Today's offering showcases this rare, very fine, and complicated dual retrograde watch by a true legend of haute horology, Gerald Genta.
For those unfamiliar, Gerald Genta is perhaps the most famous luxury watch designer of the last century. Beginning in 1970, he created some of the most high-end iconic watch designs including Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Patek Philippe Nautilus, certain version of the Omega Constellation, the Bvlgari Bvlgari, and the reinvention of the IWC Ingenieur before lauching his own watch brand.
With a resume that includes so many luxurious labels, it is no surprise that Gerald Genta incorporateed the sophistication of an elite brand, while deftly designing ultra-sophisticated and daring designs. Hailing from the headquarters of the watchmaking epicenter of Switzerland, Gerald Genta is recognized for pushing technical boundaries, while infusing the rich heritage of the master craftsman of his motherland.
This double retrograde watch is a defining example of haute horlogerie principles. Built from 18K rose gold, its extra-large 43mm case of showcases several distinct textures. As does its cloisonné enamel which employs elegant yet distinctive contrasts. Creativity does not stop on the outside - powering this gem is Genta's complicated, hand-crafted caliber 7722 movement complete with two retrograde functions.
Retrograde displays have become popular with producers of high horology. Rather then a typical display in which a hand (such as a minute hand) completes a 360 degree revolution, a retrograde display completes 180 degree journey before flying back instantaneously to begin its travel once more.
We were fortunate to acquire it in mint original condition. The watch itself presents as about a 9.8 or 9.9 out of 10 condition. It retains it original factory applied satin finish. Its original band shows only light wear.
We have tested the watch and it contiues to function at like new levels.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Manufacturer: Gerald Genta
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Ref. OBR.Y.50
Serial no.: 118,890
Functions: Jump Hour, Retrograde Minutes, Retrograde Date, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case markings (outside): Gerald Genta logo, 10 ATM, .750, OBR.Y.50
Case condition: Mint. 9.8 or 9.9 out of 10. It still retains its original factory applied brushing. A couple of tiny hairlines on the back from the bracelet brushing against it.
Dial: Gold octagonal inlaid with ivory and black cloisonné enamel, white enamel Arabic minute numerals in retrograde format, inner minute divisions, aperture for the hours with Arabic numerals, retrograde date sector. Pierced pink gold dauphine hands.
Hands: Original, rose gold "pierced dauphines"
Movement type: High grade, cal. GG 7722, pink gilt, oeil de perdrix decoration, 26 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold and 5 positions, self-compensating flat balance spring, shock absorber
Band: Gerald Genta, alligator, original 18K rose gold Genta clasp, lightly used
Width between lugs: 31mm
Crystal: Sapphire (both), like new
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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