Winners of the Swiss watch industry’s “Oscars” for 2014 have just been announced, with the major prize going to Breguet and category awards covering a spread of brands from A.Lange & Sohne to Zenith.
The judges awarded the coveted “Aiguille d’Or” distinction to Breguet for their Classic Chronométrie model, pictured above, while 16 other prizes covered categories from chronographs to jewelled triumphs.
Surprises? Naturally the Swiss dominated proceedings, but not exclusively; Netherlands brand Gronefeld took out the tourbillon prize, Grand Seiko the small complication prize, and the Special Jury prize was awarded to revered German watchmaker Walter Lange.
The award giving ceremony attracted 1500 guests including influential figures from the world of watchmaking, finance and politics, while a record number of entries was received from every major watchmaking group as well as independents.
And the winners are:
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Breguet, Classique Chronométrie
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Blancpain, Women Off-Centred Hour
Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize: Christophe Claret, Margot
Men’s Watch Prize: Urban Jürgensen & Sonner, Central Second
Chronograph Watch Prize: De Bethune, DB29 Maxichrono
Tourbillon Watch Prize: Grönefeld, Parallax Tourbillon
Calendar Watch Prize: A. Lange & Söhne, Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”
Striking Watch Prize: Hublot, Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Urwerk, EMC
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Seiko, Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT
Sports Watch Prize: Zenith, El Primero Lightweight
Jewellery Watch Prize: Bulgari, Diva High Jewellery Emeralds
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Hisui
“Revival” Watch Prize: Omega, Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon”
Innovation Watch Prize: Urwerk, EMC
Special Jury Prize: Walter Lange