“La Blausee” is a return to the origins of the very first timepieces, its manual winding, and spectacular design makes it the perfect combination of both heritage and innovation.

“La Blausee” a blend of heritage and innovation

This personalization is the encounter between Artisans de Genève and a watch enthusiast who wanted his timepiece to gather the essential values of traditions and watchmaking, while capturing the unique shades of a place that resonates with him. The serenity that prevails in Blausee has inspired Artisans de Genève a return to origins: a skeleton version of the Rolex Daytona with a manual winding.

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The 4130 modified movement

 “La Blausee” features an entirely skeletonized movement. Each component is reworked, sandblasted and beveled by hand, highlighting the excellence of Swiss craftsmanship. Artisans de Genève has developed a unique balance bridge with Julien Tixier, a young and talented watchmaker from La Vallee de Joux, the heartland of fine watchmaking.  This modified movement is the epitome of Swiss know-how that took hundreds of hours of work to achieve.

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Manual Winding

Conceiving a manual winding mechanism on a modern timepiece was a challenge for the swiss craftsmen. It took Artisans de Genève two years of research and development to create a barrel that would carry the same functionalities as the automatic mechanism. This barrel replaces the automatic device and the rotor, allowing “La Blausee” to have a power reserve of 72 hours, a striking achievement.

The tachymeter ceramic bezel is entirely realized in Artisans de Genève’s workshops in Switzerland. The piece is a delicate reminder of the colors of Blausee.  It is fully polished and brushed by hand. The dial is skeletonized by hand before receiving a sandblasted finish that gives it this unique and intense black color. The case highlights a combination of savoir-faire: satin-brushed horns, sandblasted back and polished angles. The original pushers are replaced with the “Millerighe” ones, a reference to some iconic Daytona models. “La Blausee” bears the Artisans de Genève signature, a transparent and engraved sapphire back that lets the beauty of the skeleton movement shine through.

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Watch specifications

Rolex® 116520
Skeleton / Sandblasted finish / phosphorescent green indexes
Case Material
Hands: Sandblasted / diamond finish Bezel: Blue Ceramic Bezel Case: Rolex® 916L steel
Case Dimensions
Case Back
Titanium - ultra-thin / transparent sapphire
Modified 4130 movement, skeletonized, sandblasted and beveled by hand. Nickel palladium finish. Manual winding: 72 hours of power reserve
Water Resistance
Waterproof up to 100 meters
Special Note(s)
Balanced Bridge: Handmade, ultra-thin, polished Barrel ratchet : Handmade/ beveled/ polished Polishing: Handmade