Artisans De Geneve – The Honey Blue Challenge

The Honey Blue Challenge is the latest project undertaken by ARTISANS DE GENEVE, the Geneva based independent horological workshop that offers personalization of high-end timepieces at the request of private customers.

Their modifications are made exclusively upon request on a very limited capacity, in their workshops in Switzerland, by independent and highly skilled craftsmen. The Honey Blue Challenge by Artisans De Geneve is a painstakingly customized Rolex® 116508 Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in yellow gold.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

A client, who was Passionate about the 1970s, has requested ARTISANS DE GENEVE to modify his Rolex® 116508 timepiece to capture the essence of watches from that era, while working with only one color: intense blue.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

The challenge was to create an exceptionally personalized timepiece that boasts a perfect symbiosis between this unique blue and golden exterior of the watch.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

As a first step towards this mission, the blue dial has been entirely reworked; the piece bears a delicate sunray finish and is lacquered, highlighting the deep blue. To complement the dial, the counter’s hands are flame-blued.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

To perfectly embody the vintage look, ARTISANS DE GENEVE has realized a series of handcrafted finishing resonating with the 1970s. The in-house produced bakelite bezel features a subtle blend of honey and deep blue.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

The craftsmen also added a curved glass and machined the case, for an authentic allure. The crown guards have been removed, while the bracelet is embellished by a vintage 12/6h polishing.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

The iconic 4130 movement has been re-worked and enhanced with côtes de Genève decoration, hand beveling, refined balance bridge and a 21 carat gold rotor. Now boasting a refined aesthetics, this exceptional self-winding movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

To meet the client’s request, ARTISANS DE GENEVE has also designed a navy alligator strap entirely made by hand. It enhances the color harmony of the timepiece while lending it a unique elegance.

Artisans De Geneve - The Honey Blue Challenge
Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508/ Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.

Technical details

Base: Rolex® 116508
Material: Yellow gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial: Sunray finish, blue lacquered
Bezel: Blue Bakelite and honey gold
Glass: Plexiglass
Hands: Flame-blued counters hands
Movement: 4130, côtes de Genève and beveled by hand, refined balance bridge
Balance Bridge: Refined
Case: Refined, crown-guard removed
Bracelet: 12h/6h polishing
Rotor: 21-carat gold
Back: Sapphire, individually engraved

Note

Watch: Artisans de Genève, Model: The Honey Blue Challenge, Base: Rolex®116508
Artisans de Genève is not affiliated nor authorized by Rolex SA.