Gerald Genta Gefica Safari Photomontage  2 Comments


The Gefica is a conundrum for watch collectors. The case is made of Bronze, a metal not considered to be a precious metal nor one with repute of being capable of being used for a watch case due to its soft properties. When I heard of the concept of the watch I thought that it was an idea hatched out of bored watchmakers who had nothing better to do - or worse the idea of a crazed marketing or ad men. Having seen the mock up and now a piece owned and worn by Dr Bernard Cheong for a year, I can just fathom what they are trying to achieve. A norm breaking watch that will age with time giving the case a different patina depending on how its used and where it is located as its environment will affect how the metal ages. Further, the design sandwiches the old world bronze with new world titanium to give it strength and rigidity needed. Interestingly Genta went with the "rivet look" that enhances the impression of this watch case being part of early history.
Do look carefully how well the dial and movement space had been isolated from the Bronze metal so that it will not be affected by the oxidation. Judge for yourself as a whole, does this watch makes sense? What ever you decide, Gerald Genta must be commended for trying something different and intriguingly norm breaking.
Click Here to see the Photomontage of the Gefica.



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