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Jordy Bellido

I remember the first time the GNS1.2 RG arrived in offices in 2019. I was surprised. I was new to watchmaking, I will admit, but this watch was unlike anything I had ever seen. No wonder Genus won the Prix de l’Exception Mécanique at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève that year. Its mix of rose gold and brown leather gives it a relatively traditional look, but this contrasts with the mechanics of the piece. Indeed, the GNS1.2 RG offers an extremely playful time-reading with numerals that appear to be dancing, not to mention the Indian loop winding through the center of the dial to indicate the minutes. But BE CAREFUL: once you start turning the crown to watch the hours tick by, it’s hard to stop.

GNS1.2RG © WorldTempus/Sophie Furley

Mary of Pimodan

I had heard about Genus in 2019 via the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, but I only discovered this brand last spring when its co-founders Catherine Henry and Sébastien Billières were exhibiting Watches and Wonders at a parallel trade fair in Geneva. A chance given the rare opportunities to wear the creations of this small niche brand whose production remains very confidential for the time being. Looking at the GNS 1.2 model, after the surprise, the inevitable question arises that every watch enthusiast is entitled to ask: how do you tell the time without getting lost in this mechanical mesh without hands? Answer: the easiest way in the world…provided you have been initiated into it beforehand. The time is therefore indicated by a red arrow at 9 o’clock, pointing to one of the twelve satellite Arabic numerals that make a full counter-clockwise revolution around the circumference of the dial. The protocol is certainly a bit more confusing to read, but with the instructions for use and a little practice, the exercise is not that complex in the end. These are divided into tens and ones on three different discs. At 3 o’clock, a small arrow on a skeletonized rotating disc indicates the minutes from 1 to 9, while the procession of moving diamonds spirals around the dial forming a large 8, the symbol of infinity, signifying ten minutes to the red Element at the beginning of the queue. Fun and easy, like child’s play!

Team test: WordTempus X Genus

GNS1.2RG © WorldTempus/Sophie Furley

Sophie Furley

The discovery of the genus GNS1.2 RG triggers a wave of emotions, the first of which is a “wow”. The openwork dial with all its moving parts, materials and incredible finishes is a sight to behold. I challenge everyone to open a box with a genus without saying “wow”! Then I was fascinated by the time reading. It might seem a little intimidating at first, but once explained, it’s very simple. Coming back to Marie’s explanation above, the hours are indicated by 12 satellites rotating around the face of the watch, in front of a red arrow at 9 o’clock indicating the hours. The leading element of the moving chain in red indicates the tens of minutes and the display at three o’clock indicates the units of the minutes. So in the photo below we can read 12:51. It’s amazing how quickly you get used to the time. The final feeling is the sheer happiness one feels when contemplating the time and know-how that went into the making of this watch. Taking a moment to appreciate this mechanical beauty is a daily reminder to be thankful for what you have.

Team test: WordTempus X Genus

GNS1.2RG © WorldTempus/Sophie Furley

Brice Lechevalier

Dynamic work. The least we can say about this genus GNS1 is that it cannot leave anyone indifferent. It’s not the only brand to offer time-telling without a dial or needle, but its unique personality makes it instantly identifiable. Like its tandem of both happy and serious founders, there is a certain duality in this watch that appears as complex as it is playful. The large white numerals on a black background make it easy to read an original mechanism, demonstrating a dual aesthetic and functional vocation that contrasts harmoniously with the movement and the rose gold relief. We wish them to be able to reject this little miracle so that a larger number of collectors can access it!

Team test: WordTempus X Genus

GNS1.2RG © WorldTempus/Sophie Furley


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