Like many a racer, Juan Pablo Montoya likes his watches. The Columbian champion driver obviously appreciates a finely tuned machine as he’s gone beyond just buying a watch or two, opting instead from a couple of custom numbers from bespoke atelier Artisans de Genève. Now the pair are at it again for their latest unique collaborative project, the Montoya Platinum Challenge.
Like the previous Montoya watches, the core of the project is Juan Pablo’s favourite timepiece, the Rolex Daytona. Following on the heels of the steel and gold editions, this time it’s platinum’s turn to go under Artisans de Genève’s eye. The result is a seriously cool custom piece.
The base watch is, as mentioned, the Rolex Daytona with a 40mm platinum case, equipped with the Rolex® 4130 calibre automatic movement, complete with a 72-hour power reserve and a solid racing chronograph. Then of course it goes under the knife.
In the atelier’s typical style that means plenty of skeletonization, both across the sky blue dial subtly painted with the colours of the Columbian flag and the movement underneath. It’s an intense technical showcase of a movement we don’t often see openworked, enhanced all the more with a lovely matte palladium finish.
In all honesty I find it a bit much to take in. That’s helped by the blued steel hands, but there’s still a lot going on there. That said, it does work with the high-performance, automotive slant to the watch, as does the carbon fibre bezel with its tachymeter scale.
In short, if you like skeleton watches, the Daytona or just high-octane watchmaking in general, you and Juan Pablo Montoya will probably get on.
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Price & Specs:
Model Name: Artisans de Genève Montoya Platinum Challenge (base: Rolex Daytona Cosmograph ref. 116506)
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter, platinum
Water Resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Calibre 4130 (base: Rolex® 116506), automatic, skeletonized
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 72h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Strap: Platinum bracelet
Price: On request
More details at Artisans de Genève.