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The New Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon with a Hand-Hammered Gold Dial

Genta's siganture smiling case design embraces a gorgeous handcrafted face.

| By Denis Peshkov | 3 min read |

Gérald Charles Genta, one of our time’s most respected and well-known watch designers, sold his eponymous brand Gerald Genta to Bulgari in 2000. However, instead of resting on his laurels and enjoying a stress-free retirement, he created a new brand, naming it – again – after himself; Gerald Charles. In 2003, Genta sold the company to the Ziviani family, trusted long-time partners and friends, while staying on as designer-in-chief until 2011. Today, Gerald Charles honours its founder’s legacy by producing watches that are distinctly Genta in design. The latest to emerge is the delectable Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon, complete with signature case and spectacular dial.

The Maestro collection, a brainchild of Mr. Genta in 2005, continues to flourish with the recent introduction of the Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Tourbillon editions, embodying Genta’s unique design philosophy. The newest addition to this collection is the Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon, a timepiece that stands out with its striking features. The watch boasts a hand-hammered gold dial, a design element that is not only visually captivating but also a testament to Genta’s visionary style and his legacy of ‘artistic creativity and technical mastery’.

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The new Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon features a medical-grade polished stainless steel case measuring 39mm x 41mm and 9.3mm thick. It showcases the signature Maestro design with an irregular, elongated octagonal shape and a curved side at 6 o’clock. The screw-down crown at 3 o’clock, adorned with the Clou de Paris pattern and an embossed GC logo, adds to its distinctive character. The case construction ensures 100m water resistance; the watch weighs 93 grams.

The watch’s distinctive stepped bezel with rounded corners is crafted from grade 5 titanium with a specialized coating achieved through advanced galvanic treatment. This blue coating enhances durability and resistance to stress while elevating its aesthetic appeal. This results in an intriguing two-tone case, though it’s the dial that immediately captivates attention upon first glance.

The uncoated 18K rose-gold dial features a hand-hammered texture, a meticulous craft that requires significant experience and time to achieve a uniform and refined finish, making each dial unique. Applied Roman numerals at the 3, 9, and 12 o’clock positions lend the model its name. The central hour and minutes baton-shaped hands are filled with white Super-LumiNova and outlined in blue, matching the design of the indices. A plaque with the brand name adorns the upper half of the dial, while the aperture at 6 o’clock showcases the tourbillon with its titanium cage, designed to represent the Gerald Charles logo. The blue element of the tourbillon doubles as a seconds hand, adding a functional and aesthetic touch.

The brushed caseback with a flat sapphire crystal provides a good view of the finely decorated 60-second tourbillon movement, featuring colimaçon, Cotes de Genève and perlage finishes on the bridges, with their angles polished. The centrally mounted unidirectional rotor with the sandblasted finish is crafted from 22K rose gold and decorated with the Gerald Charles “Honeycomb” design; also note the gold tourbillon bridge. The movement operates at 28,800 vibrations/hour and has a 50-hour power reserve.

The Gerald CharlesMaestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon is worn on the hand-stitched blue alligator strap with a newly designed folding clasp for secure closure. It is offered as a limited edition of 50, and the price is CHF 82,400 or EUR 83,100 (VAT excluded).

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