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About

The Moscow Grand Prix “Watches in Russia” is an annual watchmaking competition founded in 2015 by the Russian edition of the watch magazine Revolution. It is judged by a panel of industry journalists and other independent experts.

The competition strives to promote the development of the Russian watch market and to introduce the culture and traditions of watchmaking to a wider audience. The Grand Prix is open to all brands irrespective of their country of origin provided that their products are distributed in Russia. Awards are given in a number of nominations, as the jury, rather than automatically favoring the most expensive models by the most renowned brands, selects timepieces which demonstrate the best combination of quality, original design, technical ingenuity, and craftsmanship. An award at the Grand Prix “Watches in Russia” is a hallmark testifying to the brand’s solid approach to watchmaking and its respect for its Russian customers.

Entries

Rules

1. Competition Dates and Entry Deadlines
  • 1.1. Entries must be submitted between September 1 and October 10, 2017.
  • 1.2. Shortlisted models shall be selected between October 25 and November 1, 2017.
  • 1.3. Grand Prix winners shall be announced before December 5, 2017.
2. Participation
  • 2.1. Watches shall be entered to the competition by brands, which shall fill out an application on the competition website. To request a link to the application page, brands should contact the organizing committee of the Grand Prix (see the Contacts section).
  • 2.2. The Moscow Grand Prix “Watches in Russia” is open to all brands irrespective of their country of origin.
  • 2.3. To be eligible for participation in the Grand Prix, a watch has to be released no earlier than January 1, 2017 and be officially available in Russia.
  • 2.4. Competition categories:
  • 2.4.1 Men’s: all mechanical men’s watches except those qualifying for the other categories.
  • 2.4.2 Ladies’: all ladies’ watches except those qualifying for the other categories.
  • 2.4.3 Sports: mechanical men’s watches with a clearly perceived sports-oriented design. Among possible, but not obligatory, features of sports watches are: a case made of steel or high-tech materials, a metal bracelet, water resistance exceeding 50 m, a turning bezel, a depth gauge, a helium release valve, improved shock resistance, a high-legibility dial layout, or additional indications developed for the needs of specific sports.
  • 2.4.4 Complicated: mechanical men’s watches which contain one or more of the following complications: a chronograph, a tourbillon, an annual or perpetual calendar, astronomical complications (except a classic moon phase indicator), a repeater, a grande/petite sonnerie or other acoustic complications, automatons, and others. Each entry submitted to this category, as well as to other categories, shall be first approved by the organizing committee of the Grand Prix.
  • 2.4.5 Métiers d’Art: men’s and ladies’ watches whose finish reflects a particular focus on the use of applied arts or exceptionally fine jewelry techniques.
  • 2.4.6 Innovative: mechanical men’s and ladies’ watches distinguished by original and highly complex time indication or other innovative technical developments.
  • 2.4.7 The First Step: mechanical men’s watches with a recommended retail price not exceeding 300,000 rubles.
  • 2.5. Each brand may submit a maximum of seven watches. One model may be entered in only one category.
  • 2.6. Brands are free to submit watches to categories of their choice. The organizing committee of the Grand Prix, however, shall reserve the right to change the category or decline an entry if the watch does not comply with the requirements for that category.
  • 2.7. The organizing committee shall evaluate each application to make sure it complies with the competition requirements, after which the entry may by accepted or declined, or the applying brand may be approached for more information.
  • 2.8. The photographs and descriptions of watches admitted to the competition shall be published on the official Grand Prix website. The site shall also publish the results of the first round of voting and the list of winners, as well as host a public vote.
3. Awards
  • The jury of the Grand Prix shall award ten prizes:
  • 3.1. Men’s Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.1.
  • 3.2. Ladies’ Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.2.
  • 3.3. Sports Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.3.
  • 3.4. Complicated Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.4.
  • 3.5. Métiers d’Art Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.5.
  • 3.6. Innovative Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.6.
  • 3.7. First Step Watch of the Year
    Awarded to the best watch in category 2.4.7.
  • 3.8. Men’s Watch of the Year (People’s Choice)
    Awarded to the men’s watch chosen by visitors of the Grand Prix website.
  • 3.9. Ladies’ Watch of the Year (People’s Choice)
    Awarded to the ladies’ watch chosen by visitors of the Grand Prix website.
  • 3.10. Special Jury Prize
    The requirements for this award may vary from year to year.
4. Jury
  • The jury is comprised of watch market experts, publishers of and leading contributors to specialized watch publications, watch journalists, and professionals from related creative fields, such as designers, architects, etc. (see the Jury section).
5. Selection and Voting
  • 5.1. First round
  • 5.1.1 The organizing committee shall collect and review the applications to verify their compliance with the rules before submitting them to the jury.
  • 5.1.2 During the first round of voting by secret ballot, the jury members shall select the top 7 models in each category by ranking them according to their preferences. The highest-ranking watch (according to the particular jury member) shall be awarded 7 points, while the lowest-ranking of the 7 shall be awarded 1 point. If, after all points are counted, the 7th place overall is shared by several watches (i.e. more than one watch has the number of points corresponding to the 6th highest score), the chairman of the jury shall decide which of them shall be shortlisted for the second round of voting.
  • 5.1.3 The 7 models thus selected (shortlisted models) shall be admitted to the second round of voting, and their photographs and descriptions shall be published in a special section of the Grand Prix website.
  • 5.2. Second round
  • 5.2.1 During the second round of voting by secret ballot, the jury members shall select the best model in each category by ranking the shortlisted watches according to their preferences. The highest-ranking watch (according to the particular jury member) shall be awarded 7 points, while the lowest-ranking of the 7 shall be awarded 1 point. In the case of a draw, the award shall be given to the model that received the higher score from the chairman of the jury.
  • 5.2.2 The organizing committee shall count the points and announce the winner in each category. One brand may not be awarded more than one prize. If the winners include several models of the same brand, the prize shall be given to that brand’s watch with the highest overall score. The prizes in the other categories shall be awarded to other brands’ models which initially ranked 2nd (3rd, etc.).
  • 5.2.3 The winner of the award defined by paragraph 3.5. shall be determined by the technical service of the organizing committee based on the results of online voting and other statistics.
  • 5.2.4 A list of winners in all categories shall be published on the Grand Prix website. In the following years, these lists, including photographs and descriptions, shall be available in the Archive section of the website.
6. Acceptance of the Rules
  • By applying to the Moscow Grand Prix “Watches in Russia,” the brand representative automatically confirms that he has read and accepted all the provisions specified herein.

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