Geneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine
After lengthy deliberations from the six-member specialist jury, and amidst tense excitement at the prize-giving ceremony staged at the International Conference Centre in Geneva last night, the GTE 2011 SUPERWATCH AWARD was presented to Manufacture Jouvenot SA. An apotheosis for this dynamic watchmaking brand!
The new award marks a watershed for the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE) in only its second year. In collaboration with the Plaza Watch group, Fair organizers set themselves an ambitious challenge: to mark the Fair’s opening evening with a very special award – destined for the most accomplished new watch in terms of conception, avant-garde nature and technical prowess. The consistent excellence and extraordinary creativity of the 27 independent watchmakers – all of them GTE exhibitors – who took part in the competition has fully justified the bold decision to launch the Award.
The jury was composed of six internationally respected watch experts: Anders Modig (Chairman), Editor of Plaza Watch magazines; Elizabeth Doerr, watch journalist and writer; Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, independent watchmaker; Axel Kufus, Professor of Design at Berlin’s Universität der Künste; Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, representing Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the leading watch distributors in the Middle East; and Sir Geoffroy Ader, Head of the Watch Department at Sotheby’s Europe.
At an entertaining ceremony presented jointly by GTE’s glamorous Vim Studer and erudite Jury Chairman Anders Modig, the inaugural GTE Superwatch Award was unanimously attributed to Manufacture Jouvenot SA.
To sustained applause, Frédéric Jouvenot received the GTE Superwatch Award: a Reuge musical box epitomizing Swiss mechanical prowess and avant-garde creativity. The prize also includes a free stand at next year’s fair (GTE 2012); and the chance to appear on the cover of Plaza Watch after a free photo session with the magazine’s team of professional photographers.
Frédéric Jouvenot presented to the Jury the world premiere HELIOS, a watch with jumping heliocentric display.
Called Helios, in reference to the Greek God of sun, the sun-shaped hour display is unique. It is the first hour display over 24 hours that shows the sun’s path and the alternation of night and day.
Simple to read yet fitted with a complex mechanism, this piece in Frédéric Jouvenot’s Solar Deity collection has two faces, corresponding to the day and night cycles. For the first time in watchmaking history, a timepiece displays the time without conventional hands, numerals or disks.
Each hour is represented by a radioconcentric sunbeam, i.e. starting from the centre and radiating towards the edge of the dial. The twelve sunbeams show the path of the sun on the dial while indicating the hour to come and the past hour.
A special mention has been attributed to RESSENCE for its Platform Watch, a watch with a rotating dial plate. Time is displayed by a flush mounted revolving dial that embodies all the graphical elements in one plane. This timepiece has been created by Benoit Mintiens, who received a Jeroboam Laurent Perrier, attributed by Guillaume Deglise, Laurent Perrier (Switzerland) General Director.