The fact that Yvan Arpa Ceo of ArtyA and Master-Engraver Bram Ramon form a perfect team is no longer a secret to the world of high end horology. When these two creative spirits meet you can be assured of something new and spectacular will be created. Ancient techniques meet new ideas. Fine art meets fine mechanical design and form true beauty!
This new creation, The Artya Sculpted gold piece unique is no exception! Asking Bram where he finds inspiration, his answer was “I love to challenge myself, to create, to push and execute old techniques to the rules of the trade - refusing to compromise or cut corners! I have a passion for ornamental design, especially Neo-Renaissance ornaments - a style which dates back to the 19th century and can be found in northern Europe, Flanders & Prussia etc. What I like is it's pure elegance. The search for perfection and symmetry makes it still possible to use this style on more contemporary canvases. To compose and draw in this style, then later engrave or sculpt asks a lot of research. I specialize myself in this style and my own geometric ®Prismacut Art. To keep creating I need trust and I receive this from Yvan Arpa. His confidence in me helps to produce my absolute best, and makes our collaborations something I always look forward to - and knowing the final customer will have something unique, made by the hands of two visionary creators, who will give everything they have, not only to please the customer, but for the love of the art, is extremely special!”
For this new creation, the materials are steel, pure gold and pure platinum. As you can see in the video, Bram first starts with his neo renaissance ornament design, transferring it to the steel dial. He then makes the cavities and undercuts for the platinum inlays. (The inlaying technique does not require gluing or soldering). After this, Bram will make the undercuts for the relief gold inlay, which sits higher then the dial. Once the thick sheets of gold are hammered into the undercuts, the outlines are traced and the long work of sculpting & shaping can begin. This ancient technique is now pushed to the next level, as this is all executed under a high quality, stereo microscope with a magnification of x20, so every detail can be finished the way it should be. After finishing the dial the bluing can begin. The contrast between the gold, platinum and the blued steel gives the sculpted gold even more dimension and the bass relief really comes to life.
The movement powering this incredible timepiece is the in-house ArtyA flying tourbillon, and a great deal of work has been done to make it truly unique.