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November 29, 2009updated Jul 06, 2015

Audemars Piguet Honored at the 2009 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Audemars Piguet was once again a winner at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. The Manufacture in Le Brassus received two distinctions for its Jules Audemars with Audemars Piguet escapement model: the Men’s Watch award and the Asian Edition Public Prize. It was a fine gift for Philippe Merk, who will be celebrating his first year at the helm of the company.

The 9th edition of the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, held in the city’s Grand Théâtre, was attended by many avid fine watchmaking enthusiasts. The Jules Audemars watch with Audemars Piguet escapement, generally referred to as CHRONOAP, caught the eye of the eminent jury members of this 9th Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. The Audemars Piguet escapement presented in 2006 runs lubricant-free and is both extremely efficient and shock-resistant. In addition, its technical performances are matched by an exceptional frequency of 43,200 vibrations per hour (6 Hz). By beating twice as fast as usual, the balance ensures enhanced chronometry and improved reliability. This high-precision mechanism is housed within a three-dimensional platinum case designed to highlight the movement decoration and finishing, inspired by the grand watchmaking tradition.

In his acceptance speech, Audemars Piguet CEO Philippe Merk warmly thanked the company’s teams in both Le Brassus and Le Locle who made this feat possible. He saluted the work and the talent of the movement designers and master watchmakers in their constant quest for horological innovation.

The CHRONOAP watch also won the Asian Edition Public Prize awarded during the Asia Watchmaking Grand Prix exhibition held in Singapore this September. This model has also earned other distinctions, including the best “Horological Value” prize presented at the 3rd edition of the Tiempo de Relojes award in Mexico this October; as well as the “Best Complicated Watch” prize at the ceremony organized by VOGUE Spain.

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