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WORLDTEMPUS 21 November 2011Elizabeth DoerrThe Swatch Group, Rolex and Patek Philippe have not participated within the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie for a lot of several years. In a very way this is really a shame, but in another way it does depart place with the jury to honor yet another facet of watchmaking that has only not too long ago begun to get much-deserved accolades. Impartial watchmaking continues to return out from driving the shadow of the loaded and famed Swiss brands to experience the honors it warrants because the eleventh edition of the Swiss city's most prestigious awards shown previous night.
The 11th edition in the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve passed off in Geneva's regal Grand Theatre, illuminated by Gerry Hofstetter.
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A reorganization with the foundation overseeing the GPGH has resulted within an enlarged jury that now contains three world-renowned vendors and distributers, journalists, gurus and perhaps collectors in addition to a procedure of top secret voting that enables even the most timid jury members to talk their minds. The new jury also comprises associates of the city and canton of Geneva, Timelab (which oversees the Seal of Geneva) plus the MIH the Musee Intercontinental d'Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, considered one of by far the most significant cultural establishments in watchmaking. Ninety-one brand names submitted a total of 246 replica watches to seven jury-presided classes, which voted them all the way down to a top rated ten in every single classification, prior to shortlisting the top 3, using the winning replica watches announced past evening. The ceremony as normal started right promptly. The mayor of Geneva proclaimed an abundance of creativity and tipped his hat to your "artisans and creators creating these complicated issues we love. "The winnersThe design category was hotly contested, on top of that to getting totally misnomered. With the ultimate 3 Eva Leube's outstanding Ari, Hautlence's awe-inspiring HL two. 2 and Urwerk's intense UR-110 the jury chose a highly deserving Urwerk.
This year's GPGH winners with Micheline Calmy-Rey, president of Switzerland, inside the middle.
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In voting the ladies' group, it became apparent which the jury experienced no women on it. Boucheron took household the trophy for its gem-studded oeuvre Nuts Jungle Hathi. Although it was just about unattainable to understand in which the main difference in these two classes lay, the just one labeled "jewelry and metiers d'art" arrived absent that has a most deserving winner: Van Cleef Arpels' Girl Arpels Polar Landscape Seal, which capabilities an inventive melange of engraving, enameling and stone get the job done. The hotly contested group for men's replica watch in the year was also a tossup when it comes to top quality and ingenuity, though the jury went for poetry eventually, awarding the dignity to some deserving Hermes Arceau Temps Suspendu. With a drive on the button, this manually wound replica watch hides time and the date, therefore allowing its wearer to enjoy everyday living with no stress of worrying concerning the time. Not greatly stunning, TAG Heuer took house the award for very best sporting activities watch: the Mikrotimer Traveling a thousand Chronograph. Sebastian Whitstone, president of the GPGH jury, individually handed the award with the best difficult replica watch to Jean-Frederic Dufour, CEO of Zenith, for your Academy Christophe Colomb Equation du Temps. Dufour described this was considered one of just about three hundred awards Zenith has acquired throughout the company's record and cited the trustworthiness of its timepieces. The Petite Aiguille to the finest replica watch priced below 5,000 Swiss francs went to Montblanc for that Star Worldtime GMT Computerized. The Prix Publique (General public Prize), which was voted on by readers for the GPGH touring exhibition in four important metropolitan areas (Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Geneva), was given to Audemars Piguet for its Millenary 4101. CEO Philippe Merk was visibly happy as he recognized the trophy for this revolutionary timepiece. Particular prizesThe jury also presided around 3 exclusive categories. The Patek Philippe Museum received the Distinctive Prize of the Jury, which can be awarded to any person or entity within the realm of horology. The very best watchmaker-concepteur award went to Vianney Halter, who been given it from MIH curator Ludwig Oechslin. "Watchmaking has been a voyage," Halter said, comparing the belief of the timepiece into a journey. He explained himself as an explorer, but also took time for you to thank those people which have motivated his route, amongst them Pierre Maillard, Philippe Dufour and Robert Greubel.
