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ReviewElegance In Simplicity: Presenting The Gerald Charles Maestro Ultra-Thin Watches

The Gerald Charles Maestro 2.0 Ultra-Thin watches are evergreen and make a strong yet refined statement on the wrist. These timeless masterpieces reflect the brand’s vision of crafting watches while adhering to the highest standards of horological craftsmanship

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Independent watchmaking company Gerald Charles, established by the gifted horologist and artist par excellence, Gérald Charles Genta is a fine testament of his commitment to the craft of haute horlogerie and its traditional practices. Credited with developing some of the most iconic pieces that have earned a rightful place in the annals of horological history, Genta went on to start his own brand of watches in 2000, thus embarking on an independent journey to create timepieces combining Italian design sensibilities with traditional Swiss watchmaking know-how. Each watch from the maison is imbued with the brand’s philosophy of ‘artistic creativity, technical mastery’ and delivers superior performance and precision, as well as exceptional water- and shock-resistance. The brand have consciously stuck to producing elegant sports timepieces—a niche cultivated over the years—and have mastered the art of developing them using cutting-edge technology, without compromising on fine Swiss watchmaking traditions. Their Maestro line is a fine exemplar of these principles and consists of timepieces that exude the ultimate sophistication, enriched with an evergreen design aesthetic, and is also a perpetual tribute to the legacy of the master watchmaker. While constantly striving to push the boundaries, the Maestro Ultra-Thin watch stands out, as it is an ode to the genius watchmaker, and is a testament to the brand’s unwavering resolve to produce watches that marry the finest traditions, replete with up-to-date technologies. Here are more details.

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The Maestro line consists of timepieces that exude the ultimate sophistication, enriched with an evergreen design aesthetic, and is a perpetual tribute to the legacy of the master watchmaker

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The Maestro Ultra-Thin watch comes in a sleek case with a minimalistic dial, decorated with hour markers and a date window positioned at six o’clock

Gerald Charles GC 2.0 Ultra-Thin
Gerald Charles Maestro

A Sporty Elegant Watch—The Maestro 2.0 Ultra-Thin

Gerald Charles take great pride in paying tribute to Genta’s genius and unparalleled creative vision, and the refined Maestro Ultra-Thin is the ultimate culmination of this pursuit. The watch comes in a sleek case with a minimalistic dial, decorated with hour markers and a date window positioned at six o’clock. It’s a three-hand timekeeper, and the brand have gone with this aesthetic so that the dial looks neat, without any excess elements so that one can admire the beauty of the watch.

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The Maestro Ultra-Thin a three-hand timekeeper, and the dial looks neat with this aesthetic, without any excess elements so that one can admire the beauty of the watch

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The case might look understated but it takes great detail to put it together. The tiniest elements, including those that cannot be seen, have been technically perfected and hand-decorated

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The distinctively shaped 39mm x 41.7mm Maestro case is based on Genta’s original drawing, inspired by Francesco Borromini’s Roman Baroque architecture from the 17th century

The Maestro Case: CNC Crafted And Assembled By Hand

The case of the watch might look understated but it takes great detail to put it together. The tiniest elements, including those that cannot be seen, have been technically perfected and hand-decorated to the highest standards. The Gerald Charles signature is evident not only in its singular shape but also in its attention to detail and finish. The distinctively shaped 39mm x 41.7mm Maestro case is based on Genta’s original drawing, inspired by Francesco Borromini’s Roman Baroque architecture from the 17th century. Composed of 35 components, the case is CNC-numeric machine crafted, all made one by one and then assembled into the final framework and measures just 8.7mm in thickness (or thinness). All models featured here are automatic versions, and apart from being ultra-thin, lightweight watches that sit elegantly on the wrist, they are designed to be high-performing sports watches, offering a water-resistance of up to 100m, thanks to a screw-down crown and a bespoke gasket, which ensure optimum waterproofness.

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Composed of 35 components, the case is CNC-numeric machine crafted, all made one by one and then assembled into the final framework and measures just 8.7mm in thickness

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The models come in options of stainless-steel or rose-gold cases with sunburst finished dials in hues of emerald green or black (for steel) and royal blue or chocolate brown (for rose gold) versions

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Gerald Charles Maestro

The models featured here come in options of stainless-steel or rose-gold cases and look stunning with sunburst finished dials in hues of emerald green or black (for steel) and royal blue or chocolate brown (for rose gold) versions; in sync with the maison’s vision of sporty-elegant timepieces that convey both casual charm and sophistication. Furthermore, the case is enclosed between a flat sapphire crystal on the top, with multi-layer, internal and external anti-reflection treatment, and another one on the bottom, which allows one to appreciate the architecture and finishing of the mechanical movement.

The Automatic Powerhouse: Calibre GCA3002

At the heart of the Gerald Charles Maestro 2.0 Ultra-Thin lies the high-precision automatic movement, ensuring supreme accuracy and reliability. All the models house the sophisticated Calibre GCA3002—a 3.7mm thick movement that delivers time and date functions, elevated levels of accuracy, and vibration and shock-resistance, all thanks to a twin-barrel system, which supplies a 50-hour power reserve. It has a bidirectional rotor, set on a low-friction ceramic ball bearing system. And this is not just a powerhouse to run the watch but is also exquisitely finished as no detail has been left out.

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All Maestro Ultra-Thin models offer a water-resistance of up to 100m, thanks to a screw-down crown and a bespoke gasket, which ensure optimum waterproofness

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The watch is a testament to the brand’s unwavering resolve to produce timepieces that marry the finest traditions, replete with up-to-date technologies

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All models are driven by the Calibre GCA3002—a 3.7mm thick movement that delivers accuracy, shock-resistance, and a 50-hour power reserve, all thanks to a twin-barrel system

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The central oscillating weight features the brand’s signature ‘honeycomb’ motif, while the movement bridges are finely decorated with Cotes de Geneve and perlage finishes

Finishings and decoration are crucial to all the brand offerings and the central oscillating weight features the brand’s signature ‘honeycomb’ motif, while the movement bridges are finely decorated with Cotes de Geneve and perlage finishes, with the special addition of yellow gold colour engravings for the rose-gold models. These versatile timepieces are presented on rubber straps, matching their respective dial hues, and are apt for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

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