The Monochrome Challenge (Tribute)

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Our client wanted to pay a special tribute to the vintage timepieces he dearly collects. He entrusted us with the challenge of realizing a personalization that would have the unique feature of being entirely monochrome while offering numerous references to the unique designs of 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 result of an artisanal journey combining know-how and modernity. It was a significant challenge for our artisans to pay tribute to the singularities of vintage models. Elegant and refined, our collector’s personalization is set apart by its monochrome dial, its blued hands, and its entirely reworked and decorated movement. The automatic mechanism was replaced by a manual winding one developed by our artisans, providing the timepiece a 72 hours power reserve. The piece is delicately magnified by the côtes de Genève entirely realized by hand.



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The Bezel

The ceramic bezel has been replaced by a bakelite one crafted in our workshops.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

The dial has been reworked with a hand-finished silver sunray effect. The counter features 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 vintage timepieces, the original pushers have been replaced by “Millerighe” MK00 pushers crafted in our workshops.
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The Craftsmen’s

An Adventure

Oscillating between mystery and enchantment, this personalization project is above all the result of a watchmaking journey, the combination of craftsmanship and technical innovation to make a dream come true.
André. Craftsman
Andre Craftsman at Artisans de Genève
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Every detail has been thought out and reworked to infuse our client’s timepieces with the soul of vintage watches. The case is machined and finished by hand, the horns are satin-finished and the edges polished. The back of the case is entirely sandblasted. Unique detail, the balance bridge is entirely designed in our workshop. It bears several finishes: extra-fine, mirror-polished and inner angles, all meticulous watchmaking techniques that give it a timeless look. An alliance of know-how magnified by each craft.



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