Vianney Halter accepts his award for greatest watchmaker-concepteur in the 12 months with a passionate speech about his journey
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The past award in the night was simultaneously probably the most anticipated: Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, who won the Aiguille d'Or last yr for their eponymous brand name, individually handed it to this year's receiver of it. De Bethune was named on the phase amidst grand applause. In receiving the award, complex director Denis Flageollet explained the independent scene as "a grand horological family members. " He also described the intention from the model he launched jointly with David Zanetta as striving to "search and go ahead. " Zanetta explained that "watchmaking is really an artwork and also a science at the identical time. The aim just isn't to help make extra replica watches, but for making greater replica watches. "
In his acceptance speech, De Bethune co-founder Denis Flageollet paid homage to absolutely all the crafts linked to a closing watch.
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The glorious evening was shut by a speech from Swiss president Micheline Calmy-Rey. Introducing Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication | ATimelyPerspective
Van Cleef Arpels Midnight Planetarium on the wrist. Its been an incredible week of astronomical replica watches, but now we bring you the piece de resistance: the enchanting Van Cleef Arpels Poetic Astronomy watch. We love this timepiece and even though it could cost the price of a small house you get the reality of the solar system on your wrist! The only thing is, since the rotation around the sun of the six three-dimensional planets depicted on this dial reflect reality, Saturn will only circle the dial once every 29 years! Patience is a virtue here. Self-winding mechanical movement with aChristiaan van der Klaauw module developedExclusively for Van Cleef ArpelsVanCleef Arpels is no stranger to trying to tame the heavens and bring them to wrist proportions. This brand embarked on the project a decade ago, and has unveiled such astronomical beauties as the Lady Arpels Day Night and the Midnight in Paris, among others, in its Poetic Astronomy line. Now, the brand unveils the Midnight Planetarium replica watch with a stunning aventurine dial and a three-dimensional solar system. Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication in -Pink gold case, 44mm diameterTo create this astonishing Poetic Complication watch, the brand turned to the master of astronomical timepieces Christiaan van der Klaauw (whom we wrote about here yesterday). With van der Klaauw, Van Cleef Arpels created the highly complex 396-part self-winding movement with a dedicated planetarium module that moves s each planet in real-time rotation. The replica watch features six miniaturized planets arranged around the sun in their correct line up: Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Not only is the positioning of the planets correct, but also, the rotation of them around the sun (the dial) is accurate, as well. While Saturn will rotate only once in a little over 29 years, Jupiter will take nearly 12 years, Mars will rotate in 687 days (just under two years), Earth in 365 days, Mercury rotates the dial every 224 days and Venus will rotate every 88 days. -Dial: pink gold, aventurine, serpentine,chloromelanite, turquoise, red jasper, blue agateand sugiliteThe stunning Extraordinary Dial of the captivating replica watch is aventurine and each of the planets is created using a precious stone: Earth is turquoise, Mercury is serpentine, Venus is chloromelanite, Mars is red jasper, Jupiter is blue agate and Saturn is stunning sugilite. The sun is created in 18-karat gold. Each element is fixed on its own aventurine disk and then set into concentric alignment. The replica watch was three years in the making. Reading the time on this beauty is simple: a shooting star on the periphery marks it for you. Located at the outer edge of the dial, the star completes its circuit in 24 hours. The day, monthand year can be viewed through two apertures on the dial, and through the transparent sapphire caseback, one can view the stunning rotor- embellished with stars. There is also a tiny extra surprise (typical of Van Cleef Arpels), using a rotating bezel, the wearer can select a special lucky day by positing a red triangle against a graduated calendar, and on that day, the Earth will move to? position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal. Even the rotor has stars on it. Nicolas Bos, CEO of Van Cleef Arpels, told ATimelyPerspective in an exclusive interview that the replica watch movement was three years in the making. "We knew we wanted to add new chapters to our Poetic Complications stories, as we always love to reinforce our identity and tell intricate stories. Everyone loves the heavens, the moon and sun. Having it in reality on the wrist is like a dream come true. "This dream come true, created in a numbered edition, could be yours for the price of $245,000, or with a bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds for $330,000. replica watch the video below, and reach for the stars.