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ArtyA Watch Blog Press OnlyWatch Guitar Chronograph John McLaughlin Unique




ArtyA Iconic Watch & Guitar made with the world's greatest guitarist.

This unique version (1/1) of the ArtyA Guitar Watch is fully handcrafted in collaboration with John McLaughlin, the legendary guitarist and Luc Pettavino’s friend, without whom this project would not have been possible.


Blandenier, a Geneva-based workshop, has agreed to join this charitable project by producing this unique dial inspired by the most mythical album of the guitarist. 110 hours of hand painting work later, these bright colours and hypnotic patterns constitute a dazzling miniature painting. Under this realisation, the ArtyA avant-gardist chronograph movement is activated with push buttons representing guitar keys.

John McLaughlin matched the ArtyA masterpiece with his personal guitar, built by world-renowned luthier Paul Reed Smith, the Stradivari of guitar making. Certain guitars built by Paul are considered works of art and have been bought by collectors worldwide. 


The artwork on the watch face and the guitar was created by Marq Spusta, a San Francisco-based artist whose art is collected worldwide and features on numerous record albums and posters.


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Son of Sound Guitar John Mc Laughlin Unique Edition



Steel 316L DLC blackened and 18k Gold. The case, a revolutionary iconic patented shape, is exhibited in museums across the world as an emblematic timeless design. The 4four active pushers inspired by guitar « tuning pegs » have the following functions: start/stop (chronograph), reset (chronograph), hours change, date change. The signature of John McLaughlin is engraved on the case back. Triple anti-reflective treatment of the sapphire crystal



Fully hand painted in the colours of the mythical album of John McLaughlin, a masterpiece crafted in the Geneva workshops of Blandenier. It required no less than 110 hours of an incredible artistic work made by hand. It is also the first ArtyA Guitar dial to accommodate 6 Gold strings and f holes. A true example of a goldsmith mastery.



ArtyA Woodstock Swiss high-end automatic movement. Sliding hour, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph. 

Power reserve: 50 h


Crocodile strap



l 37 mm x L 49 mm x H 15 mm



The uniqueness of this ArtyA Guitar is due to the collaboration with a legendary musician, translated into a unique piece hosting many exceptional skills.



CHF 35 000 - 50 000


The winner of this unique ArtyA watch & guitar will have the possibility to meet John McLaughlin and the opportunity to visit the impressive workshops of Blandenier and/or ArtyA.

History of the Brand

Manufacture of emotions, at ArtyA uniqueness and cutting-edge watchmaking are the key words in the realisation of each timepiece. ArtyA and Yvan Arpa, its founder, express their creativity and freedom through collections, all highly individual and spectacular at the same time. As a tribute to Mother Nature and Art, butterfly wings, tobacco leaves, or real bullets, to mention a few, are used for the first time in watchmaking. In addition to his overwhelming artistic creativity, the Geneva watchmaker confirms his expertise through high complication movements such as minute repeaters, double axis tourbillons or perpetual calendars. After collaborating with various legends of the music world, ArtyA is proud to present a new colourful and exceptional project.

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