Gerald Charles launches Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon

This grand complication celebrates Roman architecture and art, and features an abundance of case, dial, and movement details. It is a limited edition of 50 pieces.


Gerald Charles has just launched the Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon.

It is a tribute to Mr. Gérald Charles Genta (1st May 1931 – 17th August 2011), a Swiss watchmaker and artist, who founded his namesake brand Gerald Charles in the year 2000. “He gave his two first names to his latest brand to create a unique bond between himself and his creations.”  Mr. Genta is one of the most well-renown watch designers of all time. His legacy includes designs for Audemars Piguet, IWC, Omega, Patek Philippe and Universal Genèva. Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus are among his most famous designs.

Mr. Genta designed the Gerald Charles Maestro. The collection was unveiled in 2005, a Maestro case with a tourbillon. “Featuring the iconic smile at 6 o’clock, the case has the perfect shape to host the tourbillon cage.”

As compared to the Maestro 9.0 Tourbillon unveiled in 2023, the new Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon “has been revisited with a new twist on the tourbillon embracing an old-style elegance.”  It celebrates Roman architecture and art, both an inspiration for the Maestro case design, further highlighted by the Roman numerals, III, IX and XIII, on the dial. The Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon represents Gerald Charles “core values and origins” and highlights the brand’s “high-end skills and expertise in going beyond the limits.”


Key Features


Functions and Tourbillon Cage

The Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon’s functions and its tourbillon cage features include:

– Central hours and minutes.

– 60-seconds automatic flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. It is “Gerald Charles personalized tourbillon cage in titanium, designed by Octavio Garcia, representing the Gerald Charles logo.”

– The flying tourbillon cage features “three personalized head screws,”  a patented design.

– An 18K yellow gold tourbillon bridge “secures the tourbillon to the movement.”

– Small seconds indicator – “a blue indicator applied to the “G” of the cage that serves as a small seconds indicator” – on the tourbillon at 6 o’clock.

– Stop-seconds system for precise time setting.


Movement

The Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon is powered by a manufacture calibre developed by Gerald Charles, Ref. GCA 3024/12. It is a mechanical self-winding calibre.

– It features a 22K 4N rose-gold unidirectional winding rotor shaped in Gerald Charles “Honeycomb” design, featuring a sandblasted finish with polished outlines.

– Its diameter is 28.00 mm and total thickness is 4.87 mm.

– It comprises of 196 components.

– It has 33 jewels.

– It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz or 28,800 vph.

– It has a power reserve of 50 hours.

– It features an Incabloc® anti-shock system. It has 5G shock resistance, evaluated with a 5 axes robotic arm.


Movement Finishing

The Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon’s exemplary movement finishing includes:

– Its bridges are “finely decorated with colimacon, Cotes de Genèva and perlage finishes.”

– It features diamond polished chamfering.

– The tourbillon bridge features radial Cotes de Genève finish and polished chamfering.

– Engravings are yellow gold colour.


Dial

The Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon’s dial features include:

– It features a Métier d’Art uncoated18K rose gold hand-hammered dial.

– The Gerald Charles logo is displayed on a cartouche made of 5N gold, positioned between the centre of the dial and XII.

– “Suisse Martelé Main” displayed on lower edge of the tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock, is printed in P289C, a colour reference.

– The three hour-markers – III, IX and XII – are made of white gold PD150. They are filled with white Super-LumiNova®, emitting blue light at night.

– The hour and minute hands are baton shaped and flat, and filled with white Super-LumiNova®, emitting blue light at night.

“The result is a homogenous and refined texture which doesn’t affect readability and makes each piece extremely unique and exclusive. Given the technique and handmade craftmanship only two pieces per month can be produced. The buyer of a Roman Tourbillon’s will own a truly unique piece as no one watch is identical to another.”


Case, Bezel and Strap

The Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon’s case, bezel and strap features include:

– Its case is made of 316L medical-grade stainless steel and features a hand-polished finish. Its caseback features a vertical brushed finish.

– It has a width of 39 mm, length of 41.70 mm and thickness of 9.00 mm. Its lug width is 22.00 mm.

– It features a screw-down crown at 3 o’clock, which has a Clou de Paris finish and an embossed logo.

– The case is constructed using CNC numeric control machinery. It is an “asymmetric polygon with smooth edges.”

– Its bezel is made of grade-5 titanium. “The blue bezel features a specialized coating achieved through an advanced galvanic treatment. Derived from technologies utilized in aeronautics, the process gives the bezel superior mechanical and chemical properties. The coating ensures remarkable durability and resistance to extreme stresses, while the refined blue finish enhances aesthetic appeal and significantly extends the longevity and robustness of the timepiece.”

– On its dial side, it features a sapphire crystal with multi-layer anti-reflective treatment on both sides.

– On its caseback side, it features a flat sapphire crystal, providing a view of the movement.

– The total weight of the timepiece is 93 grams.

– It is water resistant up to 10 ATM or 100 metres.

– It comes with a hand-stitched Mat blue alligator strap, with a total length of 193 mm and width of 22-20 mm. Its newly designed folding clasp features a polished and contrasting sandblasted finish.


Additional Details

Name: Gerald Charles Maestro 9.0 Roman Tourbillon

Reference: GC9.0-A-RT-5N

Price (excluding VAT): Swiss Franc (CHF) 82,400 / Euro (EUR) 83,100 / Great Britain Pounds (GBP) 75,000 / United States Dollar (USD): 94,600

It is a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Warranty is 5 years, following ‘Smart Warranty’ system registration.

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