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Audemars Piguet receives dual honours at the 2007 Watchmaking Grand Prix in Geneva

Audemars Piguet receives dual honours at the 2007 Watchmaking Grand Prix in Geneva

Audemars Piguet was singled out for two awards at the 7th Watchmaking Grand Prix, held at Geneva’s Grand Theatre on November 14. Le Brassus Manufacture received honours in the Sports and Design categories, winning over the jury with two outstanding timepieces: the Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team chronograph and the Millenary watch with deadbeat seconds and AP escapement.

The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix awards ceremony gave Audemars Piguet a chance to cement its reputation as a leading maker of sports watches since the 1972 release of the Royal Oak, the world’s first luxury sports watch. The Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team—which combines the mechanical performance of a split-second chronograph with regatta countdown function, with the use of groundbreaking watchmaking materials in the form of forged carbon—was voted best Sports Watch 2007. George-Henri Meylan, Brand CEO: “2007 was a particularly successful year for Audemars Piguet. In the wake of Alinghi’s outstanding win, the timepiece created to mark the occasion has received its own reward: recognition and approval from watchmaking experts and enthusiasts. This represents a twofold success for us today.”

Le Brassus Manufacture also won the Design award for its Millenary watch with deadbeat seconds. The exceptional timepiece with its groundbreaking design is powered by a complex mechanism and offers a subtle blend of beauty and innovation in watchmaking. “The two prizes we received this year perfectly illustrate a unique Audemars Piguet trait: our collection comprises both sports watches and classic timepieces with extremely complex mechanisms. Our expertise covers a wide range of product categories and I am convinced this is one of our greatest strengths,” adds a delighted Georges-Henri Meylan.