Vacheron Constantin and the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève

At the TimeCrafter's Show, I was given a magazine (the name of which will be left anonymous to protect the guilty), and one of the articles in the magazine was heralding some watch or other (that bought advertising space in the rag) that had won awards at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. It purported to list all the winners, but it was clearly a set of figures that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of. I knew that Vacheron Constantin had won several, including two grand prizes, but the article had no mention of Vacheron Constantin. (It didn't mention Audemars Piguet either, and AP had won more GPHG awards than any other company.)

In looking online for the winners of the awards, I came across more than one page with a big mess that gave a general clue as to who won and for what. So I went to the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève site and copied all of the recent winners and those from their archives for all of the 15 years that the prizes have been awarded. I didn't change anything. Then I compiled the winners with the number of awards each had received, plus the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix winners for each of the 15 years. Anyway, the whole thing is in a 19-page PDF file that you can download from:

If there are any mistakes, let me know.

Here's a picture of my watch:

Vacheron Constantin and the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève

Overseas 1 (1996: c. 1311)

Christian Selmoni told me that it was a good example of the OS 1. (Did I mention he was a super-nice guy?)


quite an impressive job you did there! Thank you
05/19/2016 - 10:44


Great work - thanks for that
05/19/2016 - 14:37

Great to see Vacheron up at the penultimate spot.  Interesting that many of the AP wins were for non-RO pieces.  Great to see Voutilainen well represented.  That guy is a great blend of modern and classic (to my mind).

The List just gets longer
05/19/2016 - 14:46

I've divided my life in watches as Before VC 4500V and After. I don't have a Rolex and have never wanted one. However, I like the Tudor Black Bay! (I have no idea why...). Also, F.P. Journe -- Jeeeze!! Is there no end?

In a word... no.
05/19/2016 - 14:48

There is no end.  Don't even start researching the Saxon watch tradition of Glassütte or you will start the same thing with Lange and the other German brands...  Focus is vital - or we need to figure out that Vegas heist scheme... one of the other.

Why Rolex Has Never Won Anything at Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève
05/20/2016 - 01:27

In an article in London's Financial Times writing about the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève the writer was explaining why Rolex has never won anything in the last 15 years the prize has been around. While Rolex fully supports the GPHG, it simply does not enter the contest. On two occasion, Rolex's more affordable kid brother, Tudor, has won. Once for the best Sports watch (Pelagos) and again for the best Revival (Black Bay Heritage). If Tudor doesn't win, nobody really expects the "thrifty" Rolex to do so; however, if Rolex enters one of their own watches and wins nothing, they have a lot to lose.

Similarly, Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe are in similar boats. After winning early in the life of the contest, others have taken the top prizes--especially F.P. Journe.  I'm hoping that VC will enter their full line of new Overseas watches and walk off with the top prize. 

very information work Bill
05/20/2016 - 08:07

I really appreciate your posts.

Thanks for sharing these results.



Re: Vacheron Constantin and the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève
05/22/2016 - 05:25

Thank you Bill.

Your research is very useful for us.



Re: Vacheron Constantin and the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève
05/26/2016 - 07:01

Thanks Bill for such a great compilation.yes

To be updated annualy? smiley


Annual Update and Let's Vote for the Public Prize
05/26/2016 - 11:09

Hi Jesto,

   Yes, I will update as soon as the winners are announced--I think November. (It's a lot easier to do it one year at a time than all 15 years!) In September, we will be able to vote for the Public Prize--I'll find out how we can register to vote and let everyone know what to do. (Maybe Alex or Dan already know and can tell us...?)

I hope that Vacheron Constantin enters one or more of their new Overseas watches--what beauties!heart



Re: Annual Update and Let's Vote for the Public Prize
06/06/2016 - 15:57

Hi Bill,

As a member of the GPHG jury, thank you for compiling this interesting list!

Thank you as well for pointing out a key aspect of the awards: the brands themselves have to enter the watches. We cannot evaluate or bring in watches that are not officially entered. Vacheron Constantin host a table at the GPHG dinner, but unfortunately have chosen to not participate in recent years.

For the public prize, I believe you'll find info on the GPHG website, or on, in due course. The full results will be published on both sites, as well as a number of others, shortly after this year's award ceremony, on November 10th (perhaps not until the 11th, but it'll be there!). In past years, you could also watch the award ceremony live online, and I presume it'll be the same this year.

