Audemars Piguet wins the “Aiguille d’Or”
at The Grand Prix d’horlogerie de Genève 2023
Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet was delighted to accept the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix for its Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Ultra-Complication Universelle (RD#4) at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève today.
“A big thank you to all the people who put their generosity at the service of watchmaking, both those whose faces we know well and those behind the scenes. Nothing would be possible without their collective genius and collaboration. After 29 years in the watchmaking business, I'd like to dedicate this victory to the teams, to Ilaria who will succeed me, to Jasmine Audemars and to the founding families who have supported me.”
Audemars Piguet Chief Executive Officer
The “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix rewarding the most impressive watch across all categories was handed to François-Henry Bennahmias at the end of the ceremony for the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Ultra-Complication Universelle. This timepiece marks the Manufacture’s very first ultra-complicated selfwinding wristwatch (RD#4) that is housed in the highly contemporary design of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection.
This RD#4 timepiece pays tribute to the Manufacture’s legacy of high complications, while also keeping ergonomics and contemporary usage in mind to offer unprecedented comfort and simplicity of use. This new creation regroups the Manufacture’s horological savoir-faire into a single movement, the selfwinding Calibre 1000, which counts over 1,100 components. A feat of engineering and fine watchmaking tradition, this pioneering mechanism incorporates 40 functions, including 23 complications, among which a Grande Sonnerie Supersonnerie, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, a split-seconds flyback chronograph and a flying tourbillon.
Going beyond traditional norms of construction, the teams blurred the line between movement and case by developing ergonomic correctors and crown-pushers allowing users to activate the watch’s multiple functions with ease. They also incorporated and built on the Manufacture’s three recent R&D innovations – the Supersonnerie technology unveiled in 2015 (RD#1), the ultra-thin perpetual calendar movement launched in 2018 (RD#2) and the oscillator with increased amplitude premiered on the two Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) models released in 2022.
Engineers, designers, watchmakers and craftspeople worked hand in hand for over seven years to bring this RD#4 timepiece to life, continuously broadening their skills to push the limits of Haute Horlogerie craftsmanship to new heights.
Audemars Piguet is honoured and humbled to once again be acknowledged by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and would like to thank the organisers and all the jury members for their time, passion and attention to detail that makes this industry shine so bright.