“Year’s Best” honors were awarded in the Swiss watch industry at the end of 2005.
Vacheron Constantin’s dual-faced Tour de l’Île, the world’s most complicated wristwatch, won the L’Aiguille d’Or, top prize in the 2005 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. It was created to celebrate the company’s 250th anniversary in 2005.
The prize was awarded Nov. 10 at the annual Grand Prix d’Horlogerie gala. Winners in other categories were:
Breguet’s Tradition Breguet 7027 timepiece (Jury Award); TAG Heuer’s Diamond Fiction and Van Cleef & Arpels’s Secret (sharing the Lady’s Watch honors); F.P. Journe’s Invenit et Fecit (Men’s Watch); Hublot’s Big Bang White Ceramik (Watch Design); Patek Philippe’s Chronograph rattrapante, ref. 5959P (Watch with Complications); DeWitt’s Le Tourbillon differential Acadamia (Technical Innovation); Jaeger LeCoultre’s Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph (Sports Watch); Cartier’s Diagonale (Public Prize, voted by the public); and Franck Muller’s 7885 RMT QP (Middle East Public Prize).
Breguet’s Tradition watch was also voted “Watch of the Year 2005” by a jury of industry professionals for the Montres Passion and Uhrenwelt watch trade publications.