ArtyA : Iconic and patented design, already in museums
GMT Great Magazine of Timepieces - by Brice Lechevalier
Son of Earth Gold Tobacco
Case : 18k gold, engraved and screwed case-back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 42mm Movement : self-winding mechanical movement (46h power reserve) Functions : hours, minutes, seconds Dial : real tobacco leaves Strap : calf leather or crocodile Unique piece 1/1
Son of Gear Shams Steel
Case : 316 stainless steel black PVD lateral inserts, engraved sapphire case-back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 44mm Movement : ArtyA exclusive mechanical skeleton looking like the rising Sun (52h power reserve), skeletonized Functions : hours, minutes Dial : open work Strap : calf leather or crocodile Limited edition : 99 pieces
Son of Gun Russian Roulette Glasnost
Case : ITR2 (Innovative, Technical, Resin & Revolutionary), engraved ITR2 case-back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 46mm Movement : ArtyA exclusive skeleton GUN mechanical movement (52h power reserve), ARR skeletonized Functions : hours, minutes Dial : fast spinning dial with handset cartridge Strap : calf leather or crocodile Limited edition : 9 pieces
Yvan Arpa stands as one of the most audacious and avant–garde watch creators alive. After having made a significant contribution to some of the biggest success stories in the watch industry, in 2010 he launched his own Brand, called ArtyA. The man plays by his own rules, creating art pieces that simply cannot fit into any existing category of watchmaking. Each piece is either numbered or unique, blending audacity with creativity in a disruptive way – very provocatively so, on many occasions. No one in this very conservative industry has managed to move so much in so little time.
The company is 100% independent, with a highly responsive team of fewer than ten people. ArtyA has its own Manufacture, something very few Swiss Brands have. The Brand and its Manufacture are based in central Geneva.
Its indefinable, uncategorizable, innovative and trendsetting collections can be divided into six different families, housed in seven different watch cases, ranging from 38 mm up to 47 mm.
ArtyA’s collections all go by the “Son of” brand name : Son of Sound, Son of a Gun, Son of Earth, Son of Gears, Son of Arts and Son of Love. These families allow Yvan Arpa to have an open, living playground, in which he can create many variations every year, using some very innovative concepts and unconventional raw materials – such as butterfly wings (under the control of the authorities), stones, real bullets, real (shredded) euros, non-circular mechanical gears, cases struck by real lightning (video available at ), steel drenched in motor oil, to name but a few.
Son of Sound Guitar Race
Case : 316 stainless steel with black PVD and/or ArtyOr black and/or black PVD, patented shape, engraved and screwed back case Dimensions : 37x49mm Movement : self-winding mechanical movement (ArtyA Woodstock Caliber, 48h power reserve) Functions : Sliding hour, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph Strap : calf leather or crocodile Limited edition : 99 pieces
Son of a Gun Bicolor Don’t Shout
Case : 316 stainless steel with chocolate PVD, target inserts on bezel, engraved sapphire case-back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 47mm Movement : self-winding mechanical movement (52h power reserve), oscillating weight with cut off bullet cartridges Functions : hours, minutes Dial : target inserts and real bullets dial already shot can be taken in airplane Strap : calf leather or crocodile Unique piece 1/1
Son of Earth Gears Arabesque Tourbillon
Case : carbon and titanium, hand engraved with gold incrustation, sapphire case-back, water-resistant to 30m Dimensions : 52.5 x 40mm MOVEMENT : hand-wound mechanical movement (manufacture caliber, 72h power reserve), flying tourbillon, rear bridge in layered carbon cut out to form arabesque motifs FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon cage DIAL : world-first gold-inlaid hand-engraved titanium, inspired by the engravings on historical weapons STRAP : full-grain alligator leather inside and out with hand-engraved buckle Unique piece 1/1
All the hand-made dials in the various collections are made by artist Dominique Arpa-Cirpka, applying numerous techniques – most of which have never before been used in this industry. The research into exclusive or and never-before-used materials and treatments for watches, and the exceptional savoir-faire to implement it, are a jealously guarded secret.
All ArtyA Masterpieces are recognizable at a glance due to their distinctive, creative, passionate, epicurean and original style, cultivating a philosophy of ultimate luxury filled with pure, uncompromising emotion, year after year after year.
From a mechanical standpoint, ArtyA masters every aspect of the historical knowhow of this age-old industry, from three-hands models to perpetual calendars and tourbillons, from minute repeaters to simpler skeletonized mechanical movements.
One final characteristic of ArtyA is the constant evolution of the brand and its models – collections stay, but the watches are all very limited in number, with many of them being unique pieces. Yvan Arpa makes them live and progress every month, every quarter, every year. ArtyA unveils key new creations during Baselworld, but the manufacture’s brainstorming never stops.
Enjoying worldwide success, some of those masterpieces are already in key museums around the world, embodying Iconic Design or Concepts, while others have commanded incredibly high prices in private Auctions. Vita Brevis, Ars Longa.