The Classic Challenge (Tribute)

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Prelude

The Classic Challenge is a tribute to vintage timepieces. Our client, a collector, passionate about the 1970’s car racing world, wanted his personalization to be inspired by these years that were also defining in watchmaking history. This challenge was double-sided as our client wanted his personalization to be embodied in two dials.
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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Silvar Dial the classic challenge

The
Specifications

Technical Sheet

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Base
Rolex® Daytona® 116520
diameter
39.5mm
Dial
Modified by hand. Made in silver and in black.
Bezel
Handmade bakelite
case
Machined and finished by hand
Materials
Stainless steel
Sealing
100m waterproof
Polishing
12h/6h Vintage Polishing
Movement
Rolex® 4130 modified with 22ct gold rotor
Back
Transparent sapphire
the classic challenge flying face
Style, elegance, and simplicity: it was the essence of this challenge to achieve the modification of each piece of our client by adorning it with vintage timepieces iconic details, such as the bakelite bezel, the « hat » hands, or the satin polishing while maintaining the current model’s qualities.

Timeless
Style

Scarcity

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the classic challenge screw down pushers
Silvar Dial the classic challenge

Modifications

Focus

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bakelite bezel

Bakelite Bezel

A typical element of the models from the 1970’s, the bakelite bezel is entirely made by hand in our workshops in Switzerland. It comes complementing the allure of this personalization.
Silver Dial Personalized Timepiece

The dial

The dial has been reworked by hand, it wears the iconic codes of the vintage models, paying them a delicate tribute. It was made in silver and black.
the classic challenge Case and pushers

The case

The case has been machined and finished by hand to give it the look of the vintage models.

The Craftsmen’s
View

Hommage

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It was a major challenge to make this timepiece unique by giving it the aesthetic codes of watchmaking icons while maintaining the reliability of the current Rolex® 116520 model.
Christian. Master watchmaker
Portrait Artisan Christian
the classic challenge split face black dial
The hands are diamond polished to give them the «hat» angle, characteristic of the ones of vintage watches. They perfectly highlight the richness of the dials. The laters are figures of style of vintage dials, from which they take the codes and details. They were made by hand, in silver and in black.

Figure of
Style

Double Tribute

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the Classic challenge split face silver dial
the Classic challenge silver full close up