Hand engraved Titanium Monopusher Chrono Tourbillon
The arabesque motifs on the titanium grade 5 watch were very difficult to work and very labour intensive. The final result stands in the age-old tradition of royal gunsmiths.
The way the case has been made – engraved out of grade 5 titanium, more usually renowned for its outstanding hardness. The floral motifs draw inspiration from foliage patterns on historic gun stocks. The watch is made from as-cast titanium and inlaid with 18-carat gold by master engraver Bram Ramon, he has once again used innovative techniques in watchmaking for ArtyA, coupled with the influences of Gothic art
This hand-produced pattern is in himself an outstanding achievement for any craftsman. But the really eye-catching exploit for any connoisseur is that for the first time in watchmaking, it is engraved in grade 5 titanium.
This material is already used in watchmaking – for its hardness. So engraving patterns on it is counter-intuitive, to say the least. And that was precisely the approach that attracted Yvan Arpa: “titanium is sold to us as an absolute, the epitome of toughness: resistant to impacts, corrosion, temperature, and so on. In actual fact, it’s simply a little more resistant than the reference materials we have always been used to, such as steel. And instead of machining it clinically, it can be worked with to produce a piece of art – as I have now demonstrated.”
The choice of arabesque patterns is a highly personal touch by Yvan Arpa. “I got the idea from a western,” he explains. “I noticed the engraved stock of a rifle. The patterns were perfect. I drew some patterns in the same spirit then validated the model with Bram Ramon who redesigned the idea; they went on to fashion this outstanding watch.”
The Arabesque Tourbillon is powered by a fabulous hand-wound Swiss-made historical mechanical mono pusher chrono tourbillon, regulated by a flying tourbillon with an outstanding Five-days (120-hours) power reserve. There has been a lot of high watchmaking work to secure it to the highest standard of ArtyA Complications collection. The fantastic look of this movement adds to the magic of this incredible and unique masterpiece .
The watch is engraved with “Pièce Unique – 1/1”, on a full-skin crocodile strap.
Mono Pusher Chrono Tourbillon
Unique piece in titanium hand engraved with 24cts gold inlay
72-hour power reserve
Dimensions:55 x 45 mm
Unique piece 1/1
Technical characteristics :
Oval-shaped manual winding historical chrono Tourbillon
With chronograph engaged: 75 hours
Tourbillon cage toothed rim drives the seconds counter
Swiss anchor escapement
Cage rotates once a minute
Cage weight: 0.45g
21,600 vibrations per hour
Timed minutes and seconds
PRICE: 273,351.00 USD