Voutilainen is known for producing luxury watches with exceptional mechanics and dial decoration. Moreover, most of the timepieces released by this Swiss brand are one-of-a-kind, with only a few limited editions that usually include no more than 10 copies of the same model. One more company known for manufacturing impressive wrist statements is Greubel Forsey. Its timepieces are some of the most complicated and superbly-finished luxury watches available on today’s market. Each brand is unique, but they have one thing in common: Voutilainen and Greubel Forsey watches are included in this year’s list of finalists for the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve) prize. Moreover, this list includes two models by each manufacturer, presented in the most prestigious categories.
1. Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Ref. P370
Created in collaboration with Didier Cretin, the Greubel Forsey Signature 1 is distinguished by its exclusively designed balance wheel that oscillates at the frequency of 18,000 vph. Moreover, this seemingly simple three-hand model comes in a platinum case that features an off-centered anthracite black-colored gold dial as a contrasting counterpoint to the visible mechanics. Besides, the Signature 1 Ref. P370 is equipped with a hand-winding movement providing 54 hours of power reserve. It is competing in the GPHG Men’s category.
2. Voutilainen 28ISO Enamel
You will hardly find another luxury watch among the GPHG finalists with a more original display of hours and minutes than the Voutilainen 28ISO Enamel. The fact is that its hour and minute hands do not move in a way you would expect, superimposing each hour regardless of the time. However, even though it sounds a bit complicated, the time actually can be read at a glance, largely due to the rotating circle of minutes. In addition, this unusual 18k white gold watch boasts an engine-turned dial with grand feu enamel in green color. The Voutilainen 28ISO is also competing in the Men’s category.
3. Greubel Forsey QP a Equation Ref. P556
One more stunning piece of Greubel Forsey watches competing for the GPHG prize, this time in the Calendar category, is the QP a Equation. Featuring two dials and a whole range of sophisticated complications, including a 24-second tourbillon, the equation of time, leap years, and a chronometric 72-hour power reserve, this meticulously decorated 18k white gold watch is a true horological masterpiece.
4. Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure Ref. Vingt-8
Inspired by the late autumn scene, the Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure is a bespoke 18k white gold mechanical luxury watch competing in the GPHG Artistic Crafts category. Its eye-catching dial, cover of the case back, and bridges are all decorated using Japanese traditional lacquering technique and only the best materials, including New Zealand abalone shell, great green turban shell, gold leaf, and gold dust.
As you can see, both Voutilainen and Greubel Forsey watches are indeed worthy finalists for the 2017 GPHG prize. The winners will be announced on November 8, at the Theatre du Leman in Geneva.