Wrist architecture: A complicated ArtyA watch you might want to wear

Yvan Arpa’s ArtyA brand is known for producing extreme designs favoured by the fearless, but has now revealed its most complicated watch to date, one you might actually wear.

 

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The ArtyA 3 Gongs Minute Repeater, Regulator and Double Axis Tourbillon is a one-of-a-kind timepiece with a rectangular case, unusual for a chiming minute repeater.

Arpa credits his previous punk-ish guitar-inspired watch, the Son of Sound, as being the starting point for this new timepiece, along with the influence of “underwater structures” that suggested the kind of shape required to amplify the volume of the chimes.

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You can’t fault his imagination. The massive case – 47.3mm wide, 64.6mm x 47.3mm with a depth of 18.1mm – is constructed in titanium with black ruthenium finishes and gold components, and looks unlike any other, yet is more conventional than his usual pieces.

Under the superstructure there are separate dials for the hours and minutes and the rotating tourbillon axis rotating each 60 seconds acts as a small seconds indicator. The second axis rotates each 30 seconds.

In an unusual touch, purchasers – an exclusive group given the AUD$600,000-odd asking price – can have ArtyA personalise the chimes to their own tastes through adjustment of the little hammers and gongs.

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These are activated by a lever on the side of the case that winds a secondary mainspring linked to three gongs that sound the hours, quarter-hours, and remaining minutes.

The 450-part main movement is manually wound and beats at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with a power reserve of 64 hours.

Our take on the ArtyA 3 Gongs Minute Repeater, Regulator and Double Axis Tourbillon watch: this is kinetic architecture for the wrist, so possibly no surprise the price is apartment-sized.

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