Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève announce their shortlist for 2017

The shortlist for the Oscar of the watch world, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève's Aiguille d'Or, has been released and there is much to be excited about from the 72 selected timepieces.

Spread across 12 categories – the likes of which include Chronograph, Mechanical Exception, Ladies' High-Mech and Sport – each of the six nominated have become icons in their own right, and the best new releases of the previous year.

While plenty of the big names are unsurprisingly present, there have also been several surprise entrants make the shortlist – including the first smartwatches under the Petite Aiguille category.

Rewarding ingenuity

Speaking to the Editor-in-Chief of the GPHG, Carine Maillard, Director of the GPHG, says that while each category has remained consistent, this year has seen some fine tuning to the definitions and requirements for entry.

"We try to keep things consistent but at the same time adapt to the evolution of the market," Maillard explained.

"This is why we enhanced the Tourbillon category this year by including watches with special escapements. We also did some fine tuning in the Men's watch category, which now accepts classic watches without any complications but with a digital or retrograde display. Furthermore, the Innovation Prize returns this year to reward a watch that offers an innovative way of measuring time or opens new paths in the development of the art of watchmaking. It is an optional prize that is awarded at the discretion of the jury."

The winner's predictions

Last year, the winner of the coveted Aiguille d'Or was the Ferdinand Berthoud Chronometrie FB 1 – an incredibly thoughtful timepiece that "resurrected" the name and groundbreaking heritage of the the 18th Century Swiss watchmaker Ferdinand Berthoud.

This year, pundits are struggling to pick just one clear standout with multiple creations tipped as top contenders including the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph, the Armin Strom Resonance, the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia, the MB&F HM7 Aquapod or the David Candaux watch.

To see our favourites from this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, head to the gallery above.