This year, as before, a body of experts will select the best men's, ladies', complicated, sports, métiers d'art, and innovative watches, as well as award a special jury prize, while the best men's watch in the entry-level price segment will receive the "First Step" award. At the same time, an online popular vote will be held.

Please be advised that this year, our online audience will select their top picks in the same categories as the jury. Online voting results will be available on revolution-press.ru in real time for as long as the voting happens.

The jury in 2018 includes the editors-in-chief of Revolution's national and regional editions published in Singapore/Malaysia, Australia, Latin America, Mexico, Switzerland, the UK, the US, Hong Kong, the UAE, Italy, and Russia.

Entries to the competition must be submitted between August 15 and September 15, 2018. Each brand may submit a maximum of seven watches. A registration fee of 5,000 rubles will be charged per each entry. To be eligible for participation in the Grand Prix, a watch has to be released no later than August 2018 and be officially available in Russia or intended for sale the Russian market.

The first round of voting will take place between October 1 and 21, 2018. The winners of the Grand Prix will be announced in an official ceremony before November 15, 2018.

As in the previous years, the Grand Prix will be supported by a massive social media campaign aimed at the relevant audience, and Internet users will be invited to vote. Updates on the competition process (the arrival of new participants and nominations), as well as its results, will be published online.

Moscow Grand Prix "Watches in Russia"
Moscow Grand Prix "Watches in Russia" is an annual competition organised in 2015 by a group of journalists to promote the traditions of watchmaking, foster a better culture among consumers and introduce a wider audience to manufacturers and their offerings.
Rules and Regulatons 2018
Competition Dates and Entry Deadlines
  • Entries must be submitted between August 15 and September 15, 2018.
  • Shortlisted models shall be selected between October 1 and 21, 2018.
  • Grand Prix winners shall be announced before November 15, 2018.
Participation
  • Watches shall be entered into the competition by brands, which shall notify the organizers of their interest.
  • The Moscow Grand Prix "Watches in Russia" is open to all brands irrespective of their country of origin.
  • To be eligible for participation in the Grand Prix, a watch has to be released no later than August, 2018 and be officially available in Russia or intended for the Russian market.
Competition categories
Men's: all men's watches except those qualifying for the Sports or the Complicated categories.

Ladies': all ladies' watches.

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.

Complicated: 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, an unusual and challenging time indication system, and other unique technical solutions. Each entry submitted to this category, as well as to the other categories, shall be first approved by the organizing committee of the Grand Prix.

Métiers d'Art: men's and ladies' watches with a particular focus on the use of applied arts or exceptionally fine jewelry techniques.

Innovative: men's and ladies' watches distinguished by original and highly complex time indication or other innovative technical developments.

The First Step: mechanical men's watches with a suggested retail price below 300,000 rubles.

Each brand may submit a maximum of 7 watches. One model may be entered in only one category.

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.

Awards
The Grand Prix shall award the following prizes:

  • Men's Watch of the Year
  • Ladies' Watch of the Year
  • Sports Watch of the Year
  • Complicated Watch of the Year
  • Métiers d'Art Watch of the Year
  • Innovative Watch of the Year
  • "First Step" Watch of the Year
  • People's Choice* – men's watch
  • People's Choice – ladies' watch
  • People's Choice – sports watch
  • People's Choice – complicated watch
  • People's Choice – métiers d'art watch
  • People's Choice – innovative watch
* Awarded to the watch with the highest score in the open public vote for that category.

  • Special Jury Prize
The requirements for this award may vary from year to year. In 2018, the Special Jury Prize shall be awarded for the contribution to the development of consumer culture and watch trade.

Jury
  • The jury in 2018 is comprised of the editors-in-chief of Revolution's national and regional editions.
Selection and Voting
First round

  • The organizing committee shall collect and review the applications to verify their compliance with the rules before submitting them to the jury.
  • 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 7th highest score), the chairman of the jury shall decide which of them shall be shortlisted for the second round of voting.
  • 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.

Second round

  • 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.
  • 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.).
  • A list of winners in all categories shall be published on revolution-press.ru. In the following years, these lists, including photographs and descriptions, shall be available in the Archive section of the website.
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.
The third iteration of the Moscow Grand Prix "Watches in Russia" ended a month ago and yielded what we, the organizers, thought were quite amusing results. We were, however, rather pleased to find out how unpredictable the Russian public can be, all but ignoring some brands (with only two people voting for IWC). This time, the vote was doubly "popular," as the jury included ten subscribers, most of whom have been with us throughout the whole ten years of Russian Revolution's existence, as well as Alexei Kutkovoy (Revolution) and Konstantin Chaykin, both of whom need no introduction. As a jury member, Konstantin Chaykin was not allowed to nominate his Joker, much to the relief of other participants, who otherwise would have had to compete against a powerful favorite. Let's take a look at the winners of the Moscow Grand Prix "Watches in Russia" in 2017. We'll start with the outcome of the jury vote:

Men's Watch of the Year — Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition;

Ladies' Watch of the Year — Bulgari Serpenti Twist;

Métiers d'Art Watch of the Year — Dior Grand Soir Botanic № 2;

Complicated Watch of the Year — Bovet Dimier Recital 20 Asterium;

Sports Watch of the Year — Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio;

Innovative Watch of the Year — Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S;

First Step Watch of the Year (the best watch in the entry-level price segment) — Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph Enamel Line.

Got your attention? Let's continue. In the popular vote, almost 25,000 people helped rate 82 entries. The people's pick for the Men's Watch of the Year was Aviator Douglas Day-Date. First off, hurray! Shout-out to a Russian brand. I've never held the watch in my hands, so I can't tell you anything about it. What's curious, though, is that the Aviator was tied for first place with the black ceramic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (I have held this one). The Ladies' Watch of the Year popular award goes to Chanel J12 Ganse Rubies. Now, that's a surprise! I was sure that the arm-swinging Mademoiselle would break the bank, but no dice. It didn't even make it to the finals. (Nicloas Beau, head of the Chanel watch division, who I spoke to recently, was, however, not the least bit surprised. "Russians have always appreciated good stones," he said.) Métiers d'Art Watch of the Year (People's Choice) – Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial. The people's award for the Complicated Watch of the Year goes to Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, while Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Compressor Chronograph emerged as the best sports watch of the year, and the public gave the prize for innovation to HYT H4. Finally, I'd like to acknowledge the other watches which got over 2,000 votes and made it to the finals. These are Carl F. Bucherer Manero Power Reserve (Mr. Blue), Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver's, Louis Moinet Space Mystery, Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage, and Montblanc Summit.

And that's that. I've got one last request for brand representatives, if you're reading this. When you're approached to participate in our Grand Prix, please don't ask, "What prize will I get?" We're running an honest competition here. You'll get what you deserve, I'm sorry. I can suggest other "competitions" where the organizers can be more accommodating.

I'd like to thank all those who took part and nominated their watches, the jury, and, of course, all the people who responded and voted for the watches they liked. Thank you for being with us!
Competition Results 2017