In March 2021, independent Swiss brand Gerald Charles introduced the second, and final, Maestro Premier 2021 Edition. The Maestro 3.0 Chronograph Premier 2021 Edition, Ref. GC3.0-RG-02, is an exclusive design limited to just 25 pieces.
Equipped with an exquisite Swiss Made ultra-thin automatic chronograph calibre, this timepiece blends artistic creativity with the finest watchmaking traditions. And as with the Maestro 2.0 Premier 2021 Edition, released earlier this year, this unique design will never be repeated.
For the Maestro 3.0 Chronograph Premier 2021 Edition, Gerald Charles has once more revisited the iconic Maestro case, originally designed by the Maison’s founder Monsieur Gérald Genta in 2006. Measuring 39mm in diameter and 41.7mm in height, and produced from 10 solid blocks of 18-carat rose gold, the case has been remastered especially for this watch.
Gerald Charles engineers softened the raised flanks to give the watch a squarer, more octagonal appearance, and extending and rounding the lugs to ensure this sophisticated mechanical watch sits comfortably on the wrist. They also integrated irregular-shaped chronograph pushers and a screw-down crown, secondary details that make a telling contribution to the watch’s elegant silhouette.
The Maestro 3.0 Chronograph Premier 2021 Edition is a versatile sports watch. Measuring just 11.5mm in depth, it is a slimline automatic chronograph and yet water-resistant to 100 metres. For this timepiece, Gerald Charles developed a bespoke gasket to seal the irregular-shaped sapphire crystal and ensure the watch could withstand the pressures experienced at depth.
The beautifully hand-finished Calibre Ref. GCA3022/12 is based on Gerald Charles Calibre GCA3002, an automatic movement created by Vaucher and customised in partnership with Gerald Charles for the Maestro 2.0 Premier Edition 2021. It has a thickness of only 6.07mm, including its solid 18-carat gold, bi-directional rotating oscillating weight. The movement, which has a power reserve of 50 hours, can be seen through the case back’s sapphire crystal, alongside the engraving ‘Premier 2021’.
For the Premier 2021 Editions, Gerald Charles’s designers chose to pair warm 18-carat rose gold with a magical emerald green, a combination created exclusively for this unique series of two watches.
The dial has a sunburst finish, while the durable, flexible strap, produced in sporty vulcanised rubber and decorated with a Clous de Paris motif originally designed by Monsieur Genta, is also emerald green. Perfecting and matching the dial and strap colours required intensive development.
Model: Gerald Charles Maestro 3.0 Chronograph Premier 2021 Limited Edition, Ref. GC3.0-RG-02
18-carat rose gold, 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 chronograph, 6.07mm thickness, 351 components, 46 rubies, 28,800vph, 50-hour power reserve from twin barrels, anti-shock system, Incabloc® stop-second system, 18-carat rose-gold bi-directional rotating rotor with ceramic ball bearing, hours, minutes and central seconds, chronograph with counters at 3, 6 and 9, circular-grained and Côtes de Genève decoration.
Emerald green vulcanised rubber, Clous de Paris finish to top side, Gerald Charles logo tapisserie to rear, rose-gold buckle.