Swiss watch designer Yvan Arpa is the brilliant mind behind the company ArtyA. Prior to ArtyA, he had stints at Baume & Mercier, Hublot, and later, Romain Jerome. ArtyA was started in 2010 and soon gained a reputation for making brash and creative timepieces. This year, the ArtyA Cumbere Tourbillon and the ArtyA Son of Sound Magic Black Tourbillon are two new pieces that will leave us breathless.
Both watches retain their unique aesthetic signature – a guitar-shaped case, patented by ArtyA. Both have the same case which measures 37mm wide, 49mm tall, and 15mm thick; and they are crafted using ArtyOr – an alloy made out of gold and recycled bullets – and black PVD.
At six o’clock, these versions feature a flying tourbillon displaying the passing seconds. Opposite it, at twelve, is the barrel, with a fully redesigned bridge. The assembly is housed in a fully open-work X-shaped structure entirely hand-engraved with bones and skulls, inspired by the X‐bracing used to support guitar bodies. The movement contains 19 jewels, most of which are visible, and beats at 21,600 vph.
Another cool thing about the ArtyA Cumbere Tourbillon is the specially shaped crown which resembles a guitar tuning peg.
Artyom Son of Sound Magic Black Tourbillon on the other hand has a housing that contains two large crystal sapphire, which form the front and rear of the chassis. The mechanism is the same as in the previous model, except that the final details are completely different – or PVD -blasted treatment.
Both watches are unique, and are accompanied by the appropriate black crocodile leather strap. The ArtyA Cumbere Tourbillon is priced at CHF 185,000, while the ArtyA Son of Sound Magic Black Tourbillon is CHF 170,000.