The luxury watch business awarded its top 2007 awards on Thursday at the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” ceremonies in Geneva, Switzerland.
The prestigious annual competition of hundreds of watches is judged by a jury of internationally-recognized experts, journalists and collectors and is open to all watch brands and companies. A public prize is also awarded, based on votes cast by consumers online or at a Geneva exhibition for the nominees.
Some 1,500 guests attended the2007 gala event and dinner at the city’s Grand Théâtre.
The 2007 winners are:
* The top prize, the “Prix de L’Aiguille d’Or” (“Golden Hand”), was awarded to the watch industry veteran Richard Mille’s platinum RM012 tourbillion watch.
Richard Mille’s award-winning RMO12
* The Jury Prize was won by the Reverso Grande Complication à Triptyque watch, by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
* The Lady’s Watch Prize was garnered by the Ballon Bleu timepiece by Cartier.
* The Men’s Watch Prize was awarded to Finish-born independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, now a Swiss resident, for his Observatoire wristwatch.
* The Watch Design award went to Audemars Piguet for its Millenary Watch with Deadbeat Seconds.
* The Jewelry Watch prize was awarded to Hublot’s $1 million diamond-studded Big Bang.
* The Prize for Watch with Complications went to by Harry Winston’s Tourbillon Glissière.
* The Sports Watch Prize was also won by Audemars Piguet, for its Chronographe Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team.
* The Public’s Prize (based on voting by consumers) was awarded to Zenith for its Defy Xtreme Open Stealth watch.