Watchmakers are designing and tailoring their watches with precision without lacking the design and functionality of the watch’s mechanism. Watch enthusiasts have trawled through timepiece after timepiece to find the best watch in particular categories that have exceptional complications.
People who are truly passionate about the world of horology sometimes are lost when finding out which timepieces are award winners. Due to the innovation of technology being applied to engineer or re-engineer watches, it’s difficult to tell which watches are the real winner. Keep in mind that all timepieces are worth the time to invest despite their brand.
Top watchmakers and manufacturers from all over the world gather for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, or GPHG, to receive awards and a series of accolades. These awards and accolades are given every year as a commemoration to different watchmakers for their hard work and effort. Here are the best award-winning watches.
Best Value Watch of the Year: Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 39mm is a new diving watch created to pay tribute to Tudor’s very first diver’s watch, the Tudor Submariner Big Crown 7924. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch features the new manufacture MT5402 movement, a self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor system.
The most fascinating factor of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is its 39mm size compared to that of the original Black Bay, which is 41mm. The smaller size of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight along with the retro design gives it a vintage look. Watch enthusiasts who love vintage watches instantly give attention to vintage-looking watches.
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight looks smaller and thinner with tapered and curved edges that makes it look more elegant. Further, the back case of the watch has been slightly raised while the width of the lug has been reduced to match the thin bracelet. Decreasing the overall size of the watch makes it much more comfortable on the wrist.
The Icon and Best Watch of the Year: Rolex GMT-Master II
The reason why Rolex GMT-Master II was made in the first place was to enable airline pilots to professionally use the watch to aid them during intercontinental flights. Its durability is one of the reasons why GMT-Master II has been crowned the best watch of the year.
Further, the design of the GMT-Master II consists of a two-color Cerachrom combination inside a red and blue single-piece ceramic component, making the watch an icon. The two-color Cerachrom inserted in blue and red ceramic is the very first in the world.
Technical Innovation of the Year: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette
With the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette being the watch with the technical innovation of the year, it also simultaneously broke three world’s records. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is the world’s thinnest automatic watch, thinnest automatic tourbillon, and the world’s thinnest tourbillon.
Despite having a daring design, the watch also features the highest precision. The special features of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette watch consist of the ultra-thin mechanical skeleton movement, manual winding, and ball-bearings system encased in platinum.
The inspiration for the design of the watch came from the 310 AD Roman Massentius Basilica, thus having a unique octagonal design combined with exceptional mechanisms. The watch embodies the idea of complex simplicity with the purpose to unveil the intricate world of horological movements using the linear shapes of the watch.
The craftsmanship and engineering of timepieces are improving every year due to the innovation of technology. Watchmakers and manufacturers are constantly keeping up with what technology has to offer in order to improve and enhance their products.
Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Rolex’ GMT Master II, and Bulgari’s Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette are just a few of the watches that received awards and accolades. The upcoming Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève could even increase the numbers of the best award-winning watches.
Lillian is an editor from thewatchcompany.com. She has a love for design and craftsmanship that leads to her dream of making her own best luxury watch collection. She believes that good watches are timeless.