Yvan Arpa is setting the watchmaking planet on fire with the VOLNATOMIC, an explosive collection in which traditional Swiss watchmaking embodied through a self-winding movement, a Large Date Dubois Dépraz calibre and Concepto tourbillon play with the concept of forbidden territory and nuclear danger by adopting the famous black and yellow color codes.
Warning: not for sensitive souls!
Code diversion, creative irony and ostentatious provocation: Yvan Arpa is once again exploring forbidden territory. After lightning, rust and dust, all classic enemies of watchmaking, he is displaying the yellow and black colors seared into the collective consciousness as symbolizing danger and embodying a warning signal.
Nuclear technology, an explosive subject with strong negative connotations, is looking for enthusiasts, connoisseurs or initiates prepared to make light of threats and advocating atomic energy as epitomizing the very essence of matter.
The toxic skull atomic symbol and emergency exit signs appear on a black and yellow dial framed by a bezel with a striped pattern composed of either alternating matte or polished black finishes or by alternating colors, according to the Crime Scene, Radioactive and Atomic Central models.
The figurative elements on the watch, such as the warning triangle, the skull or the atomic propeller blade serve an aesthetic role as well as conveying a cleverly diverted symbolism.
According to Yvan Arpa, “the use of irony via diverted codes is typical of contemporary art and in certain offbeat circles, but never in watchmaking.”
VOLNATOMIC appeals to natural “transgressors”, drawing them into dangerous and forbidden zones in order to escape from a day-to-day, conventional and well-defined universe.
Hours – minutes – small seconds at 6h – large date
Mechanical self-winding Dubois Dépraz calibre performing 28,800 vibrations per hour
42-hour power reserve
Jewelling: 21 jewels
316 steel, satin-brushed and treated with a black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating
Diameter : 46.5mm
Water resistance : 50 metres
Caseback : sapphire crystal adorned with toxic skull symbol and atomic symbol
Bezel: striped with alternating black, matt or polished finishes
Two-tone with graded shades of colour running from yellow to black
Hands: yellow for the hours and minutes, shaped like an atomic symbol for the small seconds
Crown: matte black with polished atomic symbol
2.5 mm thick spherical sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides.
Genuine rubber with hand-sewn stitching, steel black PVD-coated double-pin buckle