Gerald Genta. A Bronze and Titanium Automatic Wristwatch with Jump Hour and Retrograde Minutes and Date
Model: Gefica Bi-Retro Safari
GG 1004 automatic movement, 27 jewels, black dial, white outer seconds divisions and white Arabic retrograde minutes, skeletonized white minutes hand, inner textured bronze sector with window for jump hour indication, fan-form sector at 6 o’clock for retrograde date indication with white Arabic numerals and white skeletonized hand, circular bronze case, titanium ball-edge band, downturned lugs, titanium and bronze crown, titanium display case back secured by eight screws, Gerald Genta alligator strap and titanium folding clasp, case, dial, and movement signed
Accompanied by Gerald Genta presentation box and papers
After designing some of the most iconic watches ever produced, Gerald Genta established his own innovative line of watches, which became popular and recognizable in their own right for their risky design and use of alternative materials. One such model was the Gefica, launched in 1988 and initially intended as a hunter’s watch. Inspired by the sense of adventure and strength that was drawn from a visit to Africa and partaking in game hunting, Genta chose to case the model in bronze. The material would not reflect sunlight, alerting the hunter’s prey to their presence.
In 2007, the Gefica model was updated to the Bi-Retro reference, featuring a new combination of case materials – keeping the bronze and adding titanium accents. Bronze develops a patina and looks aged, keeping the overall rugged nature of the watch, while the addition of titanium would add a contemporary twist. The titanium on the case back serves a second purpose – to avoid patina stains on the wearer’s wrist. This level of detail shows that Genta considered how the watch would age with its owner and be used in their daily lifestyle.
Many of Genta’s designs feature retrograde and jumping hour complications, and the Gefica Bi-Retro model uses both to present a modern way of telling the time and date, which complements the case and overall character of the model. Genta spent numerous years perfecting these complications and working out various issues (such as shock resistance and precision of jumps), culminating in the Bi-Retro model and filing three patents linked to these mechanisms.
In 2010 Bulgari acquired the Gerald Genta brand, and continued to produce some models under their own branding, including the Gefica – a testament to its appeal. The present watch is a mint example of a Gerald Genta watch that is durable and reliable and will age with the wearer – components that are attractive to all watch enthusiasts.