BELL & ROSS
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.