In November 2018, Geneva based luxury watch customization specialist Artisans de Genève in partnership with Columbian racing champion Juan Pablo Montoya, introduced a special project christened « La Montoya » offering an exclusive collection of highly customized and modified Rolex Daytona watch.
Now, Artisans de Genève and Juan Pablo Montoya introduce « La Montoya » Gold, an audacious and sporty reinterpretation of the Rolex Daytona solid gold model.
An edition limited to 42 pieces, « La Montoya » Gold revisits one of the most iconic timepieces of this decade by creating, for the first time, a skeleton version of the Rolex Daytona timepiece, which stands up to its unwavering and timeless reputation, all while providing exceptional detail and execution.
Two years of development were necessary to succeed in embodying with elegance the 4130 Rolex Caliber of « La Montoya » Gold. This caliber of exception is dismounted piece by piece, cut, beveled, and finished by hand in the Vallée de Joux. It takes hundreds of hours to achieve this true work of art, which highlights the greatness and beauty of the unique Swiss know how.
« La Montoya » Gold could never have been such an incredible timepiece without Philippe Narbel’s talent and experience. As a true beveling expert, he precisely signs each piece he touches. None of « his » movements are alike. He perfects an already exceptional movement in the smallest details, giving it a unique touch, making each of them one of a kind.
The dial resonates with the automotive world. It has been skeletoned and beveled by hand, and wears gold indexes. Each hand is individually polished by hand. The red arrow chrono hand is sandblasted. The counter hands were replaced with special shaped ones.
Just as their hands, the counters are individually painted by hand and wear the colors of Juan Pablo Montoya’s beloved Colombia.
The bezel from the original model was replaced by a tachymeter bezel machined in a forged carbon block. It was conceived and produced by Artisans de Genève.
“La Montoya” Gold wears Artisans de Genève’s signature: a solid gold rotor. Manufactured entirely in 21 carat yellow gold, and completely openwork, it enhances the beauty of the beveled movement. It was polished with a circular finishing and blends into the movement’s perfection.
Final touch on the movement: the gold bridge. This timepiece wears another signature, the transparent sapphire back, individually engraved, numbered and polished by hand.