If a brand is lucky enough to have just one watch in their company regarded as an industry icon, they could be forgiven for waxing lyrical about its designer’s genius until the end of days. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak isn’t just an icon itself, but also an indelible and celebratory link to the iconic designer responsible for it – Gérald Charles Genta.
There was a time – almost half a century ago now – when Gérald Genta could do no wrong. He made his mark on watchmaking in a way that no single designer (not watchmaker) has ever managed before or since. Whenever his pen touched paper, a new classic was born.
So many modern watches reference Genta in their bold use of shapes – a risky practice he made almost essential. Even the watch I am wearing today (a Laventure Marine) has nods to his very famous Patek Philippe Nautilus riddled throughout its case. Simply put, you can’t get away from Genta. And, to be quite honest, why would you want to?