VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix to

be held on Nov 13.

The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix is what the Academy Awards or the Cannes Film Festival are to cinama: Essential

Brands submit watches to run in different categories and the jury (made of collectors and journalists) preselect 10 in each category and subsequently choose between the 10 the winner in each category. To see all categories click here 

Vacheron Constantin watches have been preselected to run for competition in two categories: the coveted Best Men's Watch and the Best Calendar Complication.

Men's Watch
The Quai de l'Ile is running in this category and without disrespect to the contenders if it doesn't win then I don't know what the jury was thinking (or smoking)

VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix to

The Contenders

Lange & Soehne : Grand Lange 1
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Audemars Piguet: Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar Anniversary
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Chanel J12 cal 3125
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DeGrosogono: Novantatre
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Franc Villa: Chronograph Master Quantieme Automatique
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Gerald Genta: Arena QP GMT
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Harry Winston: Ocean Dual Time
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Jaeger-Lecoultre: Memovox Tribute to Polaris
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Van Cleef and Arpels: Midnight in Paris
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Calendar Complication
Vacheron Constantin is competing with the Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Skeleton

VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix to


The Contenders


Arnold and Son: Hornet
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Audemars Piguet: Skeleton Equation of Time
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Bovet Fleurier: Perpetual Calendar with retrograde date
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Corum: Romulus Retrograde annual calendar
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DeWitt: Academia Perpetual Calendar GMT Nebula
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Franc Villa: FV a7 Mater Quantieme Automatique
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Guy Ellia: Time Space perpetual Calendar
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Harry Winston: Premier Excenter Perpetual Calendar
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Hermes: Dressage Annual Calendar
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My votes would go to (other than VC)

- Men's watch: Van Cleef Midnight in Paris (a beautifully poetic watch and a much cheaper version of the Patek Celestial  VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix to )
- Calendar: hermes Dressage, love the case and dial layout.

And you?
Re: VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix to
11/10/2008 - 13:28
I would go for the Lange & Sohne (my favorite and love platinum) in the first category and the Harry Winston in the second one. Love the idea of those excentered dials. And to be honnest I am not a fan of skeleton complication watches (sorryyyyyy)... I feel like I don't know where to rest my eyes.
Re: VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix to
11/10/2008 - 15:56
Thanks, Alex. For me, it would be... -Men's watch: VC QdI (for the combination of the basic design aspects and the semi-made-to-order concept) -Calendar watch: My heart goes to the VC but I too find the Hermes design appealing (the AP isn't bad either...). Okay, how about the rest of you?... Cheers, Kazumi
Definately Quai de l'Ile in Men's category but nothing in the
11/10/2008 - 16:12
Calendar category really rocks my boat.
Perfume companies??!!!?!
11/10/2008 - 16:45
I thought that Gerald Genta made the uglyest watches out there; I had no idea the competition was so stiff! I have to say that The Lange, the JLC and the AP I would rank ahead of the Vacheron, for men's watch. About the calender watches, all I can say is yuck. There is literally nothing I would put on my wrist from that group. My sense is that this post industrial phase is not going to be good for watch design. It just clutter for it's own sake.
Academy Awards analogy...
11/10/2008 - 18:05
It seems that actors are often rewarded with an Oscar for their body of work and not just the specific movie they are nominated for, true?  If this is the same, then VC already has an advantage simply due to history and prestige. However, the boutique and small manufacturers undoubtedly have very forward design concepts, as that is expected with their customer base and relatively low-volumes.  But the larger houses also must keep design longevity and consistency in mind as they will produce a design family for many years if they figured the style out right.  This puts VC at a disadvantage I think, as they must be more restrained. Case in point...some of the most provocative auto designs fizzle out in a year or two because the shock value has worn off and the bones of the design just don't hold up.  Ever seen the GM Aztek minivan? If the committee look only at the visual design then the QDI won't win.  If they look at the design as a base for continuous evolution and consider the manufacturing volume and custom options, then the QDI will win.  It depends if the purpose of this award is to stimulate design or production?
Well I'm pretty sure the Oscars are given for a specific
11/10/2008 - 18:33
movie/role even though the Life Achievement Award also exists. I don't know exactly what the jury is supposed to look at: design, functionality, long term look... but last year Kari Voutilainen and his Observatory won best Men's Watch award.  Voutilainen will be making less than 40 of these so I don't think the goal is to stimulate production even though obtaining the prix is important for brands and they certainly get some kind of commercial benefit from it.
To The Quai de l'Ile ,
11/10/2008 - 19:50
there is no challenger Love it    and looking forward holding one in my hands Cheers Doc
Seems that QDI is far far away (nt)
11/10/2008 - 20:26
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One is left to wonder as to what makes up the...
11/11/2008 - 02:56
preselection criteria as these groups are rather diverse in almost every respect. For the Men's Watch category, I have clearly already made my choice based upon my orders in April.   Quai de l'Ile is the winner for me but I ust say that the AP Jules Audemars QP Anniversary piece was quite stunning.  I loved the blue dial and have always found the traditional round case of the Jules Audemars line to be ideal for complications. For the Calendar category, I am not overwhelmed in large part due to my, similar to Tacha, lack of enthusiasm for skeletonized perpetual calendars.  Both the AP and VC pieces are beautifully crafted works of art but they aren't for me.  Now, if the AP Jules Audemar Anniversary piece was shifted to this category, then my selection dilemma would be solved. Cheers, Duncan
For grande complication, I'd staright away choose VC
11/11/2008 - 03:49
my favorite. As for men's watch, I am not sure....the choices seem too broad. Wonder what the criteria is...
Re: VC selected in 2 categories for the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix
11/11/2008 - 06:13
Most of these shout "gimicky" to me. Compared to most of them the QdI is the epitome of restraint! Some of the colour combos are interesting, ie the Franc Villa perpetual with the RG and deep blue. The AP perpetual anniversary has a lovely deep blue dial buts what's it doing in the first category? It looks a lot like the VC non-skeleton version perpetual. I wonder if the planesphere in the VanCleef & Arpels really works or is it just decorative? Certainly the QdI would be my choice too but I can't see a second one I would choose. Regards, JB
For Men's watch, no doubt to select QdI, by far!
11/11/2008 - 13:17
For Calendar Complication, I don't know as none of them sounds a bell to me!
QdI two thumbs up for a men's watch!
11/11/2008 - 22:02

If it wasn't there to choose I would vote for Grand Lange 1.

I do not have any favorites in the calendar complication category...

The QdI, bien sur...
11/12/2008 - 12:24
I really hope that it wins, because in terms of looks it is the best by far IMO, but the fact that the watch can be personalised is such a revolutionary concept in haute horlogerie and I do hope that this gets recognized. I wonder if the QdI will get credit for its personalisation feature, or if the watch has to be presented in a specific metal combo and is judged as is...  Regarding the other candidates, I must say that I am not particularly impressed.  The Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar Anniversary is very nice, and would get my vote as second best. I do like the style of both Franc Villa - that said I have no clue how much they go for, and what is their size...  Cheers,  Francois