The Grand Prix (Of Watchmaking) Hits Sydney
We take you inside the Australian showing of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
Last Friday, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) kicked off its international roadshow with a lavish inaugural display in Sydney – as organised in partnership with The Hour Glass.
A tightly-held guest list of local horological devotees – Olympian Ian Thorpe, Robb Report (naturally) and Swiss Ambassador, His Excellency Pedro Zwahlen, among them – were gifted the opportunity to get up close to 84 incredibly impressive timepieces pre-selected by the 2019 jury.
“The Hour Glass mission has always been to advance watch culture around the world, and it gives us no greater pleasure than to introduce the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève to watch enthusiasts in Sydney,” chimed a clearly chuffed Michael Tay, co-group managing director of The Hour Glass and member of the 2019 GPHG jury.
Some of the pieces – from more than 50 brands on display – included the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, Jacob&Co’s Astronomia Dragon and Hermès Arceau L’heure de la lune.
From Sydney the roadshow heads to Bangkok before Mexico and onto Geneva where the 19th GPHG awards ceremony will be held on November 7th.
All pre-selected watches are vying for the lauded Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix.