Timekeepers Club / November 28, 2022

ArtyA Gold Shams Magnificent

ArtyA has been working with sapphire crystal for several years and has made it one of its specialties, and it is this know-how that is used in the latest piece in the Son of Gears collection. A case made entirely of perfectly transparent sapphire glass adorned with two imposing and elegant gold inserts. The redoubtable task was to succeed in rooting this set in one of the hardest materials in the world. The challenge was met thanks to the close collaboration with the famous and talented Geneva jeweler, Mr. Philippe Barbey. This refined and timeless decoration makes this piece unique and its wearer proud. The intricate mix of its skeleton movement, sapphire crystal case and brilliant gold adornment creates a piece that will never run out of breath.

This incredible Watch has a Lab-created synthetic sapphire case that has the same physical properties, visual characteristics and hardness level as the natural gemstones. Natural 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. This 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. This is why it is long difficult and costly to create a full sapphire case to the high standard of ArtyA. There is another side for ArtyA that is of high interest to us, sapphire have properties and powers that we can feel and enjoy or at least consider positively.

About the ArtyA skeletonized movements

The aim of a skeleton is to reveal the movement, workings and mechanical beauty in all their glory. 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.

Technical specifications

ArtyA Gold Shams Magnificent

Pièce Unique 1/1


  • Material: Fully transparent pure sapphire crystal case with anti-reflective treatment with gold inlays
  • Diameter: 46mm
  • Screwed down full sapphire case back
  • Sapphire crown

Dial and hands

  • Openworked


  • ArtyA shams exclusive manual winding skeleton golden movement
  • Power reserve of 50 hours


  • Hours, minutes

Strap and buckle

  • High quality handmade leather strap

MSRP: CHF 36'000

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