No Vacheron Constantin Entry in Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève?

The entries for the 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève just came out, and Vacheron Constantin has no entries. So many great VC watches came out this year, including the new line of Overseas, I really wish that they had an entry. Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Sohn, and (as usual) Rolex had no entries either. However, Audemars Piguet has a total of six entries; none of which seems to be as interesting as the new Overseas.

So many of the watches are starting to look like steam punk fashion watches and highly skeletonized jungle gyms that very few are interesting. An exception is Christiaan Van Der Klaauw. Whoa! (I have my VC 4500 piggy bank kept in a safe place until that urge passes...if it does.)

Anyone have any wisdom on why the top watch brands (with some notable exceptions) are not entering the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève? Especially Vacheron Constantin.

I think that the big guys just don't want to risk loosing to what they consider
07/25/2016 - 15:50

a smaller brand! However, I am not privy to any info and it is my gut feeling

A waste of such an important new line of Overseas
07/26/2016 - 02:42

Both Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe stayed out this year, along with Rolex. If they lose to another marque, like F.P. Journe or A. Lange & Söhne, there's no shame in that—but neither ot them has entries this year either.  I don't see how they could lose to the entries in the Men's watches. I mean Raymond Weil? Tudor? They're running on ETA, Soprod or Sellita  movements. With a new in-house movement, plus the new bands and everything else, the Overseas has what the other entries do not. Even losing to the $65,000 Grand Seiko wouldn't be so bad, but by staying out all of the "big names" provide very good arguments why someone should buy a less expensive watch with the credentials of a Grand Prix winner.

What I'd really like to see is for Vacheron Constantin create a watch that could be entered in the Petite Aiguille category.