On May 1st, the legendary watchmaker, Mr Gerald Charles Genta was born in Geneva, Switzerland, from a Swiss mother and an Italian father. He inherited the best from both cultures: the Italian artistic style and the Swiss watchmaking.
At the young age of twenty-three, Mr Genta was asked to design a watch to commemorate the first commercial flights over the North Pole, operated by the Scandinavian Airlines Systems. This model represents nowadays an icon of vintage watches.
Mr Genta designed the Golden Ellipse for the prestigious watch manufacturer, Patek Philippe Geneve, a very thin and classic watch that takes distance from the canonical circular shape. The artist begins to experiment with new forms.
Mr Genta creates the Omega Constellation C-model and he is subsequently offered an exclusive contract to produce several other designs for Omega’s Constellation line of watches.
Gerald Genta Collection
In 1969, the experienced Mr Genta starts to independently manufacture mechanical timepieces carrying his own design and name. At the time of its maximum expansion, the Gerald Genta watchmaking company employed over 200 workers in Switzerland.
Legend has it that Mr Genta created the watch that would become his most well-known design in an overnight storm of paper and pen, taking inspiration from an old-fashioned diving helmet. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with its iconic shape represented the world’s very first, stainless steel, high-end sport-watch. The bold, angular design of the Royal Oak was unlike anything that anyone had ever seen, and it persuaded the public that a sports watch made of stainless steel could justifiably cost more than a solid gold dress watch.
Mr Genta created for Patek Philippe, Geneva, the best-seller Nautilus, which went down in history as a rare and great investment for collectors. According to legend, the original design for the Nautilus was sketched on a restaurant napkin and completed in 5 minutes.
Mr Genta re-designed the Ingenieur SL for the prestigious Swiss manufacturer, IWC. Once again, the artistic touch of the Maestro
may be easily recognised in the smooth design lines characterising this timepiece.
Inspired by an Ancient Roman coin, Mr Genta creates the Bulgari Bulgari for the house of Bulgari, based in Rome, Italy. As the name of the Emperor was always engraved on Roman coins, so is the name of the brand engraved on the circular flat bezel of this watch.
Walt Disney Retro Fantasy
Obtaining an exclusive licence from Disney, the world-acclaimed Gerald Charles 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, Mr Genta 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 London’s Big Ben, others breaking the record of the most expensive wristwatch ever sold for over a million dollars.
On the eve of the third millennium, the world-acclaimed Mr Gerald Charles Genta, creates his most modern brand: GERALD CHARLES. With the experience gained in a career of success, Mr Genta gathers a team of experienced collaborators to establish the new paradigms of the 21st Century luxury watchmaking. The brand is an emblem of harmony between artistic design and mechanics, creating unique watches for a niche of collectors, family members and friends.
At the end of March, the well-known designer launches the first model of the Gerald Charles brand. The evocative name, RENAISSANCE
, perfectly describes this collection, characterised by the revival of art and technological novelty. These watches are conceived to be a bolder expression of the soft line which Mr Genta was always particularly fond of.
Gerald, introduces this concept wristwatch, innovative from the point of view of design and technology. The Maestro’s case, whose shape lies between a square and an octagon, has never been seen before and it is set to sit on the throne next to the Royal Oak and Nautilus.