F.P. Journe, FHH Take Watchmaking Awards

The Swiss luxury watch industry presented its top awards for 2008 at the eighth watchmaking Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève ceremonies in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 13. The prestigious jury-judged competition is open to all watch brands and companies.

Some 1,500 guests, including leading officials, journalists, and aficionados of the watchmaking world, attended the annual gala event at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre (pictured).

The top prize, L’Aiguille d’Or (“Golden Hand”), was awarded to François-Paul Journe’s Centigraph Souverain (pictured). It’s the third time since 2002 that Journe has won L’Aiguille d’Or, and the sixth time has won one of the event’s other prizes.

The Special Jury Prize went to by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. It’s the first time the prize was given to an organization in the watchmaking industry instead do a timepiece. The award was presented in recognition of the FHH’s efforts to promote “the culture and expertise of fine watchmaking.”

The other categories and winners were:

* Best Watchmaker Prize. To Giulio Papi, who has worked with a number of prestigious brands and is regarded as one of Switzerland’s leading watchmakers.

* Favorite Ladies Watch. To Piaget’s Limelight Magic Hour.

* Favorite Men’s Watch. To Vacheron Constantin’s innovative Quai de l’Ile, which has proprietary anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft features.

* Favorite Design Watch. To Concord’s C1 Tourbillon Gravity timepiece.

* Favorite Jewelry Watch. To Audemars Piguet’s Millenary Pianoforte.

* Favorite Watch with complication. To Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2.

* Favorite Sports Watch. To TAG Heuer’s Grande Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronographe.

* Favorite Full Calendar Watch. To Audemars Piguet’s Equation du Temps Squelette Jules Audemars timepiece.

* The Public Prize ((based on voting by consumers))To Maurice Lacroix’s Starside Eternal Moon watch.