The Arena Spice White watch glorifies immaculate whiteness and the geometrical purity of circles, it beats to the tune of material mixes, particularly the rubber and diamond association that Gérald Genta introduced to the world of Haute Horlogerie 15 years ago – and it is flavoured by a parade of colourful touches.
Here comes the brand-new Arena Spice inspired by the fashion designers of André Courrèges and Paco Rabanne, and by the emblematic design of the 1970s. The extravagant style of the era is now wonderfully revived in the bold, bright world of Gérald Genta.
First launched in 2007 with modern women in mind, the Arena Spice watch epitomises luxury in an elegantly relaxed manner. The generously sized (41 mm-diameter) case is topped by a half-precious, half-casual bezel adorned with diamonds nestling within a rubber ring. The same natural material makes the strap delightfully supple, switching this year from black to white for this mischievously youthful creation.
The subtle dial features thus appear in an astonishing new light. Black provides a discreet backdrop to underscore the outline of the white numerals shining in the darkness. The white mother-of-pearl centre enlivened by luminescent dots exalts its exquisite femininity. Meanwhile, the colours changing from hour to hour on a chromatic circle inspired by the work of Swiss painter Johannes Itten appear to literally leap out of the dial.
The play of lights and colours highlights the jumping hour and retrograde minute displays, a trademark feature of Gérald Genta complication models. The colourful hours turn steadily and show up in threes, indicated by open-worked dots.
While the exact time appears in the spotlight, the other two are veiled by frosted sapphire windows. The minutes are displayed across a semi-circle by means of a hand with holes to match the dots on the dial, setting the final touch of perfection to the exquisitely harmonious overall effect.
The Arena White Spice is a feminine watch bearing the inimitable Gérald Genta signature. Like all the other creations by the brand, it is a complication watch with a daring charm that enhances its distinctive appeal.