How Gérald Genta created the grail watch

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How Gérald Genta created the grail watch

Post by Racer-X » November 13th 2019, 2:41pm

"It used to be said that life began at 40 but it was a fortnight before his 39th birthday that Gérald Genta received a phone call that would change his life.

It was 4pm on the day before the Swiss Industries Fair, the predecessor of Baselworld, was due to open. Gérald Genta picked up the receiver. It was Georges Golay, the far-sighted, autocratic managing director of Audemars Piguet, the watch company at which Genta was under contract as a designer, or stylist, as the profession was then known. Although not a member of staff, the brand had first refusal of any designs that he came up with and it needed him to come up with something fast: the French and Italian distributors required an exceptional steel watch. (In the early Seventies, the Swiss watch industry was still booming, Paris was still the global capital of chic and the Italian market was hugely influential in shaping trends in wristwatches.)"

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Post by TemerityB » November 13th 2019, 9:17pm

I don't wanna sound like a dewey-eyed watch lover, but fuck it:

Who was more influential than Genta the past 50 years or so? Gotta hand it to him.
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Re: How Gérald Genta created the grail watch

Post by Racer-X » November 13th 2019, 10:38pm

iwasbanned wrote:
November 13th 2019, 10:13pm
tiktok wrote:
November 13th 2019, 10:03pm
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Who is that?
Taro Tanaka - Seiko designer
"Taro Tanaka is in too many ways an unsung hero of the watch world. We’re fond of chronicling the history of Seiko here at w&w, especially its stunning rise through the industry ranks from the early ‘60s to late ‘70s. Most of the time, this incredible growth is attributed to the brand’s innovation—the development of the iconic cal. 6139 chronograph movement, their successes in producing chronometer calibers, or the explosion of their diver line with models like the 6105, just to name a few. That’s certainly a fair argument to make and many certainly do, but to overlook the contributions of their designers would be to overlook half the story. That half—the artistic side—rests on the shoulders of Taro Tanaka."

https://wornandwound.com/art-time-taro- ... ar-design/

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Re: How Gérald Genta created the grail watch

Post by bobbee » November 14th 2019, 4:58am

Racer-X wrote:
November 13th 2019, 10:38pm
iwasbanned wrote:
November 13th 2019, 10:13pm
tiktok wrote:
November 13th 2019, 10:03pm
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Who is that?
Taro Tanaka - Seiko designer
"Taro Tanaka is in too many ways an unsung hero of the watch world. We’re fond of chronicling the history of Seiko here at w&w, especially its stunning rise through the industry ranks from the early ‘60s to late ‘70s. Most of the time, this incredible growth is attributed to the brand’s innovation—the development of the iconic cal. 6139 chronograph movement, their successes in producing chronometer calibers, or the explosion of their diver line with models like the 6105, just to name a few. That’s certainly a fair argument to make and many certainly do, but to overlook the contributions of their designers would be to overlook half the story. That half—the artistic side—rests on the shoulders of Taro Tanaka."

https://wornandwound.com/art-time-taro- ... ar-design/

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