For such an iconic design and numerous combination of materials and colours, there are not many interesting examples of customised Rolex Daytona. Artisans de Geneve just lunched a fully skeletonised Daytona in collaboration with Colombian ex-Formula 1 driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, and it is as interesting, if not more so, than some of official references.
As a three time winner of Rolex 24 at Daytona, it is not difficult to understand why the watch style sharing the same name is Juan Pablo Montoya’s favourite watch. The customised watch with Artisans de Geneve, named “La Montoya”, took more than two years to research and develop. It was set out to be unique and unlike any official releases because the racer already acquired seven or eight of them.
Modifications of the La Montoya are mainly done by hand, including tachymeter bezel machined from forged carbon, skeleton dial with chronograph counters painted in the colours of the Colombian flag, and red sandblasted central chronograph seconds hand. The most complicated procedure though, would be turning the Rolex Caliber 4130 into a skeleton movement. The movement has been dismounted piece by piece, cut, angled, and finished by hand. There is also a completely openwork rotor in 22 carat grey gold. The case back is now see-through for revealing the movement, and is adorned with individual numbering and special engravings. The watch is limited to 50 pieces only.