch with a movement by Stephen McDonnell wins an award either! MB&F has taken home category prizes in 2012 (Legacy Machine 1), 2016 (LM Perpetual Ti, also created with Stephen McDonnell), 2019 (LM FlyingT), 2020 (indirectly, with the H. Moser & Cie x MB&F Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon) and 2021 (LMX). And although MB&F has never won the Aiguille d’Or we feel it was never more deserved than with this incredible and expressive Legacy Sequential EVO.
What makes the Legacy Machine Sequential EVO so special is the sheer brilliance of what it can do. Through a clever system of gears, levers, pinions and differentials it can track multiple episodes of elapsed time. At once, or all together, with the push of a button. It has four different modes in addition to the use of a single chronograph; Independent mode / Simultaneous mode / Cumulative mode / Sequential or Lap-Timer mode. It really is a testament to the visionary work of Max Büsser, his team and Stephen McDonnell so we wholeheartedly agree with selecting the Legacy Sequential EVO as the winner of the Aiguille d’Or. But the party doesn’t end there, as Max Büsser also takes home the Challenge award with the amazing concept of the M.A.D. Editions M.A.D. 1 Red, a watch we know and love very well within the team!
And now, here’s the complete list of the winning watches at the GPHG 2021.
Aiguille d’or – MB&F Legacy machine sequential EVo
Ladies’ Watch – parmigiani fleurier tonda pf automatic
Ladies’ Complication – hermès arceau le temps voyageur
Men’s Watch – akrivia chronomètre contemporain II
Men’s Complication – hermès arceau le temps voyageur
Iconic Watch – TAG heuer monaco x gulf
Tourbillon Watch – h. moser & cie pioneer cylindrical tourbillon skeleton
Calendar and Astronomy – krayon anywhere
Mechanical Exception – ferdinand berthoud FB 2rsm.2-1
Chronograph – grönefeld 1941 grönograaf tantalum
Diver’s Watch – tudor pelagos fxd
Jewellery Watch – bvlgari serpenti misteriosi high jewellery
Artistic Crafts – voutilainen ji-ku
“Petite Aiguille” – trilobe nuit fantastique dune edition
Challenge – m.a.d. editions m.a.d. 1 red
Mechanical clock – van cleef & arpels fontaine aux oiseaux automaton
Innovation Prize – van cleef & arpels lady arpels heures florales cerisier watch
Audacity Prize – bvlgari octo finissimo ultra 10th anniversary
Chronometry prize – grand seiko kodo constant-force tourbillon
Horological Revelation – sylvain pinaud origin
Special Jury Prize 2021 – françois junod, automaton maker and sculptor
More details at GPHG.org.