View full screen - View 1 of Lot 2274. Octagonal, Reference G2539.4 | A white gold semi-skeletonised perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, lapis lazuli moon phases and leap year indication, Circa 1995 |  Gérald Genta  | Octagonal 型號G2539.4  | 白金半鏤空萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、青金石月相及閏年顯示,約1995年製.
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Gérald Genta

Octagonal, Reference G2539.4 | A white gold semi-skeletonised perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, lapis lazuli moon phases and leap year indication, Circa 1995 | Gérald Genta | Octagonal 型號G2539.4 | 白金半鏤空萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、青金石月相及閏年顯示,約1995年製

Gérald Genta

Gérald Genta

Octagonal, Reference G2539.4 | A white gold semi-skeletonised perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, lapis lazuli moon phases and leap year indication, Circa 1995 | Gérald Genta | Octagonal 型號G2539.4 | 白金半鏤空萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、青金石月相及閏年顯示,約1995年製

Octagonal, Reference G2539.4 | A white gold semi-skeletonised perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, lapis lazuli moon phases and leap year indication, Circa 1995 | Gérald Genta | Octagonal 型號G2539.4 | 白金半鏤空萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、青金石月相及閏年顯示,約1995年製

Gérald Genta

Octagonal, Reference G2539.4

A white gold semi-skeletonised perpetual calendar wristwatch with day, date, lapis lazuli moon phases and leap year indication, Circa 1995

Gérald Genta

Octagonal 型號G2539.4

白金半鏤空萬年曆腕錶,備日期、星期、青金石月相及閏年顯示,約1995年製


Dial: semi-skeletonised

Calibre: cal. 5182 automatic, jewelled

Case: 18k white gold, screw down sapphire crystal display back

Closure: 18k white gold Gérald Genta bracelet and folding clasp

Size: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The bezel and band with very light signs of wear visible to the naked eye, however it is consistent with its age. The case back with light surface wear to the edges. The bracelet is in very good overall condition with light signs of wear at places.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense.


Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

A legend in horology, Gérald Genta has in recent years become familiar to more than just watch enthusiasts. With the rise in desirability of his most famous creations, he has become a household name. Amongst his notable designs are the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Cartier Pasha, Omega Constellation, Fantasy Disney collection - the list goes on. 


Whilst the market currently is predominantly focused on the watches he designed for other maisons, the watches he created for his namesake brand have been gaining the attention of collectors once again. Genta created many extraordinary watches for his namesake brand, including numerous highly complicated, custom-designed timepieces for the world’s richest and most powerful individuals, including heads of state and royalty. 


Of the 100,000 watches Genta designed over his lifetime, the most iconic Gerald Genta models are unquestionably the Grande Sonnerie and the Octagonal perpetual calendar such as the present example. 

The Octagonal collection made its debut in 1991 and bears the trademark case shape of the Gerald Genta brand, a form that would also be repeated for desk clocks. Of the varied models that were part of the Octagonal collection, the quintessential complication is the perpetual calendar. Offered in steel, yellow gold, or more rarely in white gold, the Octagonal watches were also offered with a bracelet that echoed the case design. 


The present example featuring a skeletonised perpetual calendar is the ultimate representation of Genta’s unique style. The skeletonised movement is further enhanced by a lapis lazuli moon phase display, one of the subtle hallmarks of the most desirable watches of the Octagonal collection. Matched with an uncommon white gold case and bracelet, the Octagonal Perpetual Calendar represents the pinnacle of Gérald Genta collecting.