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    A rivalry born with AP’s 1875 birth opened a new front in 1976, when Patek Philippe commissioned designer Gerald Genta to pen a response to his own stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak sports watch. The 1976 Patek Philippe Nautilus was distinct enough to offer a counterpoint to AP’s angular Royal Oak, but rarely have two rival luxury watch models been so clearly cut from the same cloth. Now powered by in-house movements with center second dials, offered in a range of dial designs, and somewhat different in dimensions and durability than their ancestors, the flagship sports watch of AP and Patek are ready to battle over the modern luxury watch buyer’s heart and money.

    1931
    Gerald Genta is born in Geneva, Switzerland, luxury watchmaking capital of the world. He will grow up to become the single most influential figure in modern horology.
    1959
    Gerald Genta designs the Constellation for Omega. Throughout his life, he will continue to create legendary luxury watch designs for the biggest brands on the planet.
    1968
    Genta designs the Golden Ellipse for Patek Philippe.
    1969
    Gerald Genta founds his own brand.
    1970
    Genta designs the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet. The commission comes on the eve of the Basel fair: Gerald is asked to create a completely new concept to premiere. Audemars Piguet want to make a steel sports watch, and the Royal Oak is Genta’s solution. It will become the signature model for Audemars Piguet, and one of the most successful and coveted luxury watches of all time. It is the first wristwatch to display technical elements of its manufacture – in this case the screws around the bezel – setting a trend that will be followed by sports watches for decades.
    1976
    Gerald Genta designs the Ingenieur for IWC: another high-profile sports watch with revealed screws. In this year, Genta also designs Patek Philippe’s legendary Nautilus. The Nautilus design is created on a napkin whilst eating lunch at the Basel fair.
    1980s
    Gerald signs an exclusive deal with the Walt Disney Company, which allows his brand to create luxury watches featuring famous Disney characters. Initially designed in response to a request from a private client, Gerald Genta’s Disney watches will become one of his most famous lines.
    Characters include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck. The line is named ‘Fantasy’, and contains haute horlogerie complications including a tourbillon, retrograde minutes, and jumping hours.
    In 1981, Genta creates the self-winding Minute Repeater movement, a seminal piece of horological history that goes on to sell over 1,000 units.
    During the 1980s, Gerald Genta also designs the iconic Bvlgari-Bvlgari watch for Bulgari. Like many of Genta’s watches, the design initially meets with disfavour from the brand, but goes on to become one of its all-time bestsellers.
    1994
    Gerald designs what is at this time the world’s most complicated wristwatch – the Grande Sonnerie Retro. The Retro is sold for $2m.
    1997
    Gerald Genta designs Cartier’s Pasha de Cartier watch.
    1998
    Gerald Genta’s luxury watch brand is sold to Bulgari, and subsequently becomes a part of the Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy conglomerate.
    1999
    Gerald founds a new luxury watch brand, Gerald Charles. This brand is responsible for a new range of playful, beautiful luxury watches: the most famous is the Evolution. Gerald Charles is sold a few years later, and its founder returns to his other love – painting.
    2011
    Gerald Genta dies, aged 80. His legacy lives on in the luxury watch families of the most recognised and powerful brands in the world of haute horlogerie. Genta’s pieces will appear in the catalogues of Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Hamilton, and IWC, to this day.






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    Work in progress. Sneak peek of the prototypes of the Borealis Navale collection.

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    I like the version with the bezel, without the bezel it looks a lot like the Santa Cruz.

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    ​Very sharp indeed! I like it! Thanks Mike.

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    Borealis Navale fumed Green dial. Powered by a Miyota 9015 automatic movement, CuSn8 bronze case. Measurements 42mm case, 49.70 mm lug to lug, 22mm lugs

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    Borealis Navale CuSn8 bronze case, Miyota 9015 Automatic movement.

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    Nice !

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    Borealis Navale CuSn8 bronze diver powered by an automatic Miyota 9015 movement. Pre-orders starting soon.

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    To me they do the same types of things so buy what appeals most, has the best rep, best specs, at the best price. So many micro brands that are all competing for the same buyers, with such similar products I think we're lucky here to have so many that have tried various different ones so we can get good feedback about them. Helps some when choosing between such similar products. Little things matter when spending my watch budget nowadays as impulse buying for me ended awhile back. I appreciate all the threads and videos and links RW and others are posting and feedback from those that may have tried one of products posted. Helps to inform me and it's appreciated and why I visit here often.

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