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Les Artisans de Genève Releases

“La Montoya”

 

“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

Juan Pablo Montoya was taught the art of motorsports at an early age by his father. He quickly began to show promise, and has since then carved an incredible career for himself, winning the most prestigious races. He is the only driver to win so many different races; a CART Series title, the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Artisans de Genève and Juan Pablo Montoya introduce « La Montoya », an audacious and sporty reinterpretation of the Rolex Daytona model. An edition limited to 50 pieces.

 La Montoya » is undoubtedly the meeting of all superlatives. It brought to life this unthinkable challenge : to revisit one of the most iconic timepieces of this decade, by creating, for the first time, a skeleton version of the Rolex Daytona timepiece, Juan Pablo’s favorite one, synonymous with his most vibrant successes. 
 
Two years of development were necessary to succeed in embodying with elegance the 4130 Rolex Caliber of « La Montoya ». This caliber of exception is dismounted piece by piece, cut, angled, and finished by hand in the Vallée de Joux. It takes hundreds of hours to achieve this true work of art, which highlights the greatness and beauty of the unique Swiss know how. 

La Montoya » could never have been such an incredible timepiece without Philippe Narbel’s talent and experience.
As a true angling genius, he precisely signs each piece he touches. None of “his” movements are alike. He perfects an already exceptional movement in the smallest details, giving it a unique touch, making each of them one of  a kind.

Modifications 

The bezel from the original model was replaced by a tachymeter bezel machined in a forged carbon block. It was conceived and produced by Artisans de Genève.

The dial resonates with the automotive world. It has been skeletoned and angled by  hand. Each hand is individually polished by hand. The red arrow chrono hand is sandblasted. The counter hands were replaced with special shaped ones.

Just as their hands, the counters are individually painted by hand and wear the colors of Juan Pablo Montoya’s beloved Colombia.

“La Montoya” wears Artisans de Genève’s signature: a solid gold rotor. Manufactured  entirely in 22 carat grey gold, and completely openwork, it enhances the beauty of the angled movement. It was polished with a circular finishing and blends into the movement’s perfection. This timepiece wears another signature, the transparent sapphire back, individually engraved, numbered and polished by hand.

Artisans de Genève has paid close attention to the polishing, which is entirely handmade. Mix of brushing and sandblasting, it gives “La Montoya” a contemporary and timeless look, highlighting all the splendor of the skeletonized caliber. The lugs are brushed, and the back of the case is sandblasted, as a final signature from Artisans de  Genève.


 

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