Safe to say that few other foundations garner this much attention with the announcement of their panel of jurors as the Fondation du Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
The 2017 jury line-up is of particular interest because, while there is an entire list of returning faces, there has been an addition of several new ones, who are more than qualified for the appointment.
We start off with Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who has been invited to the panel as a result of the Chronometer Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 winning the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix in 2016. GPHG tradition is that the principal of the brand that wins the award in a given year will be automatically invited to serve as jury in the following year.
Master watchmakers are a natural staple to the panel. Many have become a mainstay. This year’s fresh addition is British independent watchmaker, Roger W. Smith. If for some reason the name is unfamiliar to you, fear not. There are no history books you’ll have to navigate through, simply search for the documentary “The Watchmaker’s Apprentice” on Netflix (bloody shame that it isn’t available in certain regions, including Singapore).