The luxury watch business awarded its top 2006 awards Thursday at the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” ceremonies in Geneva, Switzerland. The prestigious annual jury-judged competition is open to all watch brands and companies, and isn’t limited to Swiss ones. Some 1,500 guests attended the gala event and dinner at the city’s Grand Théâtre.
These are the 2006 winners.
* The top prize, the “Prix de L’Aiguille d’Or” (the “Golden Hand” award), again went to Geneva watchmaker François-Paul Journe for his Grande et Petite Sonnerie Souveraine timepiece (with quarter, hour and minute repeater). The timepiece caps six years development and its complex but durable mechanism has 10 patents.
* The Jury Prize went to German luxury brand Lange & Söhne, another past winner in this category, for its Tourbograph timepiece.
* The Lady’s Watch Prize went to Patek Philippe for its Gondolo Gemma.
* The Men’s Watch Prize was awarded to Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Triple Time Zone timepiece.
* The Prize for Watch Design went to the limited edition Cartier Santos Mystérieuse.
* The Lady’s Jewelry Watch was given to Piaget’s Limelight Party timepiece.
* The Prize for Watch with Complication was awarded to H. Moser & Cie for its Moser Perpetual 1.
* The Sports Watch Award was won by two brands—Chopard’s L.U.C. Extra Plate and TAG Heuer’s Carrera Calibre 360.
* The Digital Watch Prize was awarded to Seiko for its ‘Electronic Ink’ Watch.
* The Public’s Prize (based on voting by consumers) went to Breguet’s Classique 5177 (with lever and escape wheel in silicon).