With this new timepiece, Swiss luxury watchmaker Gerald Charles SA has opened a new chapter in the story of Maestro, an original design created by Monsieur Gérald Charles Genta, who founded the company in 2000.
Limited to 25 numbered pieces, the new Maestro 2.0 Premier 2021 Edition is a special creation from the independent Swiss watch company. This timepiece boasts an ultra-thin 18-carat rose gold case and emerald green dial and strap.
Each piece in the run will be defined by engravings on the case back showing the limited-edition number and the words ‘Premier 2021’. While there will be future rose-gold Maestro designs, no version of this watch will ever be quite the same, hence the Premier 2021 Edition designation.
The outstanding Maestro case is inspired by a 17th century monument in Rome built by the Italian architect Francesco Borromini. It is defined by its irregular shape and the ‘smile’ at 6 o’clock, a reflection of the concavity of the monument’s façade.
The Maestro 2.0 case has been subtly, but significantly updated to push elegance to its limits. The overall form, which is forged out of eight pieces of solid 18-carat rose gold, has been slimmed down to 8.7mm, a reduction of 3mm compared to the standard Maestro collection pieces. The iconic smile is now broader, too.
To create an ultra-thin profile, the flange around the edge of the dial has been reduced, which has the added benefit of drawing the eye deeper into the dial. The lugs have also been redesigned so the case back and strap sit in line with one another, creating a seamless profile that makes the watch sit flatter on the wrist.
These carefully considered details further enhance the Maestro’s ergonomics and its status as a sophisticated, versatile sports watch, while the words ‘Premier 2021’ on the sapphire crystal identify this exclusive limited-edition watch.
Delivering 100 metres of water resistance in an ultra-thin gold watch with an irregular-shaped crystal was a technical challenge. Through a process of research and development, Gerald Charles technicians and engineers developed a bespoke system that ensured equal pressure around the edge of the sapphire crystal and 100 metres of water resistance. A screw-down 18-carat rose gold crown, with a Clous de Paris finish, further protects the watch.
For this slim luxury sports watch, Gerald Charles has opted for a specially customized self-winding movement from the high-end Swiss movement specialists Vaucher.
At just 3.7mm thick and finished according to the independent brand’s exacting standards in hand-finishing, the Calibre Ref. GCA3002 is a highly sophisticated ultra-thin automatic movement that showcases the best of Swiss fine watchmaking.
Gerald Charles’s watchmakers worked with Vaucher to maximise the movement’s accuracy and 50-hour power reserve, and to improve vibration and shock resistance.
The movement, which has a bi-directional rotating 18-carat rose-gold rotor set on a low-friction ceramic ball bearing system, provides the watch with hour, minute and sweep central seconds hands, and a date function, seen through a window carefully positioned above the 6 o’clock hour marker. This highly sophisticated Swiss Made automatic movement can be through the sapphire crystal case back of the watch.
The Maestro 2.0 Premier 2021 Edition watch features an emerald green sunburst dial developed exclusively for the watch.
Perfectly harmonizing the dial color, the emerald green vulcanised rubber strap of this watch is finished with a Clous de Paris decoration on the top side, from an original design by Monsieur Genta, and with Gerald Charles logo tapisserie on the reverse.
Model: Gerald Charles Maestro 2.0 Premier 2021 Limited Edition, Ref. GC2.0-RG-02
18-carat rose gold case
Dimensions: 39mm x 41.7mm
Screw-down 18-carat rose-gold crown with Clous de Paris finish and embossed logo
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Brushed rose-gold case back with anti-glare sapphire crystal and special engravings
Water-resistant to 100m
Sunburst emerald green, rose-gold hands and indexes filled with Super-LumiNova®
Ultra-thin automatic movement
3.7mm, 189 components, 28 rubies, 28,800vph, (4hz)
50-hour power reserve from twin barrels
Anti-shock system Incabloc®
18-carat rose-gold bi-directional rotating rotor with ceramic ball bearing
Circular-grained and Côtes de Genève decoration
Hours, minutes and central seconds
Date at 6 o’clock
Emerald green vulcanised rubber, Clous de Paris finish to top side, Gerald Charles logo tapisserie to rear, rose-gold buckle