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Gerald Genta G.1840.4
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If we were to compile a list of the five most important names in watchmaking in the last century, Gerald Genta’s would most certainly make the cut. After all, no single watch designer can compete with the man that was responsible for such iconic watches like the Royal Oak, the Nautilus, the Bulgari Bulgari, and the Polerouter.
Genta was a prolific artist, creating thousands upon thousands of original designs. While he’s best known for the iconic watches he created for other brands, Genta also founded an eponymous line in 1969 that featured his most creative designs, combining wild aesthetics with exceptional complications.
This ref G.1840.4 from the 1980s is the perfect example. It is immediately recognizable for its quintessential Genta aesthetics. The 18k gold case features the iconic octagonal design forever associated with the maestro, this time in an elegant 34 mm dressy execution with a stepped yellow and white gold bezel and central lugs that connect to the classic alligator leather strap.
The black dial contains a beautiful engraved pattern that is reminiscent of the crazing pattern that can occur on vintage acrylic crystals as well as enhanced with factory-set diamond indices. As we’ve come to expect from Genta, the G.1840.4 also features a bevy of complications, which are displayed on four sub-registers. The top register at the 12 o’clock position features a romantic moonphase complication with a beautiful lapis lazuli inlay, while day, date, and month indicators are incorporated in the remaining three registers. And get this: it actually is a perpetual calendar! Even though there is no leap year indication, the Frederic Piguet cal. 71 has an addition of an ETA module to create this interesting movement. Just like the Breguet and Daniel Roth perpetual calendars.
This creative and elegant watch, conceived of by history’s most important watch designer, is in excellent condition and comes on a mid-brown alligator leather strap.