Artya : ArtyA Complications is born

Tourbillon Calavera 

Case : 316L stainless steel with or without black PVD coating, sapphire caseback, black PVD-coated lateral inserts, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 44mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (ArtyA caliber, 100h power reserve), flying tourbillon Functions : hours, minutes, seconds on the tourbillon carriage Dial : chased and engraved steel Strap : black alligator leather, pin buckle or folding clasp

Successfully specializing in one-of-a-kind models and themed, offbeat small limited series, the ArtyA watch brand is making the most of its Geneva-based Manufacture to launch its very own Complications collection (see insert in this issue). Every bit as distinctive and original as one would expect, ArtyA Complications feature a Tourbillon Calavera model (named after the Spanish word for a skull). Its movement was developed in-house and the flying tourbillon adorned with sophisticated patterns appears to echo the play of the sculpted hands that separate it from (or connect it to!) the skull engraved into the metal of the dial. This motif enthroned at 12 o’clock is inspired by an ancient work exhibited at the Mexican Museum of Anthropology. Evoking the medieval etching technique, the finely chased arabesques and sunburst engravings give life to the dial of this model that is unique in every sense of the word.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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