Maestro GC3.0 Black
The Maestro story continues
Four new Gerald Charles Maestro references enter the family-owned company’s continuous collection Lugano, 27th May 2021 Following the successful release of the Maestro Premier 2021 Editions earlier this spring, Gerald Charles is pleased to introduce four new references of the Gérald Genta-designed ultra-thin and chronograph sports watch into its continuous collection.
The Maestro Premier 2021 Editions were both limited-edition watches, created to signpost the future direction of Gerald Charles’s continuous collection. These pieces are now here.
The new Gerald Charles Maestro GC2.0-A Automatic and Maestro GC3.0-A Chronograph watches have stainless steel cases, and will both be available with either a black or emerald green palette. While neither will be a limited-edition, they will be limited in annual production in keeping with the company’s watch creation philosophy.
‘The Maestro is the Gerald Charles signature design and a perpetual tribute to the legacy of the company’s great founder, Monsieur Gérald Charles Genta,’ said Federico Ziviani, the company’s general manager. ‘The hugely popular Premier 2021 Editions were a preview of what was to come and sold faster than expected. Now, these new models in steel continue the story and open up Gerald Charles to new generations of watch lovers.’
As well as being an ultra-thin, lightweight watch that both men and women can wear elegantly on the wrist across codes and styles, the 39mm Maestro is designed to be a high-performing sports watch. The GC2.0-A Automatic weighs just 85 grams, and the GC3.0-A Chronograph 110 grams, and yet both are water-resistant to 100 metres andhave advanced levels of shock resistance, too.
Performance-tested in a record-breaking pool by a record-breaking champion
To test the performance of the new Maestro references, Gerald Charles friend of the brand and record-breaking Italian Olympic swimming champion Luca Dotto took them to Y-40® The Deep Joy, the 42.15-metre deep pool in Italy’s Padua that in 2014 became the world’s deepest indoor pool.
This dynamic test answered a number of questions that would have remained unanswered in static conditions. For example, how would the watch fare on the wrist at depths of more than 40 metres? While the watch has an official 100-metre rating, the conditions required to achieve that status are less demanding than those at 40 metres underwater. And would the Maestro deliver on the maison’s promise to customers of a watch that is at once sporty, ultra-thin, elegant and versatile?
‘It wasn’t just that the watch was totally unaffected by the pressures deep under water,’ said Luca. ‘It was that the watch is so light and so ergonomic that I almost forgot I was wearing it. What a pleasure to have a watch I can wear freediving and when I go out for dinner.’
Luca’s experience demonstrated that to swim or freedive at amateur level, you don’t need a diver's watch – or a second watch for dressier occasions. The Gerald Charles Maestro delivers on both counts.
To deliver this seamless balance between performance and wearability, Gerald Charles’ engineers brought forward the advanced geometries of the Maestro Premier Edition 2021 case. The new models share the bespoke gasket design first seen in those references. This gasket seals the irregular-shaped case and sapphire crystal, ensuring the watch can withstand the pressures experienced at depth.
It may be invisible to the naked eye, but to make an ultra-thin case of this shape water resistant to 100 metres required years of research and development (the original 2006 model was only water-resistant to 30 metres). The resulting innovation is an achievement symbolic of Gerald Charles’s passion for the finest Swiss watchmaking traditions, as well as of the unstinting quality standards applied to every watch the company creates: without compromise.
Artistic creativity, technical mastery, exclusive movements – continuing Monsieur Genta’s legacy
The four new references continue the story of the next-generation Maestro, first signalled by the Premier 2021 Editions, and become Gerald Charles’s continuous collection pieces.
But most of all, they continue the story of the greatest watch designer of the 20th century, Monsieur Genta, whose designs combined artistic creativity with the technical mastery of fine Swiss watchmaking. Gerald Charles takes great pride in paying tribute to his genius and unparalleled creative vision, and to the majesty of the Maestro design, created at Monsieur Genta’s hand in 2006.
Compared to previous generations, the GC3.0-A Chronograph has raised flanks that give the watch its squarer, more octagonal appearance, and extended, rounded lugs that deliver improved ergonomics. As before, it integrates irregular-shaped pushers that follow the contours of the case flank, protecting and even enhancing the Maestro’s signature silhouette. The GC2.0-A Automatic shares similar geometry, only with a rounder feel.
Whether in timeless black or sparkling emerald green, the steel GC2.0-A Automatic and GC3.0-A Chronograph watches convey casual charm and sophistication in keeping with the artistic vision set out by Monsieur Genta. The sunburst-finished dials dance in the light, while the Clous de Paris-motif vulcanised rubber straps cast enigmatic shadows across the wrist.
The two new models are powered by specially enhanced, hand-finished Vaucher movements that have been customised exclusively for Gerald Charles and that were first used in the Maestro Premier 2021 Editions. Each of the new watches has a sapphire crystal case back showcasing these beautiful mechanical movements.
The GC2.0-A Automatic houses the highly sophisticated Calibre Ref. GCA3002, a 3.7mm thick automatic that delivers time and date functions, elevated levels of accuracy and vibration and shock resistance, and a twin-barrelled 50-hour power reserve. It has a highgrade bi-directional rotating rotor set on a low-friction ceramic ball bearing system. For the GC3.0-A Chronograph, Gerald Charles returned to the Calibre Ref. GCA3022/12, an automatic chronograph movement based on the GCA3002. It too offers remarkable thinness, measuring just 6.07mm in height, including its bi-directional rotating oscillating weight, and also offers a twin-barrelled 50-hour power reserve.
Four new watches, two exclusive calibres and an enduring legacy. This is the story of the new Gerald Charles Maestro.
Gerald Charles Maestro GC3.0-A Chronograph
Case Stainless steel, 39mm x 41.7mm, screw-down stainless steel crown with Clous de Paris finish and embossed logo, anti-glare sapphire crystal, brushed stainless steel case back with anti-glare sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 100m
Dial Sunburst black or emerald green, hands and indexes filled with Super-LumiNova®
Movement 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, 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
Strap Black or emerald green vulcanised rubber, Clous de Paris finish to top side, Gerald Charles logo tapisserie to rear, stainless steel buckle
Reference GC3.0-A 00
About Gerald Charles
Gerald Charles is an independent, family-owned watch company based in Switzerland. It was founded in 2000 by the great Mr. Gérald Charles Genta, the 20th century’s foremost watch designer.
Monsieur Genta, often referred to simply as ‘Maestro’, was a prolific artist and watch designer. After selling the company in 2003, he stayed on as its designer-in-chief until his death in 2011, leaving a treasure trove of watch designs in the company’s care. Every watch created by Gerald Charles is based on one of his original designs and carries his legacy of ‘artistic creativity, technical mastery’ forward into the future.
Gerald Charles watches are at the cutting edge of ergonomics and designed and manufactured to sit comfortably and elegantly on the wrist. Gerald Charles watches are produced without compromise and marry the finest traditions and most up-to-date technologies of Swiss mechanical watchmaking to deliver superior precision and performance, as well as exceptional water and shock resistant. Every piece is an elegant sport watch, the signature of the company's founder and eternal inspiration, Monsieur Genta.
MR. G.C. GENTA
Monsieur Gerald Charles Genta (1931-2011), born in Geneva, is deemed the most acclaimed watch designer in the world. In the early 2000s Monsieur Gerald Charles Genta – at the height of his success and willing to continue his creative production – founded the most modern of his brands: Gerald Charles.
He designed some of the most modern of his watches for the Maison Gerald Charles: amongst them the Maestro is one of his highest achievements. Its asymmetric watch case, one of its kind, has never been seen before and represents an exclusive innovation.