Artisans de Genève, the independent watchmaking workshop based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers an exclusive service of watch modification for private customers. Their latest project is a custom made Rolex watch realized for tennis legend John McEnroe.
The John McEnroe Lefty Project by Artisans de Genève is a skeleton version of John McEnroe’s personal Submariner Date made upon his request.
John McEnroe wanted his watch to have a modern and elegant look, with great finesse. The personalization project is characterized by an entirely skeletonized movement, graphic lines, and monochrome tones. A distinctive feature of this unique timepiece, the crown has been re-positioned to the left, so that John «Lefty» can continue to wear it during his games without risking injury.
The Swiss craftsmen have entirely reworked the 3135 movement with extreme precision. The exceptional caliber is cut, beveled and finished by hand. Artisans de Genève has replaced the original disc date with a sapphire piece to give full transparency of the movement.
The luminova was added on the date window for precise reading of time in the dark. An engineering work of art that required hundreds of hours of work to maintain the technical and functional features of the original version while offering a unique aesthetic.
Each element of The John McEnroe Lefty Project has been though and executed with the highest precision. The dial is entirely skeletonized, it bears black indexes. The steel bezel is mounted with a tungsten insert for perfect harmony. The regate hands of the minutes and hours are sandblasted from one side and polished on the other.
The original date disc has been replaced by a polished sapphire piece enriched by the transferring. It necessitates a perfect balance between know-how and technicality. The horns of the case are angled at 45 degrees; the bevels are polished while the band is satin-finished. The bottom of the case is sandblasted.