ARTYA’s Tesla Squelette Quadri-Rotor watches represent the amalgamation of the creative imaginations of Yvan Arpa and his two teams. The first team is comprised of finest master watchmakers and the second team consists of contemporary artists.
Firstly, the Team of master watchmakers has meticulously blanked 3 oscillating weights ballasted by pieces of copper wire, each one lovingly wound by hand like an electrical coil, in order to increase the inertia of the main oscillating weight to which they are attached.
Then they painstakingly shaped the hands, twisting the copper wire to resemble a form reminiscent of the first electrical elements. After that, they minutely decorated the movement 2671 in accordance with fine watchmaking codes (circular graining and Côtes de Genève).
The Contemporary Art team has radically changed the look of a conventional watch case through the use of lightning, which, by means of thermal combustion, has brought about a unique transformation of colour and form. The miniature dials are then coated with filaments of gold leaf combined with pigments in a manual process unique in the field of watchmaking.
The space between the movement and the case is a genuine example of skeleton decoration in which ARTYA’s master jeweller-watchmakers explore 3 themes:
- The Quadri rotor électrique, a nod to electricity with its diodes, elements and other coils, powerfully evocative of the accoutrements required to tame the power of lightning.
- The Quadri rotor à filaments, a homage to the copper wires rampant throughout the world of electricity.
- The Quadri rotor bijoux, in which precious or semi-precious stones, seemingly suspended, appear to float amid the skeleton-work like a constellation in the heavens, thus harnessing the full power of light to which they are subjected.
Model: Tesla Squelette Quadri-Rotor 1/1 Unique Piece
Self-winding movement entirely manufactured in Switzerland
Power reserve: 42 hours
Jewelling: 25 jewels
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
Back Open, fitted with a sapphire crystal
Water resistance 50 metres
“Alzavel waterproof” treated leather and hand-sewn high-tech rubber, or “crazy frog” tanned cane toad
Buckle: Treated steel pin buckle