How many times have we seen watchmakers creating their signature timepieces with just one design language? Well, plenty of times as several brands have done just that over the years. And when talking about designs, one has to pay obeisance to legendary designer Gerald Genta, who revived some of the best names during the quartz crisis. Gerald Charles, the brand founded by the late Gerald Genta in 2000, exclusively revolves around the Maestro that has a bold case design. It has now launched the Maestro with two ultra-thin chocolate brown dials: the Maestro 2.0 Ultra-Thin (Ref. GC2.0-RG-05) watch and the Maestro 3.0 Chronograph (Ref. GC3.0-RG-05).
Gerald Charles Genta (1931-2011) was the mastermind behind some of the most iconic watches of the 20th century: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Patek Philippe Nautilus, the Cartier Pasha, the Universal Genève Polerouter, the IWC Ingénieur, and the Bulgari Bulgari, to name a few. In the early 2000s, Monsieur Genta ― at the height of his success and willing to continue his creative production ― founded his brand, Gerald Charles.
The Maison has been owned by Federico Ziviani, who has also worked with Audemars Piguet, for almost six years now. As per their website, the timepiece maker offers a three-year warranty extension for every new Gerald Charles watch registered in the “Smart Warranty” system. This is only valid if the registration is completed within six months from the date of purchase.
MAESTRO 2.0 ULTRA-THIN
Both models, which are identical in terms of case shape and dimension, are housed in 41 mm 18 ct rose gold cases. This particular timepiece may seem to resemble a well-designed dress watch; it does come with a screw-down crown at 3 o’clock with a Clous de Paris finish and an embossed logo. The chocolate brown dial has a sunburst effect and gets the signature white minute track following the asymmetric contours of the case. The applied baton and round rose gold hour markers and baton-style hour and minute hands are treated with Super-LumiNova with green light.
The date window at 6 o’clock is framed in gold with a black background and white numeral. This Maestro Ultra-Thin is powered by calibre GCA 3002 with twin barrels that ensure a 50-hour power reserve. The movement is equipped with an anti-shock Incabloc® system and the stop-seconds. Powered by the new unidirectional, hexagonal-shaped, openworked, rose gold rotor with a “honeycomb” motif, the movement showcases handmade Fleurier-standard finishings, such as the Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges.
MAESTRO 3.0 CHRONOGRAPH
This 41 mm chronograph has two pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock that start and restart the function; these are angled and rounded, almost mimicking the case design. Staying true to its core construction, this watch has a white minute track with wavy textures, applied baton and round rose gold hour markers, and baton-style hour and minute hands, treated with Super-LumiNova with green light. The chronograph comes with three subdials: a 60-second counter at 3 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, with clear white markings.
The movements are manufactured by Vaucher. The chronograph model is powered by Calibre GCA 3022/12 with twin barrels, offering 50 hours of power reserve. The anti-glare sapphire crystal porthole offers a view of the mechanics and handmade Fleurier-standard finishings; one can also spot the new unidirectional, hexagonal-shaped, openworked, rose gold rotor with a “honeycomb” motif. Both the newly launched models are completed on chocolate brown vulcanised rubber straps with a Clous de Paris finish on the top side and polished 18 ct rose gold pin buckles, each with the GC logo engraving.