WATCHES: Best watches of 2019

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 14, 2019.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin won the CPHG’s top prize.

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THE votes have been counted and the results are in. The winner of watchmaking’s most prestigious industry award, the CPHG Aiguille D’Or, is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. This is the serially produced, commercially available version of a watch that readers may remember from its initial debut as the Royal Oak RD#2. Presented at the SIHH 2018, it was made of solid platinum and was an experimental prototype.

Today’s winning watch is made from titanium with a platinum bezel and polished platinum bracelet interlinks. Like the RD#2, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin measures just 41mm x 6.3mm with a perpetual calendar movement that clocks in at just 2.89mm thin. These record-breaking proportions were achieved by taking the classic, three-level perpetual calendar construction and compressing everything into one layer. The Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is an incredibly impressive watchmaking achievement and one that clearly impressed the Grand Prix jurors in Geneva, Switzerland.

Though Audemars Piguet has won several GPHG awards across numerous categories, this is the company’s first time taking home the top prize. — Bloomberg

This article was originally published on Hodinkee.

2019 winners
Aiguille D’Or: Audemars Piguet,
Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
Chronograph Watch Prize:
Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
Ladies’ Watch Prize:
Chanel, J12 Caliber 12.1
Diver’s Watch Prize:
Seiko, Prospex LX Line Diver’s
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize:
MB&F, Legacy Machine FlyingT
Jewellery Watch Prize:
Bvlgari, Serpenti Misteriosi Romani
Men’s Watch Prize:
Voutilainen, 28ti
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize:
Voutilainen, Starry Night Vine
Men’s Complication Watch Prize:
Audemars Piguet, Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Supersonnerie
“Petite Aiguille” Prize:
Kudoke, Kudoke 2
Iconic Watch Prize:
Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin
Challenge Watch Prize:
Tudor, Black Bay P01
Chronometry Watch Prize:
Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, Carburised steel regulator
Innovation Prize:
Vacheron Constantin, Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar
Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize:
Hermès, Arceau L’heure de la lune
Audacity Prize:
Urwerk, AMC
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize:
Genus, GNS1.2
“Horological Revelation” Prize:
Ming, 17.06 Copper
  Special Jury Prize:
Luc Pettavino, the founder and organiser of Only Watch