Geneva based custom watch specialist, Artisans de Genève presents a second edition of their «La Barrichello» project in partnership with Rubens Barrichello. Through this collaboration, Artisans de Genève aims to offer all automotive enthusiasts, in a limited capacity, the unique personalization of Rubens Barrichello, one of the greatest riders of all time.
The new model «La Barrichello» Gold boasts a highly mechanical style combined with a delicate rose gold finish. The pairing of rose gold and black gives the timepiece an elegant and seamless look.
Each part of the legendary Rolex 4130 movement has been entirely reworked by hand. All parts have been disassembled one by one with an extreme precision, then skeletonized and beveled by hand. Each screw, each bridge, each deck, each wheel have been finished by hand in order to enhance this unique caliber. The main characteristic of « La Barrichello » is its straight lines, emphasized by the beveling, which is an extremely meticulous craft and this job was undertaken by Philippe Narbel, a beveling expert.
« La Barrichello » is entirely modified by hand. To make Rubens watch unique, Artisans de Genève thought about every detail: sandblasted lugs, inner angles, the counters feature three red and white arrow shaped hands, entirely decorated by hand.
The asymmetrical, beveled, and hand-skeletonized dial is a reminder of the automotive world. Artisans de Genève developed a ceramic bezel in their workshops in Switzerland.
The inscription «tachymeter» is first painted in white then in red in order to give it an edgy look. The rotor is inspired by the shape of Rubens Barrichello’s car hubscapes. Made from a piece of 21ct gold, the open-worked rotor is fully machined and beveled by hand after being treated with a Black DLC coating.
Artisans de Genève has developed a gold rose balance bridge, manufactured, beveled and polished by hand. It takes about 7 hours to create a bridge. This piece is the result of the collaboration with a young watchmaker from the Vallée de Joux, Julien Tixier, who brilliantly combined the most accurate watchmaking techniques with the most delicate finish.