Gérald Genta – obviously non-conformist

May 2008

With its latest watch, Arena, in red and black, Genta is boldly asserting its difference—an openly daring union of stylistic flamboyance and watchmaking refinement. Under its red and black tinted dial, the Arena PC GMT conceals a double complication: a perpetual calendar and a second time zone indication. Although these two compli-cations are grand classics in the art of timekeeping, their expression and display are what make them so unusual.



The two counters of the perpetual calendar (at 6 o’clock) and the second time zone (at 12 o’clock) are displayed on two levels that set the even numbers (below) and the uneven numbers (above) apart. The scale of the second time zone is over 24 hours, thus making it unnecessary for a day/night indicator. The day and the month are shown at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock on the dial and are displayed by two rotating discs whose cut-out numbers show red when the discs pass over the correct day and month.
The taste for ‘piercing’ does not stop there, however, since the multi-leveled dial is also cut-out, letting the viewer see through to the movement below, which has been finished in the ‘Potter’ fashion (a particular nuance of old gold). Readability is heightened by the contrasted utilization of black for the second time zone and white for the perpetual calendar.
The case is made of titanium, and features a fluted caseband, platinum bezel, and a protected beaded crown, all mounted on a red alligator strap. The movement, visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, features a solid gold rotor, and - in the same combination of modern and baroque styling—a concentric circular-grain design, as well as a tint of old gold. For the seriously interested only.

Source: Europa Star April-May 2008 Magazine Issue