On May 1st, the legendary watchmaker, Mr Gerald Charles was born in Geneva, Switzerland, from a Swiss mother and an Italian father. He inherited the best from both cultures: Italian arts and Swiss watchmaking.
The only 23-years-old Gerald was asked to design a watch to commemorate the first commercial flights over the North Pole, operated by the Scandinavian Airlines Systems. This model is nowadays an icon of vintage watches.
Gerald designed the Golden Ellipse for the prestigious watch manufacturer, Patek Philippe Geneve, a very thin and classic watch that takes the distance from the canonical circular shape. The artist Gerald begins to experiment new forms.
Gerald is responsible for designing the Omega Constellation C-model and was subsequently offered an exclusive contract to produce several other designs for Omega’s Constellation line of watches.
Gerald Genta Collection
Starting from 1969, The experienced Gerald independently manufactures mechanical timepieces on his own designs and name. At the time of its maximum expansion, the Gerald Genta watchmaking company employed around 250 workers in Switzerland.
Genta created the watch that would become his most well-known design and the world’s very first, stainless steel, high-end sport-watch: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The bold, angular design of the Royal Oak – which legend says, Genta created over the course of a single evening – was unlike anything that anyone had ever seen, and managed to convince the public that a sports watch made from stainless steel could justifiably cost more than a solid gold dress watch.
Gerald designed the best-seller Nautilus for Patek Philippe, Geneva. Legend say, the original sketch for the Nautilus was done on a restaurant napkin and completed in 5 minutes. This watch is very rare and a great investment for collectors.
Genta re-designed the Ingenieur SL for the prestigious Swiss manufacturer, IWC. Once again the artistic hand of the Maestro
is easy to recognise in the smooth design lines characterizing this timepiece.
Inspired by the ancient Roman Coin, Gerald creates the Bulgari Bulgari for the house of Bulgari, based in Rome, Italy. As the name of the emperor was engraved on the Roman Coins, in the same way the name of the brand is engraved on the circular flat bezel of this watch.
Walt Disney Retro Fantasy
Obtaining an exclusive license from Disney, the world-acclaimed Gerald Genta manufactures a limited edition of playful timepieces. Combining a precious jumping-hours retrograde movement with the joyful Disney characters on the dial. For the first time in history a Disney watch sells for several thousands of dollars. These Retro Fantasy watches are now very rare and sold on auctions.
During the last decade of the 20th Century, Gerald investigates the mechanics of complex Swiss movements. Giving birth to a collection of Grand Sonnerie
and Minute Repeater. These watches represent extraordinary engineering clockworks, some reproducing the sound of the London’s Big Ben, others breaking the records of the most expensive wristwatch ever sold form over a Million Dollars.
On the eve of the Third Millennium, the world-acclaimed Mr Gerald Charles Genta, creates what his last brand: GERALD CHARLES. With the experience gained in a career of success, Gerald gathers a team of experienced collaborators to establish the new paradigms of the 21st Century luxury watchmaking. The brand is founded on the harmony between design and mechanics, creating unique watches for a niche of collectors, family and friends.
At the end of March the well-known designer launches the first model of the GC brand. The evocative RENAISSANCE
name well-describes this collection. These watches are conceived to be a bolder expression of the soft line which Mr Genta has always been particularly fond of.
Gerald, introduces this concept wristwatch, innovative from design and technology angles. The Maestro case-shape between a square and an octagon was never seen before and it is set to become as iconic as the first Royal Oak.