Grand Prix d’Horlogerie 2013 Jury: The Industry Gets Something Right!
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Grand Prix d’Horlogerie 2013 Jury: The Industry Gets Something Right!

I have been very critical of the watch industry in the past on this blog. I will be critical of the industry in the future. But I’d like to stop and point out something that they absolutely nailed.
The jury for the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (the Oscars of the watch industry) is absolutely fantastic and shows that at least some people have their heads screwed on straight.

First, the journalists. Ben Clymer, Elizabeth Doerr, and Carlos Alonso are three of the absolute best in the world. Sean Li is a very well known collector plus the editorial director for Revolution Hong Kong. Marcel Philippe is a very knowledgeable NY collector. Some of the others I do not know as well, but I assume they are great as well.

If that weren’t enough, the jury includes two major international celebrities. John Mayer is a superstar and huge watch collector. Philippe Starck is probably the best known designer in the world.

This jury shows everything I want to see from the watch industry: a focus on real collectors, the best journalists, and working with celebrities who bring credibility, not just a famous name.

Bravo! It’s going to be a fun event!!

  • Elizabeth Doerr

    Thank you for the kind and thoughtful words, Steve! In fact, this year’s jury goes even deeper than you’ve described and touches pretty much every corner of the current watchmaking world (except retail; retailers were taken off the jury two years ago): expert journalists from all major markets and of both sexes (THREE of us are women!), all with impeccable reputations and incredible histories; a blogger (a first and huge recognition of that growing media segment); collectors of varying tastes and backgrounds; “simple” watchmakers with real-life and probably quite technical points of view; a horological historian; a luxury historian; celebrity collectors (including Herbert Grönemeyer, an A-list musician and big star in Germany); two design-oriented personalities (Philippe Starck as you mention and Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a famous architect and planner, he created Paris’ new Mandarin Oriental, for example); an art journalist; a prominent auctioneer (Aurel Bacs, director of Christie’s watch department and our very able president of the jury); and a former director of WOSTEP, probably the most well-known school of watchmaking currently active. I cannot express how excited I am at this diverse and expert group of people, who, I am sure will initiate and partake in interesting and active conversations. I have been on one other jury with design experts (the GTE Superwatch), and I can tell you that those remain some of my most memorable conversations. This will be spectacular, I prophesy most well-rounded discussions that view horology from every single imaginable angle. Bravo to the organizers of the GPHG! I am sure it will now become a true international event, and I am more than proud to be a part of this. See you on November 15!!