Artya's creations almost entirely defy the high-end watch norm. Even among other brands that are unique, Arpa's taste and creations are totally unique. He likes to throw around the word "crazy" a lot and has an intense level of enthusiasm for his creations. He even has a collection of watches in what he calls his "forbidden collection" that are either too weird or impossible to promote through the regular channels. That is just his world. One of the new Son of a Gun watches is the "Werewolf." It has two silver bullets on the dial.
The watch dial is meant to look more like a navigational instrument. In fact, this watch is less a watch and more a testament to Yuri's trip. The manually wound movement was entirely developed by Bernhard Lederer in Switzerland, though this is a piece meant to appeal mostly to the Russian market. Around the tourbillon cage is spelled VOSTOK, and the swoopy bridge is influenced by a memorial statue in Russia. The movement has 264 parts and has the time and tourbillon. It has three mainspring barrels and 80 hours of power reserve. Through the back of the watch you can see the rotating of the satellite as it moves.
- Curved sapphire glass on the top and sapphire glass bottom
Tech specs from Ventura:
Movement: Automatic P-221, exclusive module
Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Vibrations per hour: 28’800 (4Hz)
Case: Ã˜ 42 mm
Case material: A1041/4: Stainless Steel
A3014/5: Pink gold (4N) 18ct
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial A1041/4: Silvered white
Strap: Black alligator
Stainless steel deployment buckle
Public price: Steel A1041/4: CHF 8’200.— / Euro 5’900.— / US$ 8’275.—
Gold A3014/5: CHF 20’500.— / Euro 14’700.— / US$ 20’250.—
More enjoyable little detains include the design of the crown - which is unique with its textured surface and green logo inlay (a touch more green on the dial periphery). The watch case is a very fluid design with good contrast polish and an enjoyable shape. Also note the very cool looking engraving on the back of the case that is a top with watch gears inside of it. This is one of the neatest pictographic watch logos I have seen in a while.
Each time I visit an art museum I think to myself "how wonderful would it be to be surrounded by beautiful art in my home all the time" I also consider how expensive of a proposition that is. Like most people I love art, and little of it I can take with me where I go. A few years ago I started to realize that there was art sitting on my wrist.
From the side, the difference is more clear. Note the increase in bevel on the back of the chrono, this helps keep it comfortable and in place on your wrist. You can see that the bezel doesn't dome very high, which is why the acrylic is a minor issue.
What were the Terranaut I and II watches all about you ask? Well actually the collection complete with versions I, II, and III already exist and you can read more about them here. This new version is the "Terranaut III Trail" and adds a model that looks appropriate to wear while and while not driving a Land Rover through the bush. Like I said the cases are 40mm wide and done in steel. Both dials are available in PVD black steel as well. The cases have AR coated sapphire crystals and are water resistant to 100 meters. Style wise the cases are fine. They don't hold the appeal of the watch on their own though.
Overall, a strong recommend from me. I like the dial design quite a lot, found no significant drawbacks, and the price is very good.