Chopard struck a winning chord on Nov 8 when it walked away with the most coveted award at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) - the Oscars of the watchmaking industry - at the Grand Theatre de Geneve in Geneva.
The watchmaker bagged the Aiguille d'Or for its L.U.C. Full Strike watch at the 17th edition of the GPHG, founded in 2001 to honour the best in Swiss watchmaking traditions and the finest creations.
Released as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Chopard's first minute repeater, the L.U.C Full Strike, took nearly six years to develop.
Boasting sapphire gongs, the timepiece chimes the hours, quarters and minutes on crystal gongs with crystal-clear clarity and comes with a slew of features to protect the watch against breakage if mishandled.
The watchmaker was also a winner in the Jewelry Watch Prize with its Lotus Blanc Watch, set with 25.66 carats of white diamond and boasting stunning petals and a flowing bracelet.
Other watchmakers awarded two prizes include Bvlgari for its Octo Finissimo Automatic (Men's Watch) and Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton (Tourbillon And Escapement), and Parmigiani.
The latter bagged awards for its Toric Hemispheres Retrograde (Travel Time Watch) and Tonda Chronor Anniversaire (Chronograph).
LIST OF WINNERS
Aiguille d'Or: Chopard, L.U.C. Full Strike
Innovation: Zenith, Defy Lab
Ladies' Watch: Chanel, Premiere Camelia Skeleton
Ladies' High-Mech Watch: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
Men's Watch: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Automatic
Chronograph Watch: Parmigiani Fleurier, Tonda Chronor Anniversaire
Tourbillon and Escapement Watch: Bvlgari, Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton
Calendar Watch: Greubel Forsey, QP a Equation
Travel Time Watch: Parmigiani Fleurier, Toric Hemispheres Retrograde
Mechanical Exception Watch: Vacheron Constantin, Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
Petite Aiguille Watch: Tudor, Black Bay Chrono
Sports Watch: Ulysse Nardin, Marine Regatta
Revival Watch: Longines Avigation BigEye
Jewellery Watch: Chopard, Lotus Blanc Watch
Artistic Crafts Watch: Voutilainen, Aki-No-Kure
Special Jury Prize: Suzanne Rohr and Anita Porchet
In total, 72 entries competed for 16 awards. Other winning watchmakers included Chanel, Longines, Zenith, Tudor and Greubel Forsey.
Here are some of the victors:
Van Cleef & Arpels' Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
The winner of the Ladies' High-Mech Watch Prize, this number by Van Cleef & Arpels is a superb showcase of the artisanal skills of lapidaries, engravers, stone-setters and enamellers.
Staying true to its tradition of storytelling on its dial, the watch's butterfly flaps its wings one to four times in a row, depending on its power reserve.
The watch has a 40mm white gold case with a diamond-set bezel and crown, as well as a stunning dial crafted from, among other things, diamonds and sapphires as well as curved plique-a-jour enamel.
Zenith, Defy Lab
The Defy Lab's triumph in the Innovation category comes as no surprise because the brand new oscillator, which Zenith unveiled earlier this year, was truly groundbreaking.
The revolutionary movement ZO 342 does away with the coupled balance and hairspring ("sprung balance") system devised by the astronomer and physicist Christiaan Huygens in 1675, replacing it with a single element measuring just 0.5mm thick.
Dubbed the world's most accurate mechanical watch, it is also the first watch with a case made from Aeronith, the world's lightest aluminium composite material.
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
Unveiled at this year's BaselWorld, the vintage inspired Tudor Black Bay Chronograph took home the Petite Aiguille prize.
Driving this handsome timepiece is a movement developed with Breitling.
Its other winning features include a silicon hairspring, automatic winding as well as three-day power reserve. The dial, taking a cue from Tudor's Black Bay model, has a fine, granular surface and also the same hour markers and snowflake hands.
Longines Avigation BigEye
Reissued from a chronograph from the 1930s, this winner in the Revival Watch category is a tribute to the golden age of aviation.
Nicely proportioned, it has a dapper-looking dial with classic Arabic numerals and faux patina for the indexes and hands to heighten the vintage vibe.
The Avigation BigEye is powered by the Longines proprietary movement, the Calibre L688, and has a power reserve of 54 hours.
Vacheron Constantin, Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
As expected, Vacheron Constatin's Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 took home the Mechanical Exception prize.
Combining astronomy and horology, it boasts 23 astronomical complications on the front and black dials and is the most complex timepiece the brand has created.
This unique watch took five years to develop and comes in a case which is 45mm in diameter and 13.6mm thick. It keeps time in three modes - civil, solar and sidereal - each with its own gear train.