Designa Individual Manufacture, a brand with its headquarters located in Germany, was founded from the thriving passion of two artists that are working to spread their love for watch modification and art. The world of watches has been growing rapidly for the last decades becoming more saturated; in order to become successful in this field you need to offer something remarkable to watch enthusiasts and collectors with every modification.
Everything started with the idea of high-end customization of personal devices and later the DiW’s team got into the incredible and meticulous world of watch modification. With the help of a team that has in its composition some of the best craftsmen, DiW is able to achieve a new level of refinement by mastering the art of working with high-end composite materials like carbon fiber. They have always aimed to discover and improve their working techniques in order to create pieces that are unique in the watch modification industry as innovation is crucial to develop new skills and approaches.
As we look at the recent modifications in the Carbon Daytona collection, we discover the iconic Paul Newman Black DLC project which is a tribute to the American actor, director, and producer. His artistic career in the film world earned him numerous awards, including an Oscar Award, three Golden Globes, one BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Cannes Film Festival, and Emmy, as well as numerous other honorary awards. In addition to his artistic career, Paul Newman also made a name for himself as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and race car driver.
The base model for this modification is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. More than 50 years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sports chronographs and continues to transcend time.
The Paul Newman Black DLC watch is equipped with a calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Rolex. Calibre 4130’s performance stems particularly from the use of a vertical instead of lateral-clutch to activate the chronograph. Its architecture incorporates fewer components than a standard chronograph, thereby enhancing the movement’s reliability. It also saves space, making it possible to house a large mainspring and deliver a power reserve of 72 hours.
In order to improve the legend of Paul Newman’s tribute watch, Designa Individual Manufacture combined the lightness and durability of the carbon case that provides a unique feel on the wrist and the wear-resistant DLC-coated and reliable ceramic bezel. The result is a 40 mm Carbon Daytona that becomes a watch that collector’s must-have. The design chosen for this project is based on shades of black. The dark tones from the bezel, dial, and bracelet are magically combined with white offering a unique visual sensation.
Ensuring the uniqueness of the collection, the model is crafted in only ten pieces, as the brand wants to offer the most exclusive models possible. When the watch is delivered you get to experience a unique unboxing, as the watch is in a black box covered in velvet, made of oak. Regarding the warranty, each model comes with a seven-year international warranty from DiW.
In essence, we can say that The Paul Newman Black DLC watch from the Carbon Daytona collection is a perfectly balanced piece by uniting the best of the last century and the latest innovative approaches and is orientated towards those with a fine eye for craftsmanship and design.