— Seiko wins the “Petite Aiguille” prize at the 2014 Replica Watches Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
In an industry where many watches are feted with many prizes in many countries each year, one award stands far above all the others. It is the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Founded in 2001, it immediately became the watch industry’s “Oscars” and its award ceremony is now firmly established, alongside the Baselworld Fair, as one of the key dates in the watchmaking calendar.
On October 31, the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève award ceremony took place at the Grand Theatre de Genève. The “Petite Aiguille” category was open to any watch of any type under Sfr 8,000 in price and attracted a large entry. From the short list of six, the jury of 25 watch and luxury experts selected the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition as the winner.
For over half a century, Grand Seiko has been the very best of Seiko, and to see its beauty, durability, legibility and watchmaking excellence recognised by the most prestigious award in the industry is the greatest possible tribute to the Grand Seiko watchmakers and designers, past and present, who have dedicated their skill and talent to the creation of this remarkable collection.
The watch that won the “Petite Aiguille” award was first revealed at Baselworld 2014. It is the Hi-beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition (SBGJ005). The caliber has a high accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day and a power reserve of 55 hours. The GMT hand can be used as a dual time indicator with the hour hand being adjustable independently as the time of day hands continue to mark time.
Commenting on the award, the President of Seiko Watch Corporation, Shinji Hattori said, “ I am very grateful to the GPHG and its jury for their decision to award to Grand Seiko this most prestigious accolade. For 50 years, our Grand Seiko team has worked tirelessly to create the best possible functional watch in the world. The Hi-beat 36000 caliber is our proudest achievement so far and this award will spur us on to new achievements in the future.”