The Monochrome Challenge (Tribute)

the monochrome challenge


Our client wanted to pay a special tribute to the vintage timepieces he dearly collects. He gave us the challenge to realize a personalization that would have the unique feature to be entirely monochrome while bearing glimpses of the unique designs of the models from the 1970s.
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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The Specifications

Technical sheet

Rolex® 116520
Silver sunray finish
Flame-blued, tie at 3 o’clock, a straight stick at 6 o’clock, and a pointed stick at 9 o’clock.
Machined,crown guards removed
Balance Bridge
Mirror-Polished, beveled by hand
“In house-manufactured”
Chrono Bridge
Machined by hand, Côtes de Genève, hand-finished
4130 hand-wound movement, 72 hours power reserve
Transparent Saphir, individually engraved
Water Resistance
100m waterproof
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This challenge is the achievement of an artisanal journey that combined know-how and modernity. It was a great challenge for our craftsmen to be able to pay tribute to the uniqueness of vintage models. Refined and elegant, our collector’s personalization is set apart by its monochrome dial, its flamed-blue hands, and its movement that has been modified and entirely decorated. The automatic system was replaced by a hand-wound mechanism developed in-house, which offers the timepiece a 72-hours power reserve. It is delicately enhanced by the entirely handcrafted côtes de Genève.



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The Bezel

The ceramic bezel has been replaced by a bakelite bezel made in our workshops.
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Dial & Hands

The dial has been reworked with a hand-finished silver sunray finish. The counters feature three distinctly shaped hands: a tie at 3 o’clock, a straight stick at 6 o’clock, and a pointed stick at 9 o’clock. They are entirely flame-blued, giving each one a unique color.
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The Pushers

As a tribute to the vintage timepieces, the original pushers have been replaced by « Millerighe » MK00 pushers made in our workshops.
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The Craftsmen’s

An Adventure

This challenge oscillates between mystery and enchantment, the result of this personalization is a great watchmaking adventure for our workshop: the meeting of artisanal know-how and technical innovation to make our customer’s dream come true.
André. Craftsman
Andre Craftsman at Artisans de Genève
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Each detail has been thought out and reworked in order to bring our client’s timepiece the soul of old watches. The case has been machined and finished by hand, the horns have been satin-finished and the edges polished. The back is entirely sandblasted. A unique detail, the balance bridge was entirely designed in our workshop. It bears several finishes: extra-fine, mirror-polished, and interior angles; all meticulous watchmaking techniques that give it a timeless look. A melting of know-how magnified by each craft.



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