American singer, songwriter, actor and record produce Lenny Kravitz joins forces with Indie watchmaking company Les Artisans de Genève to reimagine the iconic Rolex Daytona Ref. 116523, a two-tone gold and steel Daytona. The result is a limited edition LK 01 timepiece that integrates modernity with classicism, while bringing vintage elements inspired by Lenny Kravitz’s favorite models.
I’ve been collecting watches for more than 20 years now and have always had a special affection for classic timepieces, loaded with history and life. When I met Les Artisans de Genève, I immediately seized the opportunity to create my own version of the classic watch. It was also extremely important that the timepiece was to be made by true experts without any compromise in the quality. – Lenny Kravitz
The LK01 Model is based on the Rolex 116523 reference, which has been altered by hand in Les Artisans de Genève’s workshops in Switzerland. After 2 years of research and development, the limited-edition watch boasts unique features technically and turns heads visually. Inside, the Rolex Daytona reference 116523 is the earlier generation Rolex Daytona that first came out in 2000. Measuring 40 mm wide, the Rolex calibre 4130 movement packs a 72-hour power reserve. The movement is wholly treated in black and holds a 22-carat gold rotor which can be glimpsed through a transparent 100m waterproof back. Both, the case as well as the rotor are the signatures of Les Artisans de Genève.
The case has been treated in black DLC while the bezel has been replaced by a handmade golden bakelite one. The dial, also modified by hand, shows gold markings and timers as well as the famous red Daytona marking which has been preserved. The bracelet of the base 116523 Daytona has been replaced by a Barenia calf leather strap, specially designed by Kravitz Design and entirely made by hand.
The watch is housed in a unique case equipped with a JBL Bluetooth speaker, that lets you listen and cast your music everywhere. The speaker is accessible from the back of the case with two buttons (Bluetooth coupling and power on/off); it is rechargeable via the case’s USB port with the USB cable provided.
The Les Artisans de Genève X Kravitz Design LK 01 Rolex Daytona watch will be limited to 55 pieces and have a price of $41,300.