Each November the watch industry descends on Geneva for the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), where they award different watchmakers a series of accolades to commemorate their hard work from the past year. There are small changes to the format each year, with new prizes being introduced, old ones being phased out, and a rotating cast of characters from across the globe serving as the jury. The GPHG has just announced their updates and new jurors for this year, and we've got all the details for you.
First up, the jurors. There are 30 total jurors (down from 31 last year), including our very own editor-in-chief, Jack Forster, who is serving for the third time. New jurors include Jasem Al Zeraei (influencer, collector / Kuwait), Aldis Hodge (actor, watch designer / USA), Pierre Salanitro (CEO of Salanitro / Switzerland), Jiaxian Xu (collector and founder of SJXwatches.com / Singapore), Jessica Yu (founder of Hantang Culture / China) and Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet. Mr. Raffy earned his spot through Bovet taking the top prize at last year's GPHG, a tradition that is part of prize itself.
New jurors (clockwise from top left) Aldis Hodge, Jessica Yu, Jasen Al Zeraei, and Pierre Salanitro.
As for the awards, there are 19 total prizes given out, and they're given based on two rounds of voting from the jury (first a preliminary round to determine finalists and then a final round just days before the ceremony). A few of these prizes are new, including the Iconic Watch Prize which will be awarded to "the best watch from an emblematic collection that has been exercising a lasting influence on watchmaking history" and the Diver's Watch Prize for, you know, the best dive watch. These two prizes will be included amongst the Aiguille d'Or, Best High Complication, and the Calendar and Astronomy Watch prizes (amongst others). In order to win, nominees must submit their entries by June 21, 2019 with the winners being announced on November 7, 2019. *We'll have plenty of coverage for you every step of the way.
You can read more about the GPHG right here.*