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    Sale 2041

    Important Watches

    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    GERALD GENTA. AN 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND 24 HOURS

    SIGNED GERALD GENTA, NO. 1, CASE NO. 64734, REF. G34147, CIRCA 1995

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    GERALD GENTA. AN 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND 24 HOURS
    SIGNED GERALD GENTA, NO. 1, CASE NO. 64734, REF. G34147, CIRCA 1995
    Nickel-finished lever movement, silvered matte dial, applied luminescent disc numerals, three subsidiary dials for date, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, outer ring calibrated for 24 hours, circular water-resistant-type case, rotating bezel calibrated with the names of 26 various world cities each one representing its own time zone, hooded double bar lugs, back secured by eight screws, case, dial and movement signed, 18k gold Gerald Genta buckle
    38mm diam.


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    At the age of 27, Gerald Genta discovered his enormous talent for the designing of timepieces, consequently inventing the profession of a "watch designer", a vocation in which he immediately excelled. Amongst the world's most famous wristwatches designed by the incomparable designer are celebrated models such as Audemars Piguet's "Royal Oak" and Patek Philippe's "Nautilus" but also the "Da Vinci" by IWC and Cartier's "Pasha" just to name some.

    In 1969, Mr. Genta founded his own brand and launched a series of unique creations, from the "Rptition Minutes" with automatic movement in a case just 2.72 mm thick, launched in 1981, to the stunning million dollar model, the "Grande Sonnerie" in 1994, at the time the most complicated wristwatch in the world.

    In 1996, Grald Genta decided to return to his first passion, painting, and sold his company. Taken over in 2000 by the Bulgari Group, Grald Genta SA continues offering small series of complicated, in-house designed and produced movements combined with avant-garde design.