We’re heading into awards season for the watch industry, and they don’t come much more glamorous or glitzy than the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), which is set to take place in — you guessed it — Geneva on November 7. There are 84 watches vying to be named best in show, and the competition is fierce. Unfortunately for us, the awards are also on the other side of the world, making it a bit of a mission to attend the big night. But your chances of being able to get up close and personal with the year’s best watches just became a little higher, as the competing watches have hit the road. And Australia is the first cab off the rank. The Hour Glass is to host the GPHG Exhibition, for the first time coming to Australia, at their Sydney boutique. The watches will be on show from 11am to 4pm on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of September.
And while we’d encourage vigorous debate as to which watches should win (see our social media comments section for that), we’ve also picked a few of our favourite contenders out of the pack, and put together this snappy little highlight reel.
MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
Serious independent watchmaking made with women in mind. Already a winner in our books.
Tudor Black Bay P01
The most controversial Black Bay to date. See it IRL before making final judgement.
Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT 3D Carbon
Hublot take an exciting new design direction, with a little help from Ferrari.
De Bethune DB28GS Grand Bleu
Look, we’re not saying they’ve reinvented the dive watch … but have you seen a diver that looks like this before?
TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Nanograph
Carbon tech meets carbon style in TAG Heuer’s attention-grabbing tourbillon.
Chopard L.U.C Chrono One Flyback
Old-world charm meets new metal alloys in this beefed-up L.U.C Chronograph.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire
The bronze age is back with a vengeance at IWC, as this on-point retro chrono proves.
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar
You’ve seen the pics, but in the case of the 11.59 they tell only half the story. We suggest seeing this one in real life.
There’s nowhere for the gorgeous bridges and gears of GP’s futuristic masterpiece to hide in this sapphire-cased beauty. Not that there’s anything you wouldn’t want to see.
Zenith Defy Inventor
Arguably the most important chronometric innovation since the work of Huygens. We reckon this one has to win …
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