Daytona | Artisans de Genève “Mika Häkkinen”

  • Collection: Daytona Artisans de Genève “Mika Häkkinen”
  • Model reference: Artisans de Genève “Mika Häkkinen”
  • Case/Size: Steel, 40mm
  • Dial: Skeletonized, Titanium bezel
  • Movement: Manual-winding movement
  • Functions: Chronograph, hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Special Edition, Skeletonized
  • Condition: Like new
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

All the watches we offer come with a 2 year warranty but this timepiece enjoys a guarantee covered by the manufacturer, valid internationally at any flagship store or official retailer carrying the respective brand. If you wish we are happy to assist you handling this task. Scope of coverage subject to manufacturer’s policy, please contact us for more information.

$ 125,000

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Description

This is not your usual Daytona. This is the very definition of modification, with not just cosmetic upgrades, but also significant changes to the Rolex Calibre 4130. Think Brabus for Mercedes.

The “Mika Häkkinen” edition by Artisan de Genève is a heavily modified version of the cult and ultra-rare Rolex Daytona. The atelier comprises of a team of craftsman and watchmakers who have entirely skeletonized a standard Daytona Ref: 116520, featuring a titanium custom-made bezel with white markings with a pop of orange and blue. The dial was given a new cutout with a symmetrical rendering, reminiscent of car racing. It has been sandblasted, then finished with an anthracite coating. The hour and minute hands are sandblasted in the center and polished on the outside. The result is a spectacular version of the iconic sports watch.

It is also a tribute to the early Daytona watches which were hand-wound. The team at Artisan de Genève has tweaked the caliber to make it a manual-wind, by removing the automatic mechanism and fitting it with a new barrel and a new mainspring, with absolutely no compromise on the performance of this magnificent column-wheel chronograph. It even offers the same 72 hours power reserve. The original screw-down pushers have been replaced with the ‘Millerighe’ ones, which refer to early screw-down Daytona pushers.

The entire modification process takes over 200 hours, which includes sandblasting the movement resulting into this distinctive nickel palladium finish. The decoration on the movement parts is pretty intricate featuring beveled bridges and levers.

The bracelet features satin-brushed lugs, polished angles, a sandblasted case back and also comes with an extra alligator leather strap with orange stitching combined with a steel folding clasp developed by Artisans de Genève.

 

 

Rolex – bio

Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, initially as Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd. Renamed Rolex by 1908 and moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.  Their success is due to their innovation namely the legendary “Oyster” case – first water resistant watch and their extremely reliable movements.
The most famous models are Datejust, Day-Date, Daytona, Explorer, GMT-Master, Submariner and many more.
The company is owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a family private trust.
One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, recounts that the name came from the French words “horlogerie exquise”‘è, meaning “exquisite clockwork”.

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Accompanied by a Artisans de Genève international warranty card, product literature and a wooden presentation box