For many of us, the name of Gerald Charles is as unknown as it is ordinary. But in the world of watchmaking, the name Gerald Charles has held a status equivalent to that of a legend. Gerald Charles is the brand formed by the legendary Gerald Charles Genta in 2000. Gerald Genta, as many of you know, is the original idea for iconic watches like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus.
After his death in 2011, Gerald Charles continued to produce timepieces in limited quantities for his clients until Gerald Genta’s former business partner relaunched the eponymous brand with the Maestro, an all-round healthy timepiece. evocative of its name, characterized by the rebirth of Genta’s creative artistic spirit. and watchmaking approach, propelling Gerald Charles once again into the limelight.
The Gerald Charles Maestro seems a fitting tribute to the work that Genta has produced during his half-century in the watch industry. Originally released in 2006, the Maestro features a distinct case shape that sits between that of a square and an octagon, perhaps a game between two of its most famous models, the Royal Oak and the Nautilus.
In another fitting homage to Genta’s marvelous approach to duality, the Maestro case is a mix between an elegant, classic dress watch and a watch you can wear casually. The 40mm stainless steel case is completely three-dimensional, with an abundance of steps accentuated by grooves and curves. The multifaceted nature of the case adds a level of complexity to the well-functioning Maestro, especially in stark contrast to the very simple and very clean dial.
Now on to the dial, which in the case of this particular reference, brand GC20-A-01, has a stunning royal blue sunburst finish, again working well with the high gloss polished surfaces of the case body. The hours and minutes are indicated by painted SuperLuminova markers, as are the hands of the Maestro Original Time. Near the bottom of the dial is an enlarged date window with a white background, matching the indexes and hands and serving as a point of differentiation among the sea of blue.
The GCA automatic movement that powers the Maestro Original Time is COSC certified, has a 42-hour power reserve, a Côte de Genève finish and a gold-plated rotor with rhodium pearl bridges.
The Gerald Charles Maestro Original Time GCA20-A-01 is limited to just 100 pieces and is priced at $ 12,000.