Gerald Genta Watches
Gerald Charles Genta was thirty when he established himself as a major watch designer and began to dream up pieces for major watch brands. Over the years, he contributed such items as the Omega Constellation, the Patek Phillippe Nautilus, and the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak to the horological world. When he started a brand under his own name, he began creating sonneries, watches that contain small gongs and bells that replicate the melodies of clock towers. The sound of the world's most famous such tower, London's Big Ben, is emulated in Genta's Octo Grande Sonnerie Toubillon. The Gerald Genta brand was acquired by Bulgari in 1999, the year following the titular watchmaker's retirement, and Bulgari was bought by Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy in 2011, so all current Gerald Genta brand watches are products of LVMH. Genta passed away in 2011 at the age of 80, having spent most of his "retirement" focusing on painting and the design of watches, as well as launching a combination of the two through his Gerald Charles brand.