With summer now fading into the blur of September, it is about time to kick off another round of watchmaking’s most illustrious annual prize, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). For those that don’t commonly follow the awards, the process starts when the finalists are announced (today) – 84 of them – and will culminate with a full award ceremony in Geneva on November 12.
With six finalists for each of the 14 categories, there is a little something for everyone, and the judges are tasked with selecting the finalist that best matches the spirit of each category. If you want to get an inside perspective on being a judge, don’t skip Episode 19 of HODINKEE Radio in which Stephen chats with Jack about what it is like to be a GPHG judge.
Alongside a fresh set of finalists, 2020 also marks the start of a new overall format for the GPHG. Under the new format, the jury has expanded from 20 to 30 industry professionals to a new group of some 350 Academy members, including our own Cara Barrett, Ben Clymer, Jack Forster, and Stephen Pulvirent. The goal is to create a system that is closer to that of the annual Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) in which a large and diverse body of folks from within the watch industry will inform a more diverse collection of finalists, which for the first time can be nominated by the Academy (rather than directly submitted by brand). Once nominations from the larger Academy are complete, a smaller jury will weigh in on the final selections.
Just as in past years, this year’s finalists offer a wide outlook on the watch industry with selections from huge brands like Hermès, IWC, and Breitling sitting alongside fellow finalists from Doxa, Seiko, and Ming (deservedly so). You can see the full list of finalists here, and it’s certainly worth a thorough scan as this year’s selections offer an impressive variety and should make for an exciting list of GPGH winners come this November.
For more information, visit GPHG online.