The contenders fighting to win the watch industry's top prize...

Dubai Watch Week reveals contenders for the Grand Prix d’horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) awards
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Dubai Watch Week has revealed pre-selected timepieces that will be competing at watchmaking’s most prestigious award ceremony, Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).\nThe 72 watches will be showcased in the DWW on October 18-22 in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) before heading back to Geneva on October 29th for the winners’ announcement.\nNaturally, we picked out our favourite candidates...
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1. Hublot’s all black creation is from its Big Bang collection. The idea behind it is to combine components that are not normally mixed together. It contains 70 elements including carbon, gold, ceramic, steel, denim, and diamonds.
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2. Piaget’s Altiplano Scrimshaw has a dial made out of fossilized mammoth ivory engraved with a map of the Eastern Hemisphere. Is that cool or what?
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3. Tudor brought back one of their old favourites, the Pelagos watch - only this time, it was in blue! Pictures don’t do this titanium piece justice. It looks much better on.
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4. Chopard didn’t surprise us with its 18 carat Fairmind rose gold timepiece nomination. If anyone can do a classic watch, it’s Chopard.
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5. H.Moser created this “no branding” concept watch to prove that a timepiece can speak for itself. It’s even named by its reference number “ref. 1343-0XXX.”
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6. Bovet rhymes with luxury – at least we think so. And how can we not after looking at this Fleurier Amadeo Skeleton Tourbillon?
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7. Laurent Ferrier’s bold blue Galet Square is a traditional watch in all sense. It steers away from elaborate design and focuses on refinement and classicism instead.
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8. Harry Winston’s sporty piece from the Ocean Collection is anything but casual – and we love it. Its official name is Project Z9.
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9. Tudor’s Fastrider Chrono feature black matte ceramic and is waterproof to 150 metres. The sporty watch is meant to embody the form of a motorcycle. It had us at the green dial.
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10. Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph was first launched by the brand’s ambassador, renowned racer Michael Schumacher. And it’s only gotten better since with this new version.
Thu 10 Sep 2015 10:01 AM GST