During the medieval Gothic period, depictions of lions were important talismans. A knight wearing a lion’s head on his breastplate or his shield channelled the power and dominance of the King of the Jungle.
Yvan Arpa, CEO of Artya incorporates these elements into his new Lion’s Head Tourbillon timepiece in association with master engraver Bram Ramon. Born in Flanders, Belgium, Ramon is a sculptor and engraver. Last year, ArtyA introduced the Brabant Tourbillon and the Arabesque Tourbillon, and this year Arpa and Ramon are unveiling the Lion’s Head Tourbillon.
Inspired by the Gothic history of the Belgian province of Brabant, and the armed knights of medieval times, Arpa and Ramon have come up with a brand new way of engraving that combines deep chiselling with sculpture, and the result is incredible.
Ramon’s specialty is combining classical engraving with sculptured figures. As an example, the Lion’s Head at 12 o’clock is so powerful it appears to be leaping off the face of the watch, especially with its eyes of 24 ct gold. This has never been done before in a watch, and Artya has dared to pair this with one of watchmaking’s most traditional complications, the flying tourbillon.
The ArtyA Lion’s Head exudes power, a touch of Gothic spirit, a hint of religion and an artisan’s excellence. Just looking at the Lion’s Head is captivating, as the eye is drawn to the mixture of grooves, crevasses and sculpted figures. And the tourbillon complication at six o’clock finishes off this exceptional, unique piece.
Dial and bezel entirely Hand-engraved with 24cts gold inlays following a 19th century style: the “Neo-Renaissance” style. Made by a master engraver
Relief Engraving technique
Lateral insert in black PVD steel
Dial & Bezel in High-grade 316 L steel with 24cts gold inlays
Exclusive ArtyA flying tourbillon manual winding
Two anti-reflective sapphire crystals, front and back
Hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 100 hrs
Genuine Crocodile strap
Unique Piece 1/1
Price: 180,000 CHF