Introducing a new age of technical aestheticism, Gerald Charles debuts its Maestro 9.0 Tourbillon. With a unique design created with the expert oversight of the brand’s creative director, Octavio Garcia, the timepiece is a return to the original Maestro flying tourbillon released in 2005. Taking hints from the brand’s rich history, the new release is a fresh approach to a technically advanced horological feat.
The case silhouette of the Maestro 9.0 Tourbillon is one that has become characteristic of the collection, with playful asymmetry, a rippled bezel, and a “smile” at 6 o’clock. For this newest iteration, the steel case has synergized dimensions of 39mm x 41.7mm x 9.37mm, eschewing traditional straight lines and facets for a signature Gerald Charles look. At 3 o’clock is a robust steel screw-down crown with Clous de Paris finishing and an embossed logo, helping ensure the watch as water resistant up to 100m.
In addition to the Maestro 9.0 Tourbillon base model, Gerald Charles is also offering two glimmering Gem-Set limited editions, one with a white gold bezel set with 66 diamonds (ref. GC9.0-A-WG-DIA) and the other with a white gold bezel set with 66 blue sapphires (ref. GC9.0-A-WG-SAPH). These models will be highly limited in production, with each example decorated by the master gem setters of Salanitro Geneva.
The radiant royal blue dial of the latest Maestro is signature of the brand, bringing a rich design history into its contemporary designs. With a brilliant sunburst finish, the main focal point of the display is in its flying tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position, the detail itself featuring a running 60-seconds indication. Visible through the open-heart display of the tourbillon is an 18-karat yellow gold bridge, bringing a warm tone to the otherwise cool palette of the watch. The geometric hands and indices match the cool tone of the steel case and are filled with Super-LumiNova® to enhance legibility.
Powering this contemporary design is the caliber GCA 3024/12 with an automatic flying tourbillon. Beating at 28,800 vph, it is capable of 50 hours of reserved power and is reinforced by a proprietary anti-shock design. Visible through the exhibition caseback is a 22-karat rose gold oscillating weight decorated with a striking honeycomb motif, which was originally conceived for the Maestro 8.0 Squelette in 2022 and is now updated for the new tourbillon.
Behind the rotor, the exclusive mechanism features bespoke bridge designs decorated with a special vertical Côtes de Genève pattern developed by Octavio Garcia, with their style inspired by the world of tailoring, courtesy of Mr. Genta’s Italian heritage. The plates and bridges of the movement all feature delicate aesthetic refinements, including diamond-polished anglage that gently reflects the light and help build the watch’s sense of mechanical theatre. With a thickness of 4.87mm, the caliber combines optimized mechanics with detailed finishing to create an impressive contemporary timepiece.
Production of the Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Tourbillon will be limited to 50 pieces for the steel edition with pricing marked at $95,800 USD. 10 pieces each of the diamond-set bezel and sapphire-set bezel iterations will also be produced, with pricing for these available upon request.
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