When Yvan Arpa’s Quest for new ideas meets the creative talents of a Swiss master watch maker like Daniel Strom, the result will be definitely an artistic yet unusual timepiece. This time, the new ArtyA timepiece will be featuring a Gothic theme inspired from another watch collection “Memento Mori, Carpe Diem” by Daniel Strom.
Swiss luxury watch brand ArtyA and famous watch maker Daniel Strom jointly developing a limited edition set of watches combining their unique artistic visions. Each of the 88 pieces of this collection will be absolutely unique featuring a hand-painted case and dial, as well the organic destruction of lightning.
These “Agonium Deconstructed” watches represent an aesthetic hybrid between the two brands. The base watch is the Daniel Strom Agonium “Memento Mori, Carpe Diem” watch collection. Meaning: “remember you will die, so seize the day”. The base watch features a steel tonneau case decorated with hand-engraved gothic skulls. Five large skulls are present at each corner of the watch, with an additional skull serving as the crown. Between them are series of smaller skulls that complete the Gothic theme.
Yvan Arpa and the ArtyA team apply their artistic style and unique lightning disfiguring process to the steel case. Strong bolts of lightning from a Tesla coil rearrange the metal on the case literally deconstructing it organically. Each of the limited edition pieces will present a unique look.
Strom and ArtyA also offer a new motto to the collection: “Quod tu es, ego fui, quod ego sum, tu eris”
This powerful statement is borrowed from the tombstone of a famous Roman legionary and translates into “I was what you are, and what I am you shall be.” The insightful quote offers a stark message about how before death, we are all equal. Colorfully painted and decorated like Mexican Day of the Dead art, the watches celebrate life, reminding you to live for the present and not worry about death – a reminder you can wear.
Painted by hand, the skull-faced dials on each of the Agonium Deconstructed watches are created by ArtyA’s Dominique Arpa-Cirpka using special techniques involving home made paint, gold leaf and secret pigments. The dials feature scythe-like hands in line with the Gothic theme. The watchcases are also painted with fluorescent colors, matched with fluorescent stitching on some of the toad skin straps. Inside the watches are Swiss automatic movements, while the cases have sapphire crystals and are water resistant to 50 meters. ArtyA and Daniel Strom will produce 88 “pièces uniques” for the Agonium Deconstructed limited edition set. Price will be 11,900 Swiss Franks.
Mechanical automatic movement caliber 2824
Entirely manufactured in Switzerland
Power reserve: 42 hours
316 steel tonneau case engraved, mutilated, tortured, “lightning-struck”, according to model can be fluorescent at night. 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. Water resistance: 50 meters
Unique, hand-decorated according to 17 exclusive artistic processes that are unique in the watch industry
“Crazy frog” tanned cane toad
Buckle: Handmade with skull in steel
Quantity: 88 pieces
11,900 Swiss Franks