With the watchmaking industry coming back to a normal situation this year, we’ve been able to see some pretty impressive watches launched during several digital or physical events. And as every year in November, the industry celebrates creativity and innovation, with the GPHG 2021 ceremony just ended – an event also known as the Oscars of the Watchmaking Industry. As always, a complex watch has been under the spotlight this year, but most importantly, we’re talking about the third time in a row that ultra-thin horology is awarded. Following the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin in 2019 (back then the thinnest QP) and the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept in 2020 (the thinnest mechanical watch ever made), this year it’s another specialist of slenderness that wins the 2021 Aiguille d’Or, the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar – the thinnest QP ever created. And after so many record-breaking models, it’s a well-deserved prize for the brand!
GPHG 2021 – QUICK TAKE
As we know, and being a celebration of what the industry can do best, the GPHG has a tendency to award complicated watches as “best of show” or so-called Aiguille d’Or. The GPHG 2021 is no exception to this rule and as such, the prize was given to the watch that is the thinnest perpetual calendar ever created, with a case measuring 5.80mm in height and a movement of only 2.75mm. More importantly, this 2021 Aiguille d’Or finally recognize the work done by a brand for more than 7 years now, with no fewer than 7 world records for thinness in a row – the thinnest tourbillon movement in 2014, the thinnest minute repeater in 2016, the thinnest automatic movement in 2017, the thinnest automatic watch and thinnest tourbillon watch in 2018, the thinnest chronograph in 2019, the thinnest chronograph tourbillon in 2020 and the thinnest perpetual calendar in 2021.
This also shows how important ultra-thin watchmaking is, and despite not being a complication by itself, this field of horology requires impressive knowledge and inventiveness. In that perspective, it was about time for Bvlgari to be awarded for this specific ultra-thin perpetual calendar, but in a way also for the work done over the past 7 years.
And now, here’s the complete list of the winning watches at the GPHG 2021.
Aiguille d’or – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo
Ladies’ Watch – Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
Ladies’ Complication – Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Féerie
Men’s Watch – Grand Seiko White Birch
Men’s Complication – MB&F LMX Titanium
Iconic Watch – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin 15202PT
Tourbillon Watch – De Bethune DB Kind of Two Tourbillon
Calendar and Astronomy – Christiaan Van Der Klaauw CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
Mechanical Exception – Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
Chronograph – Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Diver’s Watch – Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue
Jewellery Watch – Chopard Flower Power
Artistic Crafts – MB&F LM SE Eddy Jaquet
“Petite Aiguille” – Tudor Black Bay Ceramic
Challenge – CIGA Design Blue Planet
Horological Revelation – Furlan Marri MR. Grey
Audacity Prize – Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem
Innovation Prize – Bernhard Lederer Central Impulse Chronometer
Special Jury Prize 2021 – Dubai Watch Week
More details at gphg.org.