Artya has de­vel­oped a 2nd unique hand en­graved Ti­ta­nium watch in a ton­neau shape, af­ter the im­me­di­ate sell out of the first one in 2015. The arabesque mo­tifs on the ti­ta­nium grade 5 watch were very dif­fi­cult to work and very labour in­ten­sive. The fi­nal re­sult stands in the age-old tra­di­tion of royal gun­smiths, with the flo­ral mo­tifs draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from fo­liage pat­terns on his­toric gun stocks. The watch is made from as-cast ti­ta­nium and in­laid with 18-carat gold by mas­ter en­graver Bram Ra­mon. This ma­te­rial is al­ready used in watch­mak­ing – for its hard­ness. So en­grav­ing pat­terns on it is counter-in­tu­itive, to say the least. And that was pre­cisely the ap­proach that at­tracted Yvan Arpa, “Ti­ta­nium is sold to us as an ab­so­lute, the epit­ome of tough­ness: re­sis­tant to im­pacts, cor­ro­sion, tem­per­a­ture, and so on. In ac­tual fact, it's sim­ply a lit­tle more re­sis­tant than the ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als we have al­ways been used to, such as steel. And in­stead of ma­chin­ing it clin­i­cally, it can be worked with to pro­duce a piece of art – as I have now demon­strated.” The watch is en­graved with “Pièce Unique – 1/1”, on a full-skin croc­o­dile strap.

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