GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch: A New Chapter for 2024 - WATCHESPEDIA

GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch: A New Chapter for 2024

GENUS Introduces the GNS2 Watch

When the first GNS1 was unveiled in 2019, GENUS’s idea was to present a timepiece with a distinct identity, one that offered a radically different and unprecedented way of reading time.

It was a stunning debut. Within a year of the brand’s creation, its inaugural timepiece had won the coveted Mechanical Exception Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), surpassing some of the most established names in high-complication watchmaking. 

GENUS has since then unwaveringly pursued its singular vision of the art of watchmaking – through the lens of its hallmark complication, which is protected by two patents.

The new GNS2 – the inaugural ‘Launch Edition’ will be limited to 18 pieces – maintains the momentum, fully aligned with the previous creations of the independent watchmaker based in Plan-Les-Ouates, on the outskirts of Geneva.

In the process of imagining and creating a more streamlined, contemporary watch, GENUS approached the task as both a technical and an aesthetic challenge – a journey into uncharted territory where design and functionality had to be reconciled with physics and engineering. 

Yet, beyond precision and innovation, it also meant creative freedom, opening up fresh avenues for expression.

The GNS2 embodies the quintessential elements that define Genevan's independent – the result of  five years  of research, development, and work in both engineering and design by GENUS and its two co-founders: Master Watchmaker Sébastien Billières and Catherine Henry, the company’s COO.


Far from ‘doing less,’ the idea is about pushing even further the boundaries of how we perceive Time, about thinking differently, about concealing to better reveal. With the GNS2, the dream has become a reality. 

Today, Sébastien Billières and Catherine Henry see their five-year effort culminate in a magnificent timepiece that fully embodies the spirit of GENUS.
When you hear the team at GENUS describing this watch, you can sense the harmonious balance they sought to achieve between the case, movement, and dial, all in sync in a spirit of simplicity. 

Everything about this watch invites exploration into GENUS’s horological world: design and construction of the highest quality, paired with eminent wearability under any circumstance, equally at ease in a formal setting as in a more active lifestyle.


GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch


  Movement, dial, display complication, finishes –  
  all handcrafted by Master Watchmaker Sébastien Billières  

With the GNS2, GENUS set out to create a sober, elegant, sporty-chic watch with a simplified, visually more accessible system for reading the time. 

It happens at several levels, with a focus on reliefs, textures, and the interplay of light with shadows and reflections. It takes just a glance at the very contemporary design to marvel at the architectural fusion of space, time and light.

A myriad of shapes – hemispherical, concave, spherical… – come together in an intriguing juxtaposition of hammered, satin-finished, beveled, and mirror-polished surfaces. 

Light and shadow continually play off each other. The design’s uniqueness resides in how Sébastien Billières brings out a sense of spatial volume through the random hand-hammering of the dial. With its satin-finished surfaces and mirror-polished edges, the result is a decidedly novel aesthetic.


GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch


  A dial in two parts, hand-decorated with tens of thousands of micro-hammerings  

The dial is divided into two sections, each perfectly mirroring the other in flawless symmetry. 

The surface of each section has been hammered by hand with tens of thousands of tiny, incredibly precise strikes, utilizing a specialized tool with a tip less than 1/10th of a millimeter wide. 

This process creates a distinct, harmoniously irregular texture that gives the piece its character, its soul.
The metal springs to life under light. More than shaping the material, each hammer stroke captures a moment both on its surface and in the continuum of time. 

A sensation, an inkling of absolute precision that reveals itself, tenth of a millimeter by tenth of a millimeter, in this realm of minute detail. 

This exactness is the culmination of the mind, eye, and hand working in concert—a testament to true savoir-faire. It is an artisanal technique that transforms each dial into a unique masterpiece.



GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch


  A monochrome palette with shades of gray  

For time-reading, the watch eschews contrasting elements in favor of an elegant monochrome palette of grays. 

This allows the free-floating ‘genera’ – the movement’s hallmark time-indicating elements – to stand out through two spherical openings. 

These elements, in metallic blue, move like three small origami-style arrows in zero gravity, shifting from one orbit to another with mesmerizing fluidity.

Conveyed by two skeletonized wheels that form a figure 8, the ‘genera’ effortlessly glide around the symbol of infinity, as if floating above the intricate gears. 

The startling sense of depth comes from the matte black base of the two tens-of-minute dials as it contrasts with their satin-brushed and rhodium-plated finishes, providing a spectacular play of light. 

The delicately engraved numerals in positive relief further accentuate the multi-layered visual architecture. The overall effect is simply magnificent.

The precise minute is indicated by the leading blue arrow that moves across the center of the dial, following GENUS’s signature figure-eight pattern. 

As for the hour indication, there are no hands. On GNS2, the hour is again read in a truly unique manner, indicated here by three other small origami arrows. 

These seem to float around the periphery of the display complication (unlike the GNS1, where the hour is indicated by small, block-shaped indices that pivoted as they made a complete revolution around the outer edge of the dial).
The rhodium-plated, diamond-polished appliques visually enhance the whole, capturing even more light. Four large screws, mirror-polished by hand, not only secure the dial but also purposefully command attention, serving as distinctive decorative elements in their own right.


GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch


  A redesigned case – slimmer with sleek curves  

Crafted from a single block of grade 5 titanium, the watch case exudes an air of weightlessness, its newly hollowed sides accentuating the graceful curvature, which is in turn emphasized by a finely sandblasted finish. 

Complementing the case, which is water resistant to 30 meters, all the exterior elements – including the crown – are fashioned from titanium.

The 'glass box' sapphire crystal, specially developed for the GNS2, maximizes the dial opening, eliminating edges around its perimeter and reducing potential distortions. 

In addition to enhancing overall visibility, it provides an unobstructed view of the sophisticated mechanism, showcasing the multiple aesthetic details that define GENUS's celebrated craftsmanship.


GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch


 A new caliber: 260Rh-2 - Preserving the architecture, reimagining the aesthetic  

At the core of the GNS2 resides the 260Rh-2 caliber. Fundamentally the same ‘brain’ as in the GNS1, it nevertheless represents a major evolution in aesthetics. 

Crafted in-house with exceptional finishes, its architecture encapsulates the essence of the GENUS project: to conceive the movement in two parts that complement each other as a way to achieve more creative freedom, both in terms of aesthetics and engineering; but also to ensure greater flexibility and a capacity to evolve. 

One part, the basic movement, encompasses essential functions, including a unique barrel that provides an impressive 50-hour power reserve – a remarkable feat given the caliber’s complexity and moving masses. Atop this foundation sits the second part, the GENUS signature hour and minute display complication.

Each component is designed and hand-decorated by Sébastien Billières in close collaboration with his sister Sarah. Featuring a blend of polishes and intricate straight-grain finishes, which are particularly challenging to achieve on large surfaces, every component interacts with light in a unique way, exuding a radiant luster.

The regulating organ, distinguished by its blue hue, subtly complements the dial’s aesthetics. 

The intricate snailing of the ratchet wheel, along with all the painstakingly applied mirror-polished finishes, testifies to in-house craftsmanship that adheres to the exacting standards of Haute Horlogerie. Every single part has been crafted with the utmost care and precision.

GENUS Reveals the GNS2 Watch
Set to debut at the Geneva Watch Week in April 2024, the GNS2 ‘Launch Edition’ invites connoisseurs to explore an unexpected fusion of artistic craftsmanship and avant-garde technology.

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