So you thought the Grand Prix was reserved for blisteringly quick cars and superstar drivers?

Every year the panellists at The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève come together to have a serious chat about the one thing they know best — watches. More specifically, watches that have been submitted by brands hoping to win one of the most coveted titles in the industry.

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève takes into consideration the diversity of timepieces, with categories that range from the obvious “Calendar”, “Chronograph” and “Tourbillon”, to the less common “Petite Aiguille” — a category for the best watch that costs less than CHF8,000 (S$11,200). “Mechanical Exception” takes into consideration watches with chiming complications, innovative display, or a groundbreaking mechanical feature, though really, the top “Aiguille d’Or” prize is the one everyone’s really gunning for.

Just like racing teams, some brands have more wall of fame real estate than the rest. Audemars Piguet leads the table with nine wins, while TAG Heuer and Vacheron Constantin trail behind with eight and seven wins respectively.

Before the winners are announced later this year, we played juror for a day and picked out a watch from each of the 12 categories we thought deserved to win. Whether manufactured by a storied house or thoughtfully made by independent watch enthusiasts, these watches are stellar both in form and function.