Spread across 12 categories, this year’s short list of 72 timepieces is as broad as it is beautiful. Chanel, Chopard and Audemars Piguet get a couple of mentions, but apart from that, it’s a well-spread-out playing field.

Although the German precision masters and kings of haute horology, A. Lange & Söhne, get four bites at the cherry including one in our favourite category – the Ladies High-Mech (above). With the winners announced 8 November, here’s our top three contenders. Drum roll please...


Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

Bejewelled with swathes of diamonds, as well as sapphires in blue, mauve and violet, the delightful automate is an enamel butterfly that will set hearts aflutter.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

AUD $364,185


A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moonphase

This is a watch of pure elegance, radiating beauty with moon-like serenity from its silvered dial with radiating guilloché pattern.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moonphase

$57,690


Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Celestial

A total of 95 brilliant-cut diamonds glitter like stars around the mother-of-pearl moon as it makes its journey across the aventurine sky.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Celestia

$39,860