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Genta, Gérald Charles
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the eponymous Gérald Genta brand.
Gérald Charles Genta was born in Geneva on May 1st 1931. He completed a training as jewelry designer and in 1951 finished it with the Swiss Federal Diploma.
In 1972 Gérald Genta wrote watch history with the stainless steel watch Royal Oak, developed for Audemars Piguet. In 1976 Patek Philippe presented the luxury sports watch Nautilus, created by Gérald Genta.
In 1994 with the “Grande Sonnerie” he designed the world's most complicated wristwatch (price about one million dollars).
Already in 1969 he founded his own watch manufacturing Gérald Genta. He saw himself as a craftsman and artist, and because he wanted to dedicate himself to painting, he sold his brand 1998 to The Hour Glass of Singapore. Shortly afterwards it was resold to the Bulgari group.
In 2001, again he founded the brand Gerald Charles and again launched own watches on the market.
Well-Known Watch Designs
- Plerouter by Universal Geneve (1950s)
- Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet (1972)
- Constellation and Seamaster by Omega
- Nautilus by Patek Philippe (1976)
- Bulgari-Bulgari by Bulgari (1977)