We swim alongside the iron-masted barge on the leeward edge, protected from the current. Next to us the wooden planking appears like a lizard’s skin—horny where it has worn back from the knots, and clustered with zebra mussels. Mike appears to be levitating ahead of me, his hands calmly crossed beneath his chest, parallel to the river bottom. From somewhere unidentifiable the thrum of a passing tanker echoes around us.
When comparing the Swiss watchmaking giants Rolex and Omega, this is a tighter race than the guitars mentioned. Rolex and Omega both have dive watches, dress watches, chronographs, and racing-themed watches in their catalogues.
A watchmaker ahead of his time, Genta developed watches for brands such as Omega (Constellation), an early piece with Patek (Golden Ellipse), Audemars Piguet (Royal Oak) and IWC (Ingenieur). With his extraordinary level of expertise and existing knowledge of AP, Patek gave him the wheel to create their stainless steel sports watch. As Genta tells it, he sketched the design of the Nautilus in 5 minutes while eating at a hotel restaurant.