Swiss luxury watch Maison Gerald Charles has launched the new Maestro 8.0 Squelette watch in Rose Gold with a stoned grey vulcanised rubber strap.
Following the great success of the first Gerald Charles skeleton watch launched in 2022, the Maestro 8.0 Squelette in Rose Gold has been designed by the brand’s Creative Director Octavio Garcia. This new timepiece features the iconic Maestro case and signature vulcanised rubber strap, both of which are from Mr. Gérald Charles Genta’s original drawings.
The distinct shaped of the Maestro case evokes a 17th century Roman monument designed by Francesco Borromini, whose shape is the result of a square and an octagon with the “smile” at 6 o’clock.
The case has an overall fit of 40mm and a thickness of just 8.35mm. While the vulcanised rubber strap features a double-face decoration with Clous de Paris motif on one side and the GC logo tapisserie on the other one.
For the first time ever Gerald Charles introduces the rubber strap in a Stoned Grey colour, which perfectly matches the 18K Rose Gold 4N Maestro case.
The watch houses the bespoke Caliber GCA 5482 developed in collaboration with Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. This automatic skeleton movement comes with a decentred micro-rotor in 22K Rose Gold 4N with a double-face finishing featuring colimaçon on one side, and “honeycomb” motif on the other.
This new oscillating weight design has been drawn by Mr. Octavio Garcia for the first Squelette in 2022 and then introduced in all of the Maestro Collection timepieces. It has been enclosed in a star-shaped space whose rays spread across the bridges. Moreover, the movement is retained by 9 star-shaped screws, designed by Mr. Octavio Garcia and developed by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier.
In addition, the micro-rotor oscillates on ceramic ball bearings that have a longer resistance than the most common steel systems. It remains visible on both side as well as the balance wheel.
Thanks to the insertion of the micro-rotor, the movement thickness has been reduced to just 2.6mm, making the Maestro 8.0 Squelette the thinnest timepiece in Gerald Charles collection, with an overall thickness of 8.35mm.
Despite the movement slimness, it offers a 50-hour power reserve thanks to the single barrel, visible between 1 and 2 o’clock, and has a 5G shock-resistance measured on 5 different axis thanks to the robotic arm test.
The sandblasted bridges are polished with anglage and anthracite-NAC finishes. The watch also has a galvanic treatment which prevents the movement from oxidising and rusting. This elegant yet highly technical timepiece also meets the uncompromising technical and aesthetic criteria of the Qualité Fleurier standard for accuracy and precision.
This timepiece features a top and bottom flat sapphire crystal, with multi-layer antireflection treatment on the top side. The Maestro 8.0 Squelette has been engineered with a bespoke gasket to seal the sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown decorated with a Clous de Paris motif, ensuring a 10 ATM water-resistance.
The case, the bezel, the lugs and the pin buckle are all polished, in contrast to the case-back and the applied plate with the GC logo engraved on the pin buckle, all brushed.
The ergonomics of the watch is another key feature of all Gerald Charles timepieces, since it sits flat on the wrist, as the case-back, the lugs and the strap are on the same straight line. Hence, the adhering surface on the wrist is maximised to well distribute the timepiece weight, enabling to wear it every time and everywhere.
Finally, to ensure the legibility of the open-worked movement, the 4N Gold coloured and polished baton shaped hands are more squared and larger than the other Maestro Core Collection watches, while the minute-track is in poudré Rose Gold 4N. The hands also feature Super-LumiNova application on the top to improve the legibility in low light conditions.
The vulcanised rubber strap ensures a sporty style that is also comfortable to wear on the wrist.
Model: Gerald Charles Maestro 8.0 Squelette in 18K Rose Gold 4N, Reference GC8.0-RG-06
18K Rose Gold 4N with polished finish
Dimensions: 39mm x 41mm
Total thickness: 8.35mm
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with internal and external multi-layer anti-reflection treatment
Right-hand screw-down crown in Rose Gold with Clous de Paris finish
Case back: Brushed, flat sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM/100 m
Automatic, ultra-thin Ref. GCA 5482
With a decentered micro-rotor in 22K Rose Gold 4N, developed with Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier
Frequency: 3 Hz
Incabloc® anti-shock system, stop-second system, uni-directional rotor
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Sandblasted bridges with polished anglage, NAC Antracite grey color, bespoke screws
Poudré Rose Gold minute track
4N colored baton shaped hands filled with white Super-LumiNova®
Stoned Grey vulcanised rubber
Clous de Paris finish to top side, Gerald Charles logo tapisserie to rear
Polished 18K Rose Gold 4N pin buckle with GC logo engraved
5 years (following ‘Smart Warranty’ system registration)