Gerald Genta Arena Geneve: An Idiosyncratic Masterpiece

Gerald Genta Arena Review: An Idiosyncratic Masterpiece


Gerald Genta Arena Tourbillon Mens Automatic Watch review

The Gerald Genta Arena Men’s Automatic Watch has a leather band material, a gold dial and is water resistant up to 100 meters and with the soul of a legend and an identity of all its own, this is an exceptional watch which defines the adventurous spirit that Genta exuberated during his illustrious career as a watch maker.

The signature complication features a jump hour and retrograde minutes which draw on a complication that Genta himself preferred and pioneered during his spell with the brand.

In 1996 Genta debuted the first combination of the jump hour and the retrograde minute that traces an arc of zero to sixty then jumps back and when it jumps back, the hour jumps forward and the little aperture you see on the dial actually preconditions the luminaire on that hour disc so that when you get a new hour, you get a shining hour no matter what.

The bottom line is that this is incredibly difficult to do and in the modern era of watch making, Gerald Genta pioneered this and perfected for wrist watches  a design which was previously finicky, delicate and impractical to implement.

By 2006 when this model debuted, not only had the company perfected this model but they were ready to add a wrinkle – a retrograde date, therefore a double retrograde or a Biretro – hence the name.

Arena was the sportier end of the brands collection and this design clearly fits that bill, with a 45 ml diameter face, it’s incredibly striking, modern and unique.

The Gerald Genta Arena is a confident watch, has tremendous presence and looks like nothing else.

Much like how the dodge viper inspires a love it or hate it culture of gut, visceral reactions, this is what the Gerald Genta Geneve brings to the table.


Gerald Genta Arena synopsis

It’s not bigger than most sports watches, ostentatious or covered with diamonds or jewel studied, it doesn’t have any weird customization, it’s not co-branded by any celebrity or car maker – it’s quite different, a watch one simply won’t miss, it will stand out across the room.

There is nice refinement that the Gerald Genta adds and that’s the use of two signature tones in delicate proportion, predominantly gold on the case.

Sloping down from the bezel to the dial, it’s not just bi-retro but bi-planer, where the top portion of the dial is a gun metal grey and the lower half metallic grey, in keeping with the outer rim.

The anti reflective sapphire dial window is the most expensive type of window to cover a dial watch. Unlike acrylic or mineral, sapphire is the most expensive and durable crystal, making it 20 times harder than acrylic and 3 times tougher than crystal.

However, if you turn the watch over it is simply stunning: based on the greats of horology, it’s a pleasure to look at and adjustable in five positions, it’s of impeccable provenance, it has a 3000 automatic winding movement with a 45 hour power reserve feature in what’s termed as a “potter work gold plated highly pearlized finish”, and is highly tuned and exceedingly refined by the watchmakers hand.

Since the buyout of Gerald Gento however, it has sadly been discontinued by the new owners, so for the short run it had, this watch was a stand out piece.

It has a polarizing look but one that owners who love it find very difficult to let go, so, this brand that now belongs to the ages might be hard to locate online today but every now and then – as one is currently listed on Amazon – if you want a piece of history, the Gerald Genta Geneve Men’s Automatic Watch may be just that piece of craftsmanship you may wish to indulge in.






Gerald Genta Arena Tourbillon Mens Automatic Watch review