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Gerald Charles introduces the Masterlink

At Watches & Wonders 2024, Gerald Charles introduces the Masterlink, an evolution of the iconic Maestro case by Monsieur Genta, featuring the Maison's first asymmetrical integrated bracelet.

Made from steel, the watch pays homage to Monsieur Genta's vision of steel as a precious material. The year 2024 marks the beginning of a vibrant legacy for the brand, blending modernity with tradition.

The design originated from a simple concept, but its execution proved unexpectedly difficult: “Our aim was to let simplicity conceal complexity,” explains Federico Ziviani. “Showcasing a watch’s complexity isn’t too challenging. You could simply leave the screws visible, or opt for a basic folding clasp, for instance. However, designing a watch where you can feel everything, yet see nothing, now that’s truly a highwire act.” 

Named after the southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus, the Masterlink inherits the lamé dial from the original Antarctique Terre Adélie limited edition. The bracelet, a significant challenge, seamlessly follows the shape of the Maestro case, reflecting an invisible clasp and discreet push-pieces.

The Masterlink's identity rests on three pillars: the decorative case, the innovative bracelet, and the singular exterior and finishes. The dial design ensures slimness without compromising readability, featuring luminescent markings and an exceptional minute hand.

Attention to detail extends to the movement, boasting a remarkably thin micro-rotor architecture and original star-shaped screws. The two versions unveiled come with blue or silver dials, showcasing triple-grooved Côtes de Genève screws bespoke-made for Gerald Charles.

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