Yesterday, the 15th annual Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) — aka the Oscars of timekeeping — announced the finalists for all 12 categories in competition.
The October 29th ceremony will be presided over by a judging panel of horological luminaries we can get behind. Among them: Dieter Meier — one-half of techno pop team Yello, responsible for the “Oh Yeah” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — and KISS drummer Eric Singer, who is apparently a notorious watch hound.
The prestigious categories include High-Mech, Chronograph, Tourbillon, Striking, Mechanical Exception and Petite Aiguille, which awards affordability (read: under 5,000 Swiss Francs).
Here are six of the raddest tickers that made the cut. Warning: mild sticker shock ahead.
BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO SMALL SECONDS in Pink Gold, $24k
MONTBLANC HERITAGE CHRONOMÉTRIE EXOTOURBILLON MINUTE CHRONOGRAPH VASCO DA GAMA – LIMITED EDITION 60 in White Gold, $48k
MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE N°6 in Titanium, $214k
AKRIVIA TOURBILLON CHIMING JUMP HOUR in Steel, $180k
A. LANGE & SÖHNE ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER in Platinum, $440k
JAQUET DROZ THE CHARMING BIRD in Or Gris, $411k