Artisans De Geneve – The “Arolla” Project

The “Arolla” Project is a brand new bespoke watch crafted by ARTISANS DE GENEVE.

The client was inspired by the Arolla glacier for the customization of his timepiece, a Daytona® model. This bespoke watch embodies the transparency of the glacier along with its unique blue hues through a sapphire dial and invisible gem set bezel.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The fusion of materials was the guideline of the “Arolla” Project. The harmonious blending of fragile and delicate sapphire with the rough finishing of the 4130 movement recalls Arolla ice cave.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The base model was the client’s Rolex® Daytona® in white gold (reference 116500). The color scheme selected for the “Arolla” project was a specific blue, inspired by the hue of the glacier.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The white gold bezel of this customized watch is embellished with an invisible-setting featuring 36 blue sapphires. To harmonize with the color scheme, the watch features a blue sapphire crystal dial, which offers the view of the skeleton movement.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

For this custom project, ARTISANS DE GENEVE developed an original cut-out of the caliber 4130, which is complemented by the geometric X-shaped skeletonized rotor. The entire movement is enhanced by beveling, polishing and sandblasting. The automatic and chrono bridges bear innovative shapes and cuts.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The case-back features a transparent sapphire crystal glass, offering the stunning view of the open-worked chronograph movement.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

To give a unique touch to this special timepiece, the Geneva atelier has opted for a transparent Arolla blue rubber strap, manufactured by Rubber B.

Technical details

Model: Artisans De Geneve – The “Arolla” Project

Base: Rolex® 116500
Bezel: White gold base, gem set with blue sapphire
Dial: Sapphire blue
Hands: Hours & Minutes sandblasted in the center
Pushers: “Millerighe”
Rotor: Openwork rotor in X, composite
Movement: 4130, Skeletonized, sandblasted and beveled by hand
Back: Sapphire
Strap: Rubber B, genuine rubber in Arolla blue

Disclaimer: Personalized by Artisans de Genève, which is not affiliated or authorized by ROLEX SA. A customization option available solely for private individuals who own a Rolex®️ and only for their private use.