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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. Are You Prepared to Hear the AnswerMy name is Taj, and I m a relief support worker at The Mustard Seed, an organization working with individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty, in innercity Calgary. My job entails a variety of different roles, from working the front lines where I engage directly with the guests who access our services, to answering phone calls from those who find themselves suddenly on the streets with no idea where to go, to helping create and facilitate educational street experiences to teach kids and teenagers about homelessness and poverty. Those three little words are the opening to so many conversations. Think about the number of times you might use that line when you greet coworkers on a Monday morning at the office, or when you pick the kids up from school, or when you sit down for coffee with a good friend. It s a universal question that works well in a variety of settings. But have you ever stopped to think about the answer? Until I started working at The Mustard Seed about a year and a half ago, I asked and was asked that question several times a day. The reply I got, and the reply I gave, was almost always the same: I m good, thanks, and you? The response from the other person was inevitably something along the lines of, Good, thanks, or Not bad, thank you! It s a script where each speaker knows their lines; it s predictable, anticipated, and expected. You can imagine my surprise, then, during my first week of work at The Mustard Seed, when I sat down next to one of our guests at lunch. I played my part and asked, How s it going? Wait. What? Did she just say, NOT so good? This isn t how it s supposed to go. I know my lines. This isn t part of the script! What do I do now? Summoning all the intelligence I possessed in that moment, I managed to reply clumsily, Oh. I m sorry to hear that. Do you want to talk about it? She proceeded to spend the next hour telling me her life story of abuse and neglect, trauma no individual should ever have to experience, but which is all too common on the streets. Brand new on the job, I had no words of wisdom, no eloquent advice to give her. So I just listened. It was then that I made myself a promise: I would never again ask somebody, How s it going? if I wasn t prepared to hear the answer. That means that when I take paperwork across the street between our two buildings downtown a task that should take less than two minutes I allow myself half an hour, because I know, with complete certainty that I m going to run into somebody along the way who wants to talk about their day. But that s okay, because the truth is this: I want to know how they re doing. Sometimes it s not logistically possible for me to have an hourlong discussion with a single guest, because I have to attend meetings, or I m being radioed to provide assistance to another staff member, or I m already in the middle of a conversation with someone else. When that happens, I tell the person honestly, Hey, I really want to know how you re doing, but I know I m not able to give you the time you need right now. Will you be here in an hour so I can come find you and you can fill me in on what s been happening in your life? But never again will I casually call out, Hey, how s it going? over my shoulder as I m speedwalking past on my way to doing something else. My personal relationships have deepened so much because I stopped being willing to let the conversation end at the surface level of, Not bad, thanks, and you? If you re my friend and things are going well in your life, I want to know why they re going well and I want to celebrate with you. Conversely, if you re having a rough day, I want to know what happened, and let you know that I m there to support you in that time. As important as I ve realized this practice is in everyday relationships, it is even more important when working with vulnerable populations. Think about how often men and women on the streets are passed by without a second glance, how often we turn away or cross to the other side of the road just to avoid making eye contact with them. The homeless spend much of their lives feeling invisible, forgotten and utterly without value. What a tremendous blessing a genuine, unhurried conversation can be for these marginalized individuals! Something so easy and so simple can make a world of difference. So, let me ask you again: How s it going? a) Social Boundaries, its not a good idea to tell people your dark pain on initial meeting. It will make creating lasting relationships impossible. Small talk is one way we all connect socially without over sharing. b) Carry your own burdens, in my experience with traumatized people they tend to place their secrets and cross they carry onto other people because they never learned emotional selfreliance. c) Teach her to find new,more loving ways to define herself instead of by her story of pain and abuse. In any case, I enjoyed your article and do agree that one shouldn t ask questions one doesn t want to hear answer to!You acknowledge the superficiality of so many relationships social interactions today. The standard query how are you today, how is it going are offered with the expectation that they will elicit a quick response of fine, how are you? In our frenetic, internet linked in world, with casual acquaintances sometimes this quick response is the most expeditious for everyone. With people you know, family, relatives, coworkers, friends please take the time to ask listen. You may be the most important person in the world at that moment someone who made a difference in their lives by caring enough to really ask listen.