The Zinal Challenge is the most recent custom watch project realised by Artisans De Geneve for a private client. As desired by the customer, this unique timepiece pays tribute to The Zinal Glacier, the ice-laden, monochrome landscapes of Switzerland’s highest peaks.
The base timepiece is a Rolex® 116520 with 40mm case. Artisans De Geneve has carried out a series of unique modifications that bring clarity and elegance to the timepiece. The custom watch features a clear strap, hand-wound skeleton movement, sapphire glass bezel, and a sapphire glass dial.
The hands are flame-blued, bringing a softer contrast to the steely, monochrome appearance. The dial and bezel are made from sapphire crystal, a fragile material that demands to be worked with great dexterity.
For this timepiece, Artisans De Geneve also created a bespoke, transparent rubber strap in collaboration with Rubber B, the brand specialised in Swiss made luxury watch straps.
Base: Rolex® 116520
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial: transparent sapphire, polarized
Bezel: transparent sapphire, polished
Hands: Flame-blued polished, and rhodium-plated in the center.
Movement: 4130 modified movement, skeletonized, sandblasted, and beveled by hand.Nickel Palladium finishing.
Manual winding: 72 hours of power reserve
Ratchet & balance bridge: beveled and flame-blued
Bracelet: exclusive transparent rubber strap by Rubber B