Happy Halloween!

This year’s Halloween post features ArtyA’s “Blood and Bullet” watch, a unique piece built on the werewolf slaying theme.  It features a silver bullet and “the blood of its victim” which I guess would be the werewolf who was on the other end of the barrell.   The 47mm case features a target sight engraved on the bezel.  For the modern day werewolf slayer.  As with all ArtyA watches, this is a one-of-a-kind!  Check them out at http://artya.luxuryartpieces.com.

ArtyA’s “Blood and Bullet” watch

An 18th-century engraving of a werewolf (wikipedia)

ArtyA KISS Collection Watches

These are some very unusual watches, which I guess is par for the course when it comes to Yvan Arpa and his brand known as ArtyA (each piece produced by ArtyA is one-of-a-kind).   The story goes that a photo of a watch designed in ArtyA’s workshop ended up in the hands of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (see photo), founding members of legendary KISS rock band and known watchlovers — and a new watch rockstory was born.  KISS, Rock or ArtyA fans (or all of the above) can get yours now — prices are 3,900 CHF (6,900 CHF for the KISS Pick model), available at:  http://www.artyawatch.com/store/category.php?id_category=8

Gene Simmons, Yvan Arpa and Paul Stanley with their ArtyA watches

ArtyA KISS Gene Simmons

unique piece

Price: 3,900 CHF

47mm stainless steel case embossed, defaced, tortured and struck by a lightning bolt 1’000’000 volts, shaping and coloring it in a unique way, automatic mechanical movement

ArtyA KISS Pick

unique piece

Price: 6,900 CHF

KISS guitar pic and guitar cord used by Paul Stanley himself

47mm stainless steel case embossed, defaced, tortured and struck by a lightning bolt 1’000’000 volts, shaping and coloring it in a unique way

ArtyA KISS Paul Stanley

unique piece

Price:  3,900 CHF

47mm stainless steel case embossed, defaced, tortured and struck by a lightning bolt 1’000’000 volts, shaping and coloring it in a unique way

Artya “Son of a Gun” Watch

Artya is a niche brand headed by the very independent and creative thinker Yvan Arpa (formerly of Romain Jerome, Hublot, etc.).   Artya produces one-of-a-kind watches that are very intentionaly positioned as “haute horlogerie d’Art” — basically Artya watches are as much art as they are watches.  Anyway, at the request of a collector, Artya created this “Son of a Gun” watch containing real bullets.  The bezel and inner dial are designed with crosshairs which represent as a gun sight (or a target), the inner dial showcases six 6mm Flobert bullets suspended in the dial in a “revolver” like fashion, and the rotor is enhanced with 38mm cartridges. Cool, eh?

Artya “Son of a Gun” Watch

Unique Piece

Flobert 6mm Antique Parlor Pistol with 10 1/2″ barrel

More at http://artya.luxuryartpieces.com/

Artya Tesla Quadri-Rotor Skeleton Collection

Has Ohm’s Law Been Violated?

For some reason I find myself attracted to these new Tesla watches from Artya.  Whether my attraction is positive or negative I am not sure.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have long been intrigued with their creator, Mr Yvan Arpa.  In fact, I last called Arpa a shock artist — except this charge was leveled more for his use of dinosaur poop, fissile material, and moon dust in watches than it was for his use of joules jewels, coiled copper wire, diodes and filaments in the beauties you see below.  Not to mention that the cases are lightning-struck with 100,000 or 200,000 or 500,000 or even 1,000,000 volts!  Imagine the arc that must produce from the Tesla coil!  Ah, Faraday would be proud, would he not?

While the Ohm in me is tempted give Arpa and his team more static for sparking these shocking creations to life, I frankly do not see the the need to put up a strong resistance to horological transformers as fine as these people.  Heck, I would even question just how far my impedance to a current as alternate as Arpa could carry without tripping some serious circuit breakers from the plant managers over at Alpiq.  Ah well, watt-ever this is a discussion for anode-r day — for now I just wanted to relay to you a pic and the specs on these new Quadri-Rotor pieces — if you get amped up over them (and I mean they get you feeling some serious coloumbs running up your leg), leave a comment and let me know.  Prices are around $5,500 US.


Movement : Self-winding movement entirely manufactured in Switzerland. Power reserve: 42 hours. Jewelling: 25 jewels

Case* : 316 steel Silver-coloured “Coup de foudre” Collection: cases engraved, mutilated, tortured, “lightning-struck” 100,000 volts, 200,000 volts, 500,000 volts or 1,000,000 volts. Diameter Ø47mm. Crystal Sapphire. Back Open, fitted with a sapphire crystal. Water resistance 50 metres

Bracelet : “Alzavel waterproof” treated leather and hand-sewn high-tech rubber, or “crazy frog” tanned cane toad. Buckle Treated steel pin buckle.
Guarantee 24 months

*Depending on the mood of the moment, the cases in the lightning-struck “Coup de foudre” collection undergo thermal combustion, modelling, engraving and other operations performed by hand in the Artya ateliers.