The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has revealed the long list of watches that will compete for this year’s awards.
Around 200 watches have made the list this year, including pieces from Swatch Group, Richemont and LVMH maisons.
Patek Philippe, Rolex and Omega, the world’s three biggest brands, have once again chosen not to participate.
The long list has been divided up into 12 categories in an effort to ensure timepieces compete with each other in broadly similar lists, although the diversity of watches in the competition makes this a challenge.
The 2018 Grand Prix is the 18th edition, and will be judged by a jury of 31 watch experts.
The long list published this week will be whittled down to a shortlist that will be published on September 1. The ultimate winners will be announced on November 9.
Two new prizes are joining the 2018 roster. With the Challenge Watch Prize reserved for watches retailing at less than CHF 4,000 and including smartwatches from TAG Heuer, Frederique Constant and Louis Vuitton. The other newcomer is the Audacity Prize, which will enable the jury to honour a bold and offbeat approach to watchmaking.
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