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Gerald Genta 50th Anniversary - Arena Bi-Retro

Bvlgari pays tribute to 50 years of Gerald Genta watchmaking genius and expertise

The Watch Quote™ - January 26th, 2019

In 2019 Bvlgari pays tribute to Gérald Genta Brand 50th Anniversary with the unveiling of a jumping hours platinum watch.

Watch aficionados will know that Bvlgari acquired Gérald Genta in 2000, a brand founded in 1969 by the designer and watch master genius. 50 years later, his expertise, soul and most of the company’s highly skilled watchmakers have been integrated into Bvlgari’s state-of-the-art manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The launch of this watch, which bears the original Gérald Genta logo on the dial, pays homage to the role that this one-time legendary Brand has played in Bvlgari’s watchmaking success over the past 18 years.

Bvlgari’s fast-paced growth in the watch industry cannot be disconnected from the wise decision to purchase Genta Manufacture almost two decades ago. The acquisition of this exceptional know-how gave further confidence and ambition to Bvlgari to venture into haute horlogerie complications such as chiming mechanisms as well as eventually to envision and develop Finissimo ultra-thin movements that have garnered Bulgari four world records to date. The simpler automatic base caliber Solotempo is another milestone achieved thanks to the Swiss watchmaker’s input. Gérald Genta has been an accelerator and an inspiration for a Bvlgari Horlogerie to enter and establish itself in the top league of high-end Swiss watchmakers, as suggested by the many watchmaking Grand Prix awards and other distinctions won in the recent years.

Daring to be different is a quality that Bvlgari enshrines in each of its watches as it works closely with talented master watchmakers of the Manufacture in Le Sentier Manufacture to push the boundaries of feasibility in terms of mechanical bravado as well as aesthetics.

Capitalizing on the successful integration of Gérald Genta’s horological skills and brilliance with Bvlgari’s strong sense of style, the Octo Finissimo is now one of Bvlgari’s most successful men’s watches. Add in Bvlgari’s jewelry-making skills and Italian flair and the result is exceptional.

The Gérald Genta 50th Anniversary Watch is housed in the famous chunky, round Arena case, with a smooth, wide, curved bezel in highly polished platinum. The jumping hours are displayed through a window at 12 o’clock, while the minutes are tracked on an arc spanning the top half of the blue lacquer dial, across which the minute hand travels and snaps back to zero every 60 minutes. Likewise, for the date, arranged in a smaller arc at 6 o’clock. Powered by the BVL 300 Caliber with a bidirectional self-winding movement boasting a 42-hour power reserve, the complex
mechanism is visible through the scratch resistant sapphire case back.

Collectors will doubtless appreciate this tribute. Moreover, Bvlgari is thereby adding another icon to its Rinascimento watch portfolio.

Gerald Genta 50th Anniversary - Arena Bi-Retro

Technical specifications

Movement :Bi-rétro BVL 300 Caliber
Manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding (bidirectional)
Jumping hours
Retrograde minutes (210°)
Retrograde date (180°)
Case :Platinum
Diameter :41 mm
Dial :Blue lacquered
Bracelet :Blue alligator strap
Buckle :White gold folding clasp

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