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SMILING DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE IN THE GÉRALD GENTA ARENA RETROGRADE

Universally known, Disney’s Mickey Mouse has continued to delight millions of children and adults for over 90 years. It’s now time to bring Gérald Genta and Disney’s Mickey Mouse back together with the new Gérald Genta Arena Retrograde with smiling Disney Mickey Mouse.

SMILING DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE IN THE GÉRALD GENTA ARENA RETROGRADE

This is a pure joyful, playful classic watchmaking timepiece, featuring Disney’s most iconic mouse, in a design with the retrograde display that has become a signature of the Gérald Genta brand. The historical models have become highly sought-after by collectors. No doubt that this one is already on their radar.

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Bvlgari Gérald Genta Bi-Retrograde watch with brushed titanium case, black and anthracite dial and matte black alligator bracelet.

TITANIUM GÉRALD GENTA ARENA BI-RETRO SPORT

This Titanium execution expresses the sport-chic essence of Genta at its best, featuring jumping hours which are displayed through a window at 12 o’clock, while the minutes are tracked on an arc spanning the top half of the black anthracite dial, across which the minute hand travels and snaps back to zero every 60 minutes. Likewise, for the date, which is set in a smaller arc at 6 o’clock.

Sketch of the Bvlgari Gerald Genta 50th Anniversary Arena Bi-retro watch with jumping hours and retrograde minutes and date, side view and Bvlgari Gerald Genta 50th Anniversary Arena Bi-retro watch with jumping hours, retrograde minutes and date, platinum case, blue dial and bracelet.

THE ARENA BI-RETRO 50TH ANNIVERSARY WATCH

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Gérald Genta brand. A jumping hour platinum watch celebrates this milestone, honouring half a century of watchmaking genius and expertise. Based on the iconic 1969 piece, the watch reinvents Gérald Genta’s distinctive design codes and signature mechanical movement.

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A CONVERSATION WITH FABRIZIO BUONAMASSA, WATCH DESIGN DIRECTOR


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The Swiss designer and watchmaker Gérald Genta while drawing a sketch of a Gérald Genta watch.

GÉRALD GENTA, MORE THAN A LEGEND

Visionary watchmaker and designer, Gérald Genta left a legacy of iconic designs. Not only did he pioneer genre-defining sporty chic models and Grand Complication timepieces, but he also introduced new ways to read time with his retrograde and bi-retrograde movements. And yet, he never forgot his sense of playfulness, infusing the art of watchmaking with his rule-breaking attitude. In 1982, Gérald Genta created his own atelier in Geneva. This was the beginning of a tremendous success and of unleashed creativity.

Gérald Genta Grand and Petite Sonnerie watch with rose gold case, white dial and red strap and Gérald Genta Grande et Petite Sonnerie watch with rose gold case and white dial, close-up of the winding crown.

ORCHESTRATING THE GRANDE SONNERIE

For his jubilee, in 1994, Gérald Genta came up with the most powerful statement: the first Grande Sonnerie with a self-winding system. More than 1000 components, a Westminster carillon with 4 hammers, 2 barrels, one for the chime and one for the movement. On top of that, a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, and a second time zone display. Built as a pyramid, the case is also very special. Nothing less than this. Watchlovers are still amazed by this masterpiece.

THE FIRST RETROGRADE WATCH

A true turning point in the history of horlogerie, the original Arena watch was the first retrograde watch on the market flaunting the unforeseen combination of jumping hours and retrograde minutes. A rare, complex and exacting mechanism that represents a triumph of precision and know-how. A rare and complex mechanism that would become one of Gérald Genta's most recognised and signature masterpieces.

2000: GÉRALD GENTA AND BVLGARI

In the year 2000, the Gérald Genta brand was acquired by Bvlgari — and its teams and knowledge were subsequently integrated into the Bvlgari watches manufacture at Le Sentier. The decades of expertise engendered in this incorporation helped lay the foundation for Bvlgari as an unrivalled force in the world of haute horlogerie.

Bvlgari Octo Chronograph Quadri-Retro Gérald Genta collection watch with steel case, black ceramic dial and black bracelet and Bvlgari Octo Chronograph Quadri-Retro Gérald Genta collection watch with steel case, black ceramic dial and black bracelet, close-up.
Bvlgari Octo Chronograph Quadri-Retro Gérald Genta collection watch with steel case, black ceramic dial and black bracelet and Bvlgari Octo Chronograph Quadri-Retro Gérald Genta collection watch with steel case, black ceramic dial and black bracelet, close-up.