The Foundation of the GPHG is delighted and honoured to announce the appointment of Nick Foulkes as President of the Jury for the 2021 edition of the ceremony, accentuating the international reach of the GPHG.
Historian, writer and journalist, Nicholas Foulkes is an internationally recognized authority on culture, watchmaking and art. He has written numerous books, including must-read titles such as Patek Philippe: the Authorized Biography and Time Tamed. He launched and continues to manage numerous publications, from Vanity Fair to the Financial Times.
“It is an incredible honour to be invited to lead this year’s GPHG Jury and continue the remarkable work of Aurel Bacs, my predecessor in this role. Having served as a member of the Jury for some years, the GPHG is an annual event to which I look forward. It is both a privilege and pleasure to work alongside leading figures drawn from the many different sectors of watchmaking community. At what might – with understatement – be called an interesting time for the watch industry, the role of the GPHG in highlighting and rewarding horological excellence is more relevant than ever.”
The GPHG Jury, which is drawn from the Academy, will officiate during the second round of voting.
The members will meet behind closed doors a few days before the awards ceremony to physically evaluate the 84 nominated watches and to proceed with the ballot in the presence of a notary.
The nominated watches will also be submitted to the vote of the entire Academy, which is currently composed of more than 500 members, serving around the world as watchmaking ambassadors. Their digital votes will be added to the final tally which will determine the prize list (see the 2021 rules here).
The 2021 Grand Jury, comprised of 30 experts under the leadership of Nick Foulkes, will be officially revealed at end of September. The 2021 awards ceremony will take place on November 4th in Geneva.