Artya Son Of A Gun Dancing Skulls Watch

Artya Son Of A Gun Dancing Skulls Watch

Artya Son Of A Gun Dancing Skulls Watch   watch releases

When are skulls on a watch the less controversial choice? When skulls replace bullets of course. As a limited edition (of perhaps only one), Yvan Arpa's Artya brand based out of Geneva has created a special piece for Halloween 2013 of his Son of a Gun watch collection with skulls on the dial - as well as on the bracelet. This is perhaps the first watch I have seen with a dedicated bracelet made of skulls. It also may be the first bracelet from the Artya brand. Whether you are into wearing skulls or not, this is a watch worth knowing about if you want to be a well-rounded watch collector.

What is it about mortality that makes us like to consider its end? We love horror movies, zombies, morbid fashion accessories, and other allusions to death. Few people actually wish to die, yet we love to play with the notion of death in an almost quasi-rebellious way that seems to suggest, "I've conquered death by embracing the notion of it while I am healthy." Or perhaps wearing skulls is more barbaric, and has less to do with courting death as it does showing that you've beaten all your enemies (and are wearing their tiny skulls to prove it)? Hard to say, but skulls are still pretty cool.

Artya Son Of A Gun Dancing Skulls Watch   watch releases

The Dancing Skulls watch is based on the Artya Son of a Gun collection (hands-on), that pretends the dial comes out of a revolver. Even the automatic rotor has bullet pieces on it. Actually, the Son of a Gun collection proved extremely popular for Artya and is one of the first times Artya has made many versions that aren't just limited edition piece unique models. The distinctive 47mm wide case wears boldly on the wrist and in most cases is produced in steel. Note the cross-hair style design on the bezel of the case and the dial.

For this Dancing Skulls model, the case remains the same as on the rest of the Son of a Gun pieces save for the new skulls bracelet. The dial of the watch features five steel skulls suspended in a circle around the time dial. The dial itself has been burned or oxidized for that aged and worn look that Arpa adores. Inside the watch is a small automatic Swiss movement as well.

Aside from the skulls on the dial, the most interesting element of the watch is the skull-spotted bracelet. Extremely industrial in style, the bracelet is essentially a steel chain with some skulls attached to the links. It is a pretty outrageous concept for sure, but do you have any doubts that the Artya Dancing Skulls watch already has at least a few eager buyers out there? Price is 12,900 Swiss Francs, which is the exact same as standard Son of a Gun watches actually. artyawatch.com

Artya Son Of A Gun Dancing Skulls Watch   watch releases

Tech specs from Aryta:
• Case – high grade steel 316IL case with an engraved target sight
• Patents – 5 registered patents
• Dial – dial with hand designed skulls and little skull sculptures around the bezel
• Size – 47 mm
• Movement – high end Swiss automatic movement
• Calibre – 2671 ETA/Sellita
• Back - open back. Rotor ballasted with three cut of bullet cartridges
• Glass – Sapphire anti reflection
• Pin: buckle
• Edition : 1/1 unique piece
• Strap – all ArtyA watches are delivered with a high end balistic nylon strap

9 comments
MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Well, it is more TSA friendly than the Son of a Gun watch with bullets in it. So I guess you could fly to hell via the commercial airlines with this one.

CG
CG

Skulls with sunglasses! At first I thought lost wax, no these are mold made skulls... intestines dangling, no blood etching? Weak attempt at macabre... maybe as a homage to Vincent Price but otherwise silly.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Those are the happiest looking skulls I've ever seen. They love being part of the watch industry. 


Beyond polarizing for sure, but being 1/1 and with a price like that, I bet it;s already sold, or at least there is a lineup of people ready to be the one. 


I'd never want or wear it, but I'm glad it exists. 

Jus_ad_bellum
Jus_ad_bellum

that seems like something Tim Minchin's character from Californication would wear, absolute steaming pile of dog turd

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

A truly profound meditation on time and its complex, subtle relationship with mortality.

In other words, pretentious crap.

Frauss
Frauss

The person who buys this watch deserves it.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

For $15K, I'd buy 15 or more boutique micro-brand divers and aviators - all better looking and more wearable than this horrid thing.  Please no more skulls. The B&R, Montegrappa thing, this Artya, and all the other skull watches ABTW(R) has covered are all silly and horrible IMO. I can't take any of them seriously. They're about as appealing as a Hello Kitty watch to me.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Looks crude and amateurish in terms of build.  It might be brilliantly well made but looks like some student knocked it together in his garage.  Does being a "well-rounded" watch collector make it mandatory to purchase very expensive and extremely ugly watches you despise and would never wear?  Is it a philosophical thing, that we can't appreciate the good in life without knowing evil?  Perhaps there's some logic to that.  Next to the latest piece of fossilised Artya shit, something like an AL&S would look all the more beautiful.

ExperimentJon
ExperimentJon

Yikes.  For ~$15k, you'd think that they'd be able to have a bit more attention to detail and quality in casting the skulls--particularly around the teeth and the eyes.  The bracelet looks particularly chintzy.  But perhaps it's just the tiny scale that they're working in...so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

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