For the first time the Rolex Daytona has been made available with a skeleton dial. After enjoying success throughout various major motor-sports from: Formula 1, IndyCar to NASCAR the grandiose pilot known as Montoya has been honored with a special limited edition “Rolex Daytona” designed by “Les Artisans De Genève” to his unique specifications and the moniker “”.
Juan Pablo Montoya is a Colombian racecar driver who claims to have always been an admirer of the Rolex brand, especially the Daytona model for personal reasons as revealed in this quote: “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
The 40mm case is made out of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which is rare to find on a Rolex watch and allows to view the inner workings of its mechanical movement. The case has undergone a handmade polishing that attributes it with a subtle yet unique finish. Its satin lugs underwent a mix of brushing and sandblasting to achieve a special polishing that provides a contemporary look, while also highlighting the unique skeletonized caliber.
Mounted to the case is a Cerachrom carbon forged bezel with an engraved tachymeter scale. It also comes equipped with two screw-down pushers that operate the chronograph functions and a Triplock setting-crown in-between them.
Unlike the dial which was extensively altered; besides the aforementioned atypical exhibition case back for a Rolex timepiece, the rest of the case has been left with its standard specs. All topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 100 meter (330 feet).
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Time is exhibited on a handmade skeleton angled dial, which as aforementioned is a novelty on to itself for the Rolex Daytona model. But, it doesn’t end there, all the informative elements have been modified. The angled grid which provides the contours for the sub-dials; holds the dotted hour index markers, followed by small white printed seconds markers and slightly longer minute index markers; it has also been thematically molded to resemble the steering wheel of a race-car.
The sub-dials have been colored to evoke the Colombian flag which is Montoya’s homeland, with: a blue 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position; a red sub-seconds at the 6 o’clock position; and a yellow 12-hour counter.
The red arrow chronograph hand has been sandblasted; plus the counter hands have all also been replaced with red, yellow and blue tipped hands to match each sub-dials hued numerals. The central stainless-steel hands have also been given a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.
Rolex Skeleton Dayton ‘La Montoya’ Artisans De Genève
The “Rolex Skeleton Dayton ‘La Montoya’ Artisans De Genève” (Ref#: N/A) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 4130 with 44 jewels, 201 parts and 28,800 Vph. In this “Artisans De Genève” the entire movement has been disassembled, skeletonized and finished by hand. Most notably the standard rotor has been swapped for one made of 22k grey gold, which is a signature move by Artisans De Genève. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a steel folding-clasp. This is a limited edition watch with only 50 manufactured pieces, which will actually made upon request. For more up to date information visit the official the Artisans De Genève website here.
MSRP: 42,260.00 €
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