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“La Montoya” Gold

« La Montoya » gold 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 « La Montoya » gold 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.

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Portrait of Juan Pablo Montoya in his racing suit
Side of the La Montoya Gold watch
It took more than two years of research and development for « La Montoya » gold 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.

Craftsmanship
Excellence

Research & Development

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Front View of La Montoya Gold watch
closeup of La Montoya Gold watch in the hands of a craftsman
Portrait of Juan Pablo Montoya from face

Modifications

Focus

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Carbon forged Tachymeter bezel of La Montoya Gold 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 Gold Watch

The Dial

The dial resonates with the automotive world. The skeleton and bevel are made by hand. Gold indexes bring richness and contrast to the dial. 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 Gold Watch

The Rotor

We have redesigned a completely openwork rotor. Manufactured entirely in 21 carat yellow gold, it enhances the beauty of the beveled movement, as well as every detail of this exceptional timepiece.
Closeup on the dial of La Montoya Gold watch
back of La Montoya Gold 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 « La Montoya » gold 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 put a gold balance bridge and replaced the original back of the Rolex 116508 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.

Modified
Movement

Skeleton

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Skeleton movement of La Montoya Gold watch
Portrait of Juan Pablo Montoya in a lab coat
Tachnical Drawings Sample for the dial of La Montoya Gold watch

Juan Pablo
Montoya
‘s View

Pushing the limits

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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
Skeleton Dial of the La Montoya Gold watch

Beveled
by Hand

Work of art

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top view of the skeleton movement of the La Montoya Gold watch
Making this unique watch would never have been possible without the talent and experience of our collaborator Philippe Narbel. As a true beveling 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.
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Picture of Philippe Narbel at work
Side view of the La Montoya Gold watch showing the polishings
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

Refinement

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Front View of the La Montoya Gold watch in the dark
top view of the movement of the La Montoya Gold watch

Technical
Sheet

Specifications

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Base
Rolex 116508
Diameter
40mm
Dial
Handmade skeleton angled dial with gold indexes
Bezel
Tachymeter carbon forged bezel
Case
Original Rolex Solid Gold
Movement
Modified skeleton Rolex 4130 movement, beveled by hand, with 21ct yellow gold rotor
Materials
Solid Gold
Water resistance
100m waterproof
Polishing
Handmade Polishing
Back
Transparent Sapphire back individually engraved

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* The above personalizations have been made by Artisans de Genève in an artisanal way exclusively upon request of our customers. These personalizations are samples of our realizations and are not meant to be made again. If you want Artisans de Genève to personalize your watch, please contact us.