Watches and Wonders: IWC revives the Genta-designed Ingenieur watch.
High up in London’s Science Museum, Evelyne Genta is discussing her late husband, Gerald Charles Genta.
“At one point, he became obsessed with rap,” she says of the 20th century’s most celebrated watch designer, eyes sparkling.
“When he was designing, there was always loud music in the house.
My daughter thought it was fantastic.
I considered seeing a lawyer to divorce.”
Gerald Genta died in 2011.
During his lifetime, he designed thousands of watches, some of which became Swiss watch industry icons.
His Audemars Piguet Royal Oak of 1972 created the luxury stainless steel sports watch category, while the Patek Philippe Nautilus of 1976 continues to define it today.
The third of Genta’s 1970s sports watch trilogy is the lesser-known IWC Ingenieur SL, also of 1976, and it is this design that Mrs Genta has come to discuss, ahead of its return at Watches and Wonders Geneva this week.
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