The Mickey character created by Walt Disney in 1928 has been accompanying Gérald Genta in its flights of fancy since the 1980s. Having first appeared on various purely playful quartz watches, before moving upscale within the prestigious world of mechanical horology, he now celebrates his 80th birthday by reaching the very pinnacle of the watchmaking art.
At Gérald Genta, which enjoys adopting a provocative approach to watchmaking, fantasy deserves to take pride of place and the brand is now granting its pal Mickey a prime spot at the centre of one of the most precious creations ever produced in his honour. Thus enthroned on the tourbillon, he enjoys a perfect view of the retrograde hour display.
For the past couple of decades, Gérald Genta has been one of the rare watch manufacturers to have its own tourbillon. It was also one of the first to produce a self-winding model in 1990.
In the Octo Ultimate Fantasy, the tourbillon was suspended from a sapphire bridge that is hidden from sight so as to create the illusion of a flying tourbillon. This arrangement renders it even more exquisitely beautiful while not increasing its vulnerability, and its longevity is ensured by an anti-UV coating. The slender movement (a mere 5.90 mm thin) is endowed with a 64-hour power reserve and the brand signature retrograde hour display is perfectly integrated.
This tourbillon movement, entirely made within the Manufacture Gérald Genta, is graced with an array of high-end hand-crafted finishes: bevelling, circular graining, polishing, truing and drawing. The parts are treated to an exquisitely soft patinated or vintage gold colour, a gorgeous and exclusive Gérald Genta touch referred to as a “Potter” finish in tribute to the traditional watchmaking values that Gérald Genta consistently upholds. The solid gold oscillating weight is distinguished by its original raised “Mickey’s head” motif.
While it makes a nod to the octagonal case that first welcomed Mickey, the Ultimate Fantasy complication model radiates a strikingly modern aura within the current Octo collection. The skilfully structured platinum case is topped by a tantalum bezel and opts for a combination of materials such as Gérald Genta often favours, complete with a red creased crocodile leather strap.
The white gold split-level dial features a red, black and white decor and an ultimate subtle touch in the shape of a retrograde hour display designed to ensure it never spoils the view of the tourbillon. The boldly precious Octo Ultimate Fantasy unites two legends – Mickey Mouse and the tourbillon – in an exceptional limited edition of 25 watches.
Calibre number GG9051 GG9051
Power-Reserve: 64 hours
Mechanism: Tourbillon +Retrograde hours
Rotor: 22K gold Mickey face
Height: 5.90 mm
Diameter: 29.00 mm
Vibrations: 21’600 vph
Balance: 2-arms with screws
Escapement: In line lever Tourbillon
Jewelling: 54 jewels
Special finishing on movement: Circular-graining and specialcolour
Case, dial and strap
Case: Platinum 950 (polished)
Diameter: 42,50 mm
Distance between lugs: 31,00 mm
Dial material: White gold.
Bezel: Tantalus (satin-brushed)
Bracelet: Folded alligator
Water-resistance: 10 atm