Grand Seiko Watch Wins Award at Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève

Grand Seiko has won the 'Petite Aiguille' prize at the 2014 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition was chosen for the prestigious award from a shortlist of six exceptional watches.

The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève is widely accepted as the 'Oscars' of the watch industry and is a key date in the watchmaking calendar. The 2014 ceremony took place on October 31st at the Grand Theatre de Genève. 17 awards were presented on the night, with categories including 'Tourbillon' and 'Chronograph'.

The 'Petite Aiguille' category was open to any watch under Sfr 8,000 in price, attracting a very high number of entries. The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition was selected as the winner by a jury of 25 experts.

The Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition was the most exciting of Grand Seiko watches revealed at Baselworld 2014, and is said to express the "very best of Seiko's mechanical watchmaking".

"I am very grateful to the GPHG and its jury for their decision to award to Grand Seiko this most prestigious accolade," said Shinji Hattori, President of Seiko Watch Corporation. "For 50 years, our Grand Seiko team has worked tirelessly to create the best possible functional watch in the world. The Hi-beat 36000 caliber is our proudest achievement so far and this award will spur us on to new achievements in the future."

The watch is a limited edition of 600 pieces and features a 24-hour GMT hand with easy hour adjustment. The calibre has a high accuracy of +5 to -3 seconds a day, and a power reserve of 55 hours.

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