The ArtyA Multicolored Shams Crystal adds a splash of sunshine to your wrist

THM Desk
20 Oct 2021 |
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Who is Artya? Labelled as one of the most audacious and avant–garde watch creators alive, Yvan Arpa plays by his own rules, creating art pieces that simply cannot fit into any existing category of watchmaking. After making a significant contribution to some of the biggest success stories in the watch industry, in 2010 he launched his own Brand, called ArtyA. (ART + Yvan Arpa). Each piece is either numbered or unique, blending audacity with creativity in a disruptive way – very provocatively so, on many occasions. Very few in this very conservative industry have managed to move so much in so little time.

The latest Edition of ArtyA’s Son of a Gears is the ArtyA Multicolored Shams Crystal, featuring a full crystal case perfectly transparent in order to maximize the see trough effect of our exclusive ArtyA Shams skeletonized movement multicolored.

ArtyA Multicolored Shams Crystal

This incredible watch has a Lab-created synthetic sapphire case that has  the same physical properties, visual characteristics and hardness level as the natural gemstonesNatural sapphires are created by the earth and mined, which makes them rare. The synthetic stones (known as corundum, a chemically pure, aluminum oxide ) are created by man in a carefully controlled environment.

But why sapphire? Well for starters case is incredibly scratch proof because of the remarkable hardness of sapphires – 9 on the Moh’s scale (apx 1800 Vickers)  the third hardest mineral, after diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9,5 . However sapphire does have properties and powers that we can feel and enjoy or at least consider positively. The sapphire has, for centuries, been seen as a symbol of  heavens, a guardian of innocence, a bestower of truth, a promoter of good health, and a preserver of chastity. It is believed to brings gifts of fulfilment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty. Some wore it to ward off illness or as protection while traveling. They are supposed to preserve the wearer from envy and attract divine favor. In the 12th Century, the sapphire was known as the most appropriate stone for ecclesiastical rings,

In the middle ages, people believed wearing a sapphire suppressed negative thoughts. It also has been long believed to have a curing power for natural ailments. In ancient Persia, If ground up, it was used as an all purpose medicine. Ivan the Terrible of Russia  stated that the sapphire strengthened the heart and muscles and endowed a person with courage.

ArtyA Multicolored Shams Crystal
Steel Shams Multicolored

Now coming to the actual watch. The aim of this skeleton much like others, is to reveal the exclusive manual winding skeleton movement, workings and mechanical beauty of the watch in all its glory. But that requires light. What better source of light could there be than the one that has given us life – the sun? Once again, ArtyA reconciles extremes and opens up a new creative path, combining a movement clad in the absolute minimum with all the warmth of a life-giving heavenly body.

This 46mm ArtyA Multicolored Shams Crystal is a piece unique, which means it is the only one around. Priced at CHF 29,400 this new addition is quite a powerful and elegant expression of time..