Gérald Genta: Icon of Time

Gérald Genta: Icon of Time

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Gérald Genta

An original prototype design of a Gerald Genta Gefica wristwatch with accompanying NFT, Circa 1984

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An original prototype design of a Gerald Genta Gefica wristwatch with accompanying NFT, Circa 1984


Medium: Watercolour on cardboard

Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm

Signed: yes

Numbered: G.2778

 

Brand: Gerald Genta

Model: Gefica

Complication: Perpetual calendar, compass

Remark: The case of the watch in bronze

 

Accompanied by: design in the form of an NFT, digital certificate in the form of an NFT and authentication certificate

The Gefica is one of the most important watches in the history of Genta’s creations. 

While today bronze cases are part of the horological landscape, Gérald Genta was, once again, a pioneer in this field and created the first one using that innovative metal for the case in 1984.

The watch was born from a special request made by three hunters, Geoffroy, Fissore and Canali, who were looking for a watch suitable for their quests. The first two letters of their names gave the watch its name: the Gefica.

As for the design, the three gentlemen were very specific with Genta about certain aspects: an integrated compass, moon phases, a functioning alarm and a case that would never reflect the sun from fear of scaring the animals. Thus, bronze was chosen, but to avoid the contact of the unusual metal on the wrist, Gefica’s caseback was made in titanium. Furthermore, as requested, the original Gefica displayed a calendar, an alarm and was powered by quartz. The case design, milled bezel and strap integration are typical of Genta’s style. 

Whether it was by the shape, function, or, such as here, the material used, Genta was ahead of his time and paved the way to what is today considered by leading brands essential, like incorporating unusual case materials in order to remain relevant and with collectors and the market today.