in In Depth

Video. Juan Pablo Montoya, on
“La Montoya”

Discover what the champion has to say about his incredible timepiece, how it resonates with his life and achievements, and what it was like to work with Artisans de Genève.

Juan Pablo Montoya is first and foremost an incredible F1 champion. Between 2001 and 2005, he won 7 Grand Prix, and notably the Grand Prix de Monaco, a race which is very dear to his heart. In 2004, he established a record of speed in Monza: 162.9 mph, the fastest lap in F1 history. 14 years have passed before someone could equal his amazing performance.

However, what made his career truly exceptional is the fact that he didn’t limit himself to F1 racing. To this day, he is the only driver to win so many different race categories; CART Series, the Indianapolis 500, and more importantly, the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Juan Pablo Montoya holding a trophy
I think what drives me is being better than anybody else.

Juan Pablo Montoya is an example of dedication and hard work, fueled by pure passion for what he does. This clearly showed when Artisans de Genève imagined the “La Montoya” with him. His love for the Daytona model, and the idea he has of this icon were crucial to the creative process.

Thank you Mr Montoya, it was an incredible opportunity to work on this project with you.


Video Transcript

“I never thought racing was going to be my career. It was my passion, it was my life, it’s what I’d always wanted to do when I grew up. I started my career with karting when I was six years old, I grew up racing in Colombia, and I’ve been racing ever since. I just love it. I don’t remember my first victory that well, but I do remember the first time I lost and how painful it was. As a kid, when you lose a race, you have to learn how to deal with the defeats to get to the success. I think what drives me is being better than anybody else.

Artisans de Genève embodies what I wanted in somebody who would build a watch for me. They are that somebody that was happy to remove limits to how a watch should be built. After my last watch was so successful, it was hard to come up with something better and they gave me the opportunity to build something that hadn’t been made before, and it couldn’t be any better.

I’ve always been passionate about the Rolex Daytona, I probably have seven or eight of them. 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 went far beyond anything I could ask for.

The more I look at this timepiece, the more I like it.

Juan Pablo Montoya