There’s no question that there is a lot going on in Artya’s newest complication, expanding the brand’s Complications line, and that’s exactly how Yvan Arpa, founder and president of Artya, wanted it.
“I wanted to do something completely different,” Arpa says. “Something special, something that the watch industry has never seen before. And we have done it, with a double axis tourbillon combined with a minute repeater with three gongs.”
The project was initiated when Arpa created the Son of Sound tourbillon and he started to think about expanding the collection to include a special minute repeater. Inspired by the exceptional sound of the famous Bo Diddley 1959 Gretsch guitar, Arpa designed a unique case to amplify the sound and show off the incredible movement, the mainplate of which looks like the Gretsch guitar.
The watch is powered by two barrels, one for the movement and one for the minute repeater. The first barrel is big, as the double axis tourbillon requires a great deal of energy to operate, while the barrel for the minute repeater is smaller, and the spring is charged when the slide is activated.
The sound of the minute repeater may be customised after purchase by adjusting the gongs and the timbre.The tourbillon is composed of 10 different materials rotates in one minute on one axis and in 30 seconds on the other.
It has a specific and uniquely shaped third gong signaling the activation of the minute repeater slide. Minute repeater gongs with a specific and unique shape. Central minutes indication, offset hours indication. Hours, minutes, seconds on the tourbillon.
It comes on a black crocodile leather strap with a ArtyOr and titanium deployant.