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The New “Destro” Gerald Charles Maestro 8.0 GC Sport Squelette in Titanium

Developed with and tested by professional athletes, the new GC Sport watch is cool as ice.

| By Denis Peshkov | 2 min read |

The Gerald Charles brand was established by the esteemed Swiss watch designer Gerald Charles Genta, renowned for creating some of the most iconic timepiece designs. Today, under the leadership of Federico Ziviani and with Octavio Garcia as the Creative Director, the Gerald Charles brand is experiencing a resurgence, recognised for its limited production and exclusive collections, often characterised by intricate and artistic designs. The latest addition to this reinvigorated lineup is the Maestro 8.0 GC Sport Squelette, unveiled during the Geneva Watch Days. This timepiece draws clues from its predecessors, namely the Maestro 8.0 Squelette and the GC Sport Titanium with the crown on the left revealed last year, resulting in a meticulously designed, lightweight, and undeniably stylish watch that invites you to explore its elegance firsthand.

The Maestro 8.0 GC Sport Squelette comes in a Grade 5 titanium case measuring 39mm in width and a modest 41mm long with a remarkably slim profile at just 8.35mm thick. The case is distinguished by its signature double-stepped bezel, a left-positioned “Destro” screw-down crown, and a water resistance of up to 100 meters. Safeguarding the dial is a flat sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the unique case shape ensures exceptional comfort on the wrist, and the watch weighs a mere 59.5 grams yet can withstand 5G shocks.

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The movement, exclusively designed for Gerald Charles and produced in partnership with Vaucher, boasts the 2.6mm thin calibre GCA 5482. Operating at 4Hz and offering a generous 50-hour power reserve, this automatic movement was initially used in the Maestro 8.0 Squelette reference but has been rotated by 180 degrees to accommodate the crown at the 9 o’clock position. This adjustment relocates the balance wheel to 1 o’clock, while the micro-rotor now resides in the lower right portion of the watch.

The movement eschews running seconds and incorporates a solid gold micro-rotor automatic winding system with ceramic ball bearings. Gerald Genta’s original design, complete with spoke-shaped bridges, remains valid. The movement’s meticulous finishing balances modern, industrial aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship. The mostly open-worked and skeletonised dial features a blue minute track and easily readable baton-shaped hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova. The Gerald Charles brand name discreetly graces the upper left-hand corner of the dial.

To complete the ensemble, Gerald Charles presents the Maestro 8.0 GC Sport Squelette in Titanium, accompanied by a Royal Blue vulcanised rubber strap. This strap, adorned with clous de Paris pyramids, adds an engaging visual element and is secured with a Sandblasted Grade 5 Titanium buckle featuring the engraved GC logo. Pricing information is available upon request.

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1 response

  1. No,no, no. Only Maestro with smal second, Tourbillon or Chrono justify the elegant sway of lower frame of case.

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