Les Artisans de Genève is a watchmaking workshop offering customisation administrations for private clients. The first part of their work is that they perform elaborate changes. Try not to anticipate that they should go for the direct black-PVD covered case… Their collaboration with Juan Pablo Montoya previously gave us an idea of their “in-depth” approach. Today, Les Artisans de Genève discloses another customisation performed on a Rolex Daytona, a completely skeletonised piece made in collaboration with ex-Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello.
Based on the classic Rolex Daytona 116520 in steel with steel bezel, the Artisans de Genève “La Barrichello” stands apart by the manner in which its group has changed the Rolex type 4130 Chronograph, giving the watch a sportier and exceptionally mechanical style.
Presented in a completely unique light, the Rolex Chronograph development is completely dismantled, skeletonised – parts some of the time must be completely made – and (re)decorated by hand in a noteworthy way. The rotor is motivated by the state of Rubens Barrichello’s vehicle trim. It is designed out of 21k gold and is covered with black DLC. The development includes some very good quality decorations, for example, hand-chamfered connects or cleaned inclines. Altogether, the change requires 260 hours of work. The development is likewise obvious through a particular sapphire caseback.
With respects to the “habillage“, the matte openwork dial currently uncovers the altered development. Just the rings around the sub-dials are kept, with their redesigned shape and various engravings. For example, the 12-hour counter is treated in silver with red text style while the two others are carefully selected in black with white text style. The internal flange on the fringe of the dial is likewise new, with interesting iridescent markers. The hands are replaced and repainted by hand.
The case stands apart with DLC-covered pushers/crown. Additionally new is the artistic bezel, replacing the first steel bezel of the Daytona 116520. The Artisans de Genève “La Barrichello” highlights its own, unique bezel with a red “tachymeter” engraving and explicit scale/markings. At long last, the case is re-cleaned and re-brushed for a particular finishing.
For the making of this unique watch, Artisans de Genève collaborated with two watchmakers/skilled workers from the Vallée de Joux, Philippe Narbel and Julien Tixier. The Daytona “La Barrichello” is worn on a restored Oyster steel wristband or on a black elastic lash with a red focal stripe, on a collapsing buckle.
Naturally, we don’t anticipate that Rolex should endorse this watch, however all things considered, the Artisans de Genève “La Barrichello” is a spectacular interpretation of the Daytona. Cost is set at CHF 50,800. For more data, you can visit www.artisansdegeneve.com .