ArtyA’s Russian Roulette blends watchmaking and myth: the controversial timepiece brings together life, death, the interval of time between the two – and the legendary Russian challenge that can take you from one to the other in a split second.
When you play Russian Roulette, there’s no room for any pretending. Just as in the real-life game, in which every bullet counts, the watch designed by ArtyA features real bullets on its dial. The theme is one that Yvan Arpa, the fully independent brand’s CEO and designer, has long been exploring in his Son of a Gun collection, which comprises four families in all: Tradition &Bicolor, Werewolf, Target, and Russian Roulette.
The Russian Roulettes come in skeleton versions, each featuring a new take on the original theme that was such a… hit when the collection was first introduced: a gun barrel mobile, open on the dial side and assembled on ball bearings, that is set spinning by the slightest movement of the wrist. The animation also includes a genuine bullet cartridge set in one of the six chambers of the mobile. The mobile piece flies as fast as a speeding bullet round the circular ‘Classic’ case, providing constant animation on the wrist.
In addition to removing the dial and opening up certain parts of the movement, ArtyA has put a lot of work into developing style and technique. And to round off the effect, the genuine bullet cartridges – legendary calibres such as the Magnum 44, 357, P38, and so on –gracing the Russian Roulette’s dial are echoed on the other, movement side of the watch, on the barrel. The artistic choice of this component is anything but arbitrary: barrels on firearms house the chambers in which bullets are stored; in watchmaking, the barrel similarly distributes energy. And setting it in the same tradition, the barrel has six indentations –just like the six chambers of most handguns.
This rendition comes in four finishes: steel, black , chocolate and NOW blue. The Son of a Gun Russian Roulettes are available in a 44mm ‘Classic’ round case. Four versions of the case will be on offer: black, steel, chocolate and blue.
Exclusive and unique Design of skeleton manual movement with the barrel containing the spring looking like a gun barrel, with hand blued screws and specific finishing of the bridges ( NAC or fish eye finish depending on availability).
Each watch is numbered and features side inserts made from ArtyOr (the brand’s exclusive alloy) steel or black PVD. The addition of this gunmetal-like component to Son of a Gun watches provides an extra special touch: it’s made from the remains of actual used bullet cartridges.
Case: high grade steel 316L with blue PVD treatment
Engraved and screwed back case
Open sapphire back
Double anti-reflection sapphire
Fast spinning dial with handset real bullet
ArtyOr/steel or black PVD inserts
ArtyA manual Swiss high end movement ARR Skeletonized
Power reserve: 52h
Edition: Limited to 99 pieces