In keeping with the current trend for styling pared down to essentials, Gérald Genta has coated the entire surface of the Octo Biretro in black lacquer. This apparent simplicity highlights the architectural eccentricity of an iconic collection, and represents an exception for the brand, which has chosen to produce it in four strictly limited series.
The Octo collection is a benchmark in the Gérald Genta universe. The cleverly structured octagonal shape exemplifies a design that was and has remained resolutely avant-garde. Year after year, it stays one step ahead of the crowd and on the cutting edge of trends. Appearing here with a black-lacquered dial, the Biretro model presents a deceptively unassuming appearance. This monochrome approach accentuates the daring lines and dimensions of the case, along with the sophisticated structure of the hour, minute and date displays.
This version provides a whole new vision of the Octo line’s signature finely partitioned dial, along with the intensity of the lacquer applied in successive layers to the various cavities before being hand polished to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. The Octo Black Limited models are both inimitably elegant and delightfully eccentric, with an ultra-modern masculine-feminine appearance.
At Gérald Genta, the Biretro movement created in 1996 is in itself a flagship calibre symbolising the brand’s inventive approach to complications. The jumping-hour window is cleverly associated with the overlapping pointer-type retrograde minute and date indications. At the heart of the Octo, the date displayed on the arc of a circle at 6 o’clock forms a stylised figure eight with the central octagon, surrounded by the staggered partitioned tracks of the minute numerals.
These sophisticated and yet easily legible geometrical displays are driven by a self-winding calibre decorated according to high-end traditions and featuring distinctive Gérald Genta touches such as concentric circular graining and the exclusive old gold “Potter finish “. This fine craftsmanship may be admired through a sapphire case-back secured by eight pentagonal screws.
The Octo Black Limited introduced in 2009 come in four limited series with white or red gold cases in X (39 mm-diameter) or Y (42.5 mm-diameter) sizes. The complete edition comprises 15 of each X model, 35 of each Y model in white gold and 60 of the same in red gold. All versions are fitted with a naturally b lack alligator leather strap.