The Swiss watch industry has chosen Nicholas Foulkes, arguably the “most respected” British watch historian and author, as jury president for this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
He takes on the role of auctioneer and vintage watch guru Aurel Bacs. Mr. Foulkes is an internationally recognized watchmaking writer with over 30 books and editors for titles such as GQ, Vanity Fair and the Financial Times.
«It is an incredible honor to be invited to lead this year’s GPHG jury and to continue the remarkable work of Aurel Bacs, my predecessor in this capacity. Having been a member of the jury for a number of years, the GPHG is an annual event that I’m looking forward to, « says Mr Foulkes.
«It is both a privilege and a pleasure to work with leaders from many different walks of life in the watchmaking community. At a time that – with understatement – could be described as an interesting time for the watch industry, the role of the GPHG to highlight and reward top watchmaking achievements is more important than ever.
The other 30 jury members of the GPHG panel will be named at the end of September. The GPHG Awards 2021 will be presented on November 4th in Geneva.
SUMMARY_With the election of Nick Foulkes, the British dandy, the GPHG has done itself a disservice. Foulkes exclusively represents particular interests. With Foulkes, self-portrayal and self-enrichment are unmistakably in the foreground. Such a “personality” is untrustworthy and thus the GPHG is also without credibility. The GPHG-awards that watch brands proudly put in their cupboards are worthless. Every watch brand that participates in the GPHG disqualifies itself and loses its credibility.