The Juan Pablo Montoya Project is undoubtedly the meeting of all superlatives. It has put a lot of stress on our dreams, our passion, with this unthinkable challenge : to revisit one of the most iconic timepieces of this decade. We wanted it to equal this huge champion, who trusted us with this absolutely exceptional project. We’ve made with Juan Pablo Montoya, for the first time, a skeleton version of his favorite timepiece, which will remain for him synonymous with his most vibrant successes.
This personalization has been requested by a private customer. It is a sample of our know-how and of the personalization services made upon request of our customers. If you would like to customize your timepiece in the same way or following your wishes, please contact us. Please note that due to the limited capacity of our workshops, we are not able to satisfy every demands so please accept our apologies in advance.

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Juan Pablo’s

Technical Sheet

Rolex® 116520
Handmade skeleton angled dial, Juan Pablo Montoya
Tachymeter carbon forged bezel
Original Rolex® Stainless Steel
Modified skeleton Rolex® 4130 movement, angled by hand, with 22ct grey gold rotor
Stainless Steel
Water resistance
100m waterproof
Handmade Polishing
Transparent Sapphire back individually engraved
La Montoya watch from the face
It took more than two years of research and development for « The Montoya Project » to finally see the light of day. A hundred craftsmen from all over Switzerland, among the best, and sharing the same goal : that the sporty skeleton version of the iconic Rolex® Daytona® model stands up to its unwavering and timeless reputation, all while providing exceptional detail and execution.


Research & Development

Side of the La Montoya watch
Closeup on the dial of La Montoya watch
Portrait of Juan Pablo Montoya in a lab coat



Carbon forged bezel of La Montoya Watch

The Bezel

Machined in a forged carbon block, the Tachymeter bezel has been developed in our workshops. This fusion of materials, composite materials, and lightness, is the signature of a very personal timepiece.
Skeleton Dial of La Montoya Watch

The Dial

The dial resonates with the automotive world. The skeleton and angling are made by hand. The counters are individually painted by hand and represent the colors of the Colombian flag, as a discreet tribute to this huge champion’s origins.
The skeleton rotor of La Montoya Watch

The Rotor

We have redesigned a completely openwork rotor. Manufactured entirely in 22 carat grey gold, it enhances the beauty of the angled movement, as well as every detail of this exceptional timepiece.
closeup of La Montoya watch in the hands of a craftsman
Skeleton movement of La Montoya watch
Two years of development were necessary to succeed in embodying this caliber of exception. Reworked in the Vallée de Joux with immense precision, the 4130 Rolex® Caliber of « The Juan Pablo Montoya Project » is dismounted piece by piece, cut, angled, and finished by hand. It takes hundreds of hours to achieve this true work of art, which highlights the greatness and beauty of the unique Swiss know how. As a final touch, we have replaced the original back of the Rolex® 116520 with a transparent sapphire case back, one of our trademarks. It reveals all the beauty of the movement magnified by the angling of all its elements.



back of La Montoya watch
Portrait of Juan Pablo Montoya from face
Sample of plans of the dial of La Montoya watch

Juan Pablo
‘s View

Pushing the limits

I’ve always been passionate about the Rolex® Daytona®, I won the Rolex® 24 three times, and it’s a watch that really relates to all of my racing. So I was amazed when the idea came along to do a skeleton Daytona®.
Artisans de Genève embodies what I wanted in somebody who would build a watch for me. They are that somebody that was happy to go with no limits to how a watch should be built.
The more you look at it, the more you like it.
Juan Pablo Montoya. Race car driver
Sketch portrait of Juan Pablo Montoya
dial of the La Montoya watch flying

by Hand

Work of art

top view of the skeleton movement of the La Montoya watch
Making this unique watch would never have been possible without the talent and experience of our collaborator Philippe Narbel. As a true angling expert, he precisely signs each piece he touches. None of « his » movements are alike. This is the beauty of the meticulous work of horological decoration: magnifying in the smallest details an already exceptional movement, giving it a unique touch.
Picture of Philippe Narbel at work
Side view of the La Montoya watch showing the polishing
Satin lugs, mix of brushing and sandblasting: we wanted to achieve a special polishing that gives this piece a contemporary and timeless look, highlighting all the splendor of the skeletonized caliber. The red arrow chrono hand is sandblasted. We replaced the counter hands with red, yellow and blue hands. Each hand is individually polished by hand.

Down To the
Last Detail


the La Montoya watch in the dark from face
top view of the movement of the La Montoya watch

Some of our
Past Challenges

You can discover below some challenges that we took for our clients. We are ready to take the one you will give us on your own favorite timepiece.