At the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, GPHG (Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix), Breguet won the most prestigious prize of "Aiguille d'Or" for the Classique Chronométrie during the annual awards ceremony held at Geneva's Grand Théâtre.
Mr. Johann Schneider-Ammann, Swiss Federal Councilor, presented this coveted award in front of an assembly of more than one thousand guests comprised of watchmaking experts and influential notables from the fields of art, politics and economics. The televised occasion opened with the Breguet Classique Dame winning the Public Prize.
These exceptional results signal Breguet's outstanding comeback at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). Nominated for the GPHG's grand finale along with 71 other timepieces, the Breguet Classique Chronométrie competed in the Men's category.
Its recent distinction pays tribute to the dedication of President & CEO Mr. Marc A. Hayek's teams and rewards the brand's continual investments in the research and development of new technologies and materials to improve the precision of mechanical watches.
Breguet's mastery of silicon enabled the Classique Chronométrie, fitted with calibre 574DR, to reach a high frequency of 10 Hz and thus to deliver impressive rating results. However, the major innovation of this 7727 model is without doubt the use of magnetic pivots.
Members of the Jury
With this invention, Breguet not only controls the negative effects of magnetism in a watch, but also uses magnetic force to improve the pivoting, rotation and stability of the balance staff. The result of these developments protected by no fewer than six patents is an average rate of -1/+3 seconds a day, well within the COSC chronometer standard (-4/+6 seconds a day).
Watch Classique Dame, one of the six total Breguet pieces nominated to the GPHG's shortlist, competed in the Women's category. It received the most popular votes during the international exhibitions preceding the GPHG's ceremony and on the Internet.
The Classique Dame, a particularly slim watch, shows the hours, minutes and seconds as well as the dates in an aperture. Once again, the heart of this watch is a mechanical movement with a silicon balance spring.
This is Breguet's way of demonstrating that it gives women the benefit of the latest innovations in their watches. Taste and charm come naturally into play on an uncluttered, engine-turned dial, while the bezel and lugs are set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
With its open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel, fine fluting on the caseband and secret signature, this model is unmistakably a Breguet classic. Watches Classique Chronométrie and Classique Dame will be displayed at SalonQP in London from November 6 to 8, 2014. This ceremony is the finale of the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).