Discover the Exceptional Timepieces: The Hour Glass Presents 2023 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) Nominees On A Traveling Exhibition With A Stopover In Kuala Lumpur, The
Only City In South East Asia.
While the world of watches lacks an equivalent to the Academy Awards, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is perhaps the closest the watch industry comes to a peer-nominated awards program with the significant level of prestige it deserves. Guess what, watch enthusiasts? The GPHG 2023 awards just dropped their shortlist, and now these superstar timepieces are hitting the road for a globe-trotting exhibition! Kuala Lumpur, get ready because the watch world is coming to town!
The one and only watch specialist, The Hour Glass, is turning Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Centre Court into a horological wonderland from October 5th to 8th, 2023.
Eighty-four watches from 14 of the awards’ 15 categories will offer enthusiasts in the region aglimpse into thepinnacle of contemporary watchmaking. The 14 categories comprise theMen’s and Ladies’, Men’s and Ladies’ Complications, Iconic, Tourbillon, Calendar andAstronomy, Mechanical Exception, Chronograph, Sports, Jewellery, Artistic Crafts, Challengeor entry-level and “Petite Aiguille” or mid-range priced.
Winners for these prestigious awards in 2022 include MB&F, whose Legacy Machine Sequential Evo watch took home the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix or best in class prize, TAG Heuer (Iconic Watch Prize for the Monaco X Gulf), and Akrivia (Men’s Watch Prize for the Chronomètre Contemporain II).
To celebrate the auspicious occasion, The Hour Glass is hosting a series ofinteractive eventsthroughout the traveling exhibition’s stop in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to delighting collectorsand enthusiasts with events such as a watch photography workshop, the programme also includes a DIY mechanical clock workshop and a colouring session with Hublot for children tocultivate an early appreciation for the art of watchmaking.
The GPHG is a distinctive organisation and platform that honours horological innovation, design and craftsmanship. By selecting Kuala Lumpur, it is an affirmation of this city’s growing importance in the watchmaking world. This is aligned with The Hour Glass’ mission to advance watch culture, offering our community of enthusiasts access to some of the most extraordinary watches of our generation
“Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève partners comprise an elite group of connoisseurs who
authentically represent and promote the highest tenets of haute horlogerie,” says Raymond
Loretan, president of the GPHG Foundation. “The Hour Glass has consistently displayed its
expertise and discernment in this area, and we are proud to once again have them join us as
a partner and sit on the jury for the 2023 awards.”
Malaysia marks the third stop on a worldwide tour that commenced in Macao and continued
to Hong Kong. Other cities to host the traveling exhibition include New York, Geneva, Dubai,
and then culminates in Zurich.
A Celebration of Excellence
The Geneva stop coincides with the GPHG prize-giving ceremony, which will take place at the
Théâtre du Léman on 9th November 2023. All nominated watches will be presented here and
winners for the coveted 20 or so prizes, including the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix (Best in Show)
distinction, will be announced following a closed-door selection by the GPHG Jury.
Created in 2001, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has been recognised as a
public interest organisation since 2011 and is overseen by the Canton and City of Geneva. Its
primary purpose is to highlight and reward the most remarkable contemporary creations from
the watchmaking world and promote its art, traditions, and innovation worldwide.
The most notable way it does this is through the GPHG awards ceremony, an annual
competition involving several hundreds of watches marketed during the year and attributing to
the highest awards in this domain.
Held in November of each year, the awards draw elite representatives of the international
watchmaking profession, united in honouring the finest creations and creators who breathe
vitality and creativity into the watchmaking world.
About the GPHG
The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), a strategic instrument in promoting new
models within the industry, has for more than 20 years been pursuing its mission as an
international showcase for the art of watchmaking. It does so with the support of its public and
private partners, notably its main partner FGP Swiss & Alps, as well as thanks to the dedicated
participation of industry stakeholders.
For more information, visit GPHG website:
About The Hour Glass
At The Hour Glass, our mission is to advance watch culture. Known for our thoughtfully curated
selection of brands, a passion for designing immersive retail experiences and our team of
knowledgeable specialists, we strive to become the primary port of call for all watch
enthusiasts and collectors alike. We eagerly look forward to assisting you on your collecting
journey across our network of over 55 boutiques.