Swiss luxury watch brand ArtyA enhances its recently-unveiled Complications collection with Calavera Tourbillon featuring an engraved skull – an authentic take on an original in the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City.
Calavera is the Spanish word for skull. This unique watch is the most recent addition to the brand’s new “Complications” collection, created by ArtyA in the autumn of 2015. The Calavera Tourbillon gives pride of place to the tourbillon, situated at 6 o’clock – the first to be produced entirely by ArtyA (apart from the index-assembly), at its manufacture located right in the heart of Geneva. The bridge, angles, polishing, skeletonization, and materials used in this unique timepiece were all designed there.
Once again, engraving is the primary feature of this new Complication. ArtyA has incorporated a central sun-shaped motif in alternating shades of grey, topped by a cross in the middle of which sits a skull. The latter is deeply engraved in several levels and shades of steel, before gradually fading out to sculpted curls and arabesques.
It draws inspiration directly from the type of etching of which traces are to be found as early as the fourteenth century. This age-old technique has illustrated many rituals and beliefs – and as such is entirely appropriate for the rites relating to calaveras and the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’.
Case: High-grade 316 L steel with black PVD treatment
Exclusive ArtyA flying tourbillon manual winding
Two non-reflective sapphire crystals, front and back
Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon
Case dimensions: 44mm
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 100 hrs
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Lateral insert in black PVD treatment
Engraved skull – an authentic take on an original in the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City.
Central sun-shaped motif in alternating shades of grey, topped by a cross in the middle of which sits a skull. The latter is deeply engraved in several levels and shades of steel, before gradually fading out to sculpted curls and arabesque.