If anyone has any questions about the GPHG, please feel free to ask! I can only answer in a personal capacity, and I cannot answer specific questions about why this or that watch won an award, but I can tell you about the process that the jury go through each year.

All the best,Sean

good to see you here Sean :-)
06/07/2016 - 09:17


I must take advantage of this generous invitation
06/07/2016 - 16:40

to ask a question!  The Watch Wiki entry on the GPHG, here:, describes the event as a child of the Swiss Watch Federation but membership composed mostly of Genevois interests, as well as the titular emphasis.  How are brands of other cantons represented?

I see TimeLab is also involved, as they were with the Concours international de chronométrie.  Sadly, this event has been "postponed" for 2017 due to lack of Manufacture interest (see communique here:  Is a similar situation brewing with the GPHG?

I think you've already cleared up my other question re comparison with the Academy Awards, since the brands must submit the entries for consideration.  With the movies, members of the Academy nominate entries directly. 

Re: I must take advantage of this generous invitation
06/08/2016 - 01:54

I'm not aware of any association with the FH, whether current or historical, with the GPHG. To my knowledge, it's currently run by a foundation, and the members that are listed in the watch wiki entry are correct.

It's called Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève because it is co-sponsored by the canton of Geneva, but it is not restricted to local brands; any brand that falls within the criteria can enter a watch. Generally, it's only limited in time (i.e. the watches are produced between certain relevant dates - this year it's after March 2015 and before November 30 2016), and they must also be commercialized, i.e. they cannot be concepts only. In fact, the jury members must have access to the all the watches when we meet for the last round, a few days before the award ceremony.

I've been on the jury for the past 4 editions, and each time we've had more than 200 watches entered in the first round, so I don't feel there's a lack of interest, and I would be surprised if there were signficantly fewer entries this year. We will get the list of this year's entries in mid-July.

Relative to the brand entries, we can make nominations, but these are suggestions only; the GPHG then approaches the brand in question to say that the jury have suggested that this or that watch be entered, at which point the brand makes the decision whether to follow up or not. The other key point is that the brands themselves also choose which category to present the watch in, and can only present one watch per category.

I hope this answers your questions!

from the Watch Wiki site, perhaps there is an error?
06/08/2016 - 23:45
Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève  

The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix) is the name of an annual watchmaking prize as well as the organization that awards it.

Awarded in November of each year since 2001, the GPHG includes prizes in important categories, including men's/women's, sport watch, technical innovation, and complication. There is also a prize for the best watch maker and a special jury prize. Originally given by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH), the GPHG became a registered public interest organization in 2011.


Re: from the Watch Wiki site, perhaps there is an error?
06/10/2016 - 12:02

As mentioned, I'm not aware of the FH being involved in the past; as far as I know, there's no relation at the moment.

Thanks Sean: GPHG is my learning tool
06/08/2016 - 11:47

Hi Sean,

Thanks for all of that informaiton. As a beginner in watch collection and interest in high horology (just started in January), I went though the GPGH awards as a learning exercise. If you could share some of the criteria used to judge watches, that would be very helpful. Then for voting on a watch in the Public category, we could use the same informed judgements. Here are the categories:


Ladies' High-Mech





Travel Time

Mechanical Exception

Petite Aiguille (Watches under 8k CH)


Artistic Crafts


I have a list of all of the categorical criteria, and I was interested in what it is that you look at when judging by that criteria.



Re: Thanks Sean: GPHG is my learning tool
06/10/2016 - 12:29

I'm afraid I can't go into that much detail, as it's very personal to each jury member, and we are required to keep our internal discussions confidential.

For the public prize, there's actually no technical criteria applied; it's whatever watch you like best from all of the finalists, i.e. the ones that the jury has pre-selected from the first round. You'll see when the watches are listed in due course.

Thanks again for your keen interest!

Thanks and Understood
06/11/2016 - 18:24

Hi Sean,

I completely understand. I've been involved in judging and while not watches, I do appreciate the personal nature of such evaluation.

I'll use the judging rules from GPHG and make up an online judging that we Loungers can use that has absolutely no influence on any outcomes but might be fun for us....if for nothng else to see how close we can come to the actual results! (Academy Awards punters do the same...)

Kindest regards,