Timekeepers Club / October 13, 2021

ArtyA Tobacco Crystal

Today, with a bit of daring and right technical resources, you can create unique dials for highly exclusive timepieces, mirroring the many and varied interests of lovers of unconventional watches. And indeed, that’s how this Tobacco was born – a unique timepiece with a dial to be fully clad in genuine tobacco leaves.

For this creation, Yvan Arpa has chosen leaves matching the precise shades he was looking for. Some real cigar leaves are delicately hand “dialized” by artist Dominique Arpa-Cirpka, creator of the mythical son of earth collection.

A living watch, unique by nature

Working with living materials is always a challenge. We had to stabilize the material to make it as lively and expressive as possible, whilst ensuring it would stand the test of time. After carrying out a great many tests, we can now guarantee that the Tobacco will age just as well as the timeless passion of its owners!

Meditations of a watchmaker

From the very start, Mr. Arpa aimed at a design that could fully exploit the luminescent potentials of the Laboratory created corundum, a sapphire-like gem sharing its many unique qualities, both physical and spiritual.

Physically, the case is stubbornly scratchproof because of the remarkable hardness of sapphires – _9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (approximately 1800 Vickers, the third hardest mineral, after diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.5). This also explains why it is such an arduous and costly endeavor to create a full sapphire case to match the high standards of ArtyA. Spiritually, sapphire is a glittering jewel in the treasure house of our cultural memories. For centuries Sapphires have been seen as symbols of the heavens, guardians of innocence, bestowers of truth, and promoters of good health. They are believed to bring gifts of fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty.

But the most important at tribute of the sapphire was said to be the protection against sorcery - it was thought to banish evil spirits and repel venomous thoughts. Instead, they beckon the self to look outwards to a world of promise and potentials. With contemplation comes purity, the ability to combine tranquility with deep perception. And this is one of our goals at ArtyA...

Some wore sapphires to ward off illness or as a protection in perilous journeys.They appeared on the fingers of Kings and Cardinals on the most august ceremonial occasions.

Technical specifications: 

ArtyA Tobacco Crystal

Reference: ArtyA Son of Earth Tobacco Crystal


  • Material: Full transparent pure sapphire case with anti-reflective treatment
  • Diameter: 39 mm (46 mm available with manual winding skeleton movement)
  • Sapphire crown
  • Screwed open full sapphire caseback
  • Water-resistant to 30 meters

Dial and hands

  • Dial with real tobacco leaves
  • Rose gold hands


  • ArtyA Automatic and exclusive Aion
  • COSC Swiss high-end movement
  • Power reserve of 50 hours


  • Hours, minutes, seconds

Strap and buckle

  • Hand made leather strap with ArtyA special stitches

MSRP: EUR 28'400

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