In August, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve (the so-called Oscars of Watchmaking) announced that a whopping 181 watches were competing for the best of the best of this year’s new watch releases in their respective categories. Now, months later, we finally have the results. While the winners were chosen for 15 categories (you can see them all here), we went through and picked our six favorites.
Longines Avigation Big Eye
Longines has been killing it with its heritage-inspired lineup, and the Longines Avigation Big Eye — this year’s winner for the best watch revival — is the latest addition. According to the brand, it’s a reissue of a military chronograph released in 1971. It features a disproportionately large chronograph seconds register as the “big eye,” making it easier to read running seconds than on a regular chronograph.
Tudor Black Bay Chrono
The winner for “Petite Aiguille” (watches coming in at under 8,000 Swiss Francs) is the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. It’s the first watch in the Black Bay line to feature a chronograph movement and the first Tudor to use the new caliber MT5813 which was created in collaboration with Breitling.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic took home the award for the best overall men’s watch. At just 5.15mm thick, it’s currently the thinnest automatic watch in the world thanks to a super-thin, self-winding movement that’s just 2.23mm thick inside the bold titanium case.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversari
The award for the best chronograph went to Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda Chronor Anniversari, which no doubt won for its astounding movement. Besides its intigrated construction (the chronograph fucntion is not a module) it’s made from gold, featured a rattrapante (split-seconds) function and operates at a high frequency of 36,000 ticks per hour.
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde
A Parmigiani Fleurier also won the award for best travel watch with its Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde, which tracks both the minutes and hours of two seperate timezones at one time. The gorgeous rose gold case and spakle-textured white dial make this as much art as it is a timekeeping device.
Vacheron Constantin Les Caninotiers Celestia
Vacheron Constantin’s absurd Celestia deservidly won the “Mechanical Exception” award. It packs an astounding 23 complications into a wearable 45mm x 13.6mm case. In addition to complications like a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and moonphase it includes some pretty out there functions like a 3D representation of the earth’s alignment with the sun and moon, a sunrise and sunset indicator, and even a Zodiac sign sign indicator.