There is still time to jump on a flight and make it to Europe for the big red carpet awards of the watch industry. The GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve) takes place this Thursday, November 10 at 630 p.m. With a following trip to London for the annual WatchPro Salon.
At the iconic Theatre du Lac Leman in Geneva, watch brands, executives and others will gather for the awards ceremony to see which brands, and, more specifically, which watches will win this year’s competition.
Nearly 100 watches are vying for top spots in 14 different categories (six nominees for each category), including complications, tourbillons, mechanical exception, jewelry, iconic watches and more. The ceremony can also be watched digitally on a host of channels, including the GPHG platforms, as well as via partner websites.
After the GPHG, take a quick flight to London to catch up with nearly 50 top brands and a host of watch collectors at the WatchPro Salon. The event takes place November 11 and 12 at The Londoner on Leicester Square, one of the most luxurious contemporary hotels in the city.
The lineup includes a special session with Kathleen McGivney, co-founder of Redbar — the biggest watch collectors’ club in the world with more than 8,500 members and 80 chapters in major cities around the world. Fratello Watches and Speedy Tuesday founder Jan Broer will discuss the Speedy Tuesday community and how it came into being a decade ago
Additionally, Silas Walton, founder and managing director of A Collected Man, is chairing a panel discussion on watch design. A Collected Man, which trades in ultra-rare vintage watches, set a world record for the sale of a Philippe Dufour Grande et Petite Sonnerie watch for $7.63 million (£5 million) in the summer of 2021. For a cool twist, Mo Coppoletta, a London-based tattoo artist who has collaborated on watches for brands such as Romain Jerome, Montblanc and Bulgari, will be joining the panel.
The list goes on and on, and naturally, there will be a host of great timepieces to lust over. In fact, some brands are introducing new timepieces at this year’s show.