ArtyA Race is the rebellious Swiss watch maker’s first timepiece to draw inspiration from the world of NASCAR auto racing, the legendary contest that began in the 1950s in the United States. Responding to popular demand on the part of its clients with a keen interest in the sport, ArtyA has produced various limited editions of 99 watches. Now the brand unveils a new version, the Race Blue BBS.
With a diameter of 44.5 mm, ArtyA Race Blue BBS echoes the style of ArtyA’s mythical Russian Roulette in blue highlights with the addition of an aluminium rim above the carbon fibre dial. The piece even allows itself the luxury of a world first: the time is only visible when the watch is moving, thanks to the optical effect of transparency when the rim is spinning at full speed.
Another innovation is that the hub of the rim runs right through the dial and the sapphire crystal. This is a fully exclusive ArtyA feature, and indeed a watchmaking first. It makes it possible not only to watch the rim spinning, but also to actually touch it as it does – without the piece being any less waterproof as a result.
To the rear, the Race Blue BBS celebrates the birth of a brand new oscillating weight. This sports a carbon fiber tachometer, complete with a needle in the middle and markers engraved directly onto the sapphire back. The assembly is free to rotate, in a striking mirror image of the animation on the dial side. Lateral inserts in fiber carbon.
Case: High-grade 316 IL steel, with ArtyA black PVD treatment
ArtyA Automatic Movement
Fast-spinning dial resembles a BBS wheel rim (Titanium )
Open back with moving tachometer on carbon fiber dial
Carbon fiber lateral inserts
Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 52 hours
Engraved and screwed back case
Double, non-reflective sapphire crystal
Calfskin or crocodile strap (Steel bracelet available)
Edition: Limited to 99 Pieces
Price: From 7’900 to 12’900CHF