Analysis: Understanding the Genius of the Late Gerald Genta, the Maestro in Watch Designing (Part 1 of 2)

Jason Mai
Jason Mai
Jul 26, 2016 · 7 min read
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Introduction

Five summers ago, the world of horology lost arguably the most important and talented modern watch designer ever graced the planet — Mr. Gerald Genta. As a watch designing hero to many of us (and most certainly the Lengbeau team), his legacy is to be missed. You might or might not have heard of him but we guarantee you’d recognize some of the his most groundbreaking creations, not the least of which, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus, with the kind of boldness and flair unseen before. Before Genta, there was no such thing as a luxury sport watch in steel. Today, we cannot imagine a world without one.

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The Steel Trio — AP Royal Oak, Patek Nautilus and IWC Ingenieur

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An Audacious Undertaking — The Royal Oak

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​The First “Sporty” Patek — The Nautilus

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Making Scientists Look Edgy — The IWC Ingenieur SL

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And Something More… A Credor (Seiko’s Premium Line) Designed by Genta

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