Fabergé has won the prestigious 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) – the Swiss watchmaking industry’s highest honour – in the ‘Travel Time’ category with its Visionnaire DTZ timepiece. The GPHG is widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the global watch industry. Fabergé’s Lady Levity watch was also shortlisted in the ‘Ladies’ category.
The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is intended to salute excellence in worldwide horological design and craftsmanship, presenting awards in 12 categories to the finest creations and the watch-making houses behind them.
The automatic-winding Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ uses a movement created for Fabergé by Agenhor Manufacture. The model adopts a logical and intuitive method of displaying two time zones simultaneously, perfectly suited to the lifestyle of those who need to keep track of the time in a second, distant location. The hours and minutes of the local time zone are presented by peripheral, open-worked hands rotating around a raised, decorated dome located at the centre of the dial. The hour of the second, remote time zone is viewed through an extraordinary aperture right through the centre of the watch, optically amplifying the second time zone numerals for a bold finish – a feature sure to surprise and delight.
To add even greater animation and theatre to the dial, the collection features a dial-side rotor, visible beneath the dial’s colour-matched sapphire crystal hour ring with applied indices. In true Fabergé spirit, Agenhor Manufacture concealed a peacock-shaped component within the movement, paying homage to Fabergé’s award-winning Lady Compliquée Peacock watch.
Image and article courtesy Fabergé.