Fan’s of ArtyA’s iconic watches will be thrilled to hear about the release of the latest Russian Roulette model. Four new styles have been launched, each in a strictly limited number of 99. New finishes include skeleton versions which include 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. “The aim was to push the ballistic imagery still further,” explains Yvan Arpa. “We already had the circular approach that is very apparent on the existing watches, with a bullet impact. Now it’s as though the bullet has actually gone through the movement, skeletonized with the same impact holes on the barrel and gears.”
And to round off the effect, the genuine bullet cartridges – legendary calibers 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.
Each watch is numbered and features side inserts made from ArtyOr, the brand’s exclusive alloy. 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.