ALTO’s ART 01: A Retro-Futuristic Masterpiece

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      Designer Thibaud Guittard and his brand ALTO have launched their first watch, the ART 01. The watch’s design is inspired by 1970s concept cars, with sleek wedge shapes, angular sides, and a unique looping dial. The watch is made of titanium and sapphire crystal, giving it a cool look. The sapphire crystal distorts the dial when viewed from the side, creating a cool optical illusion. Guittard says this crystal design is a first in watchmaking.

      ALTO's ART 01: A Retro-Futuristic Masterpiece

      The ART 01’s design is reminiscent of 1970s concept cars like those by Marcello Gandini. The sapphire crystal cover highlights the dial and case shape, playing with light. The case is made of grade 5 titanium, making it strong and light. It took two years to develop the final shape, with over 20 machining steps and meticulous hand-crafted finishing.

      ALTO's ART 01: A Retro-Futuristic Masterpiece

      Guittard’s inspiration for the ART 01 comes from ancient Greek art and architecture. The brass dial has a matte finish achieved through bead-blasting, enhancing light entry. The design is like an ancient Greek theatre, with surfaces leading to the watch hands. The watch houses the A01 calibre, an automatic movement designed exclusively for ALTO.

      ALTO's ART 01: A Retro-Futuristic Masterpiece

      A unique feature of the ART 01 is its counter-clockwise seconds hand, a twist on traditional watch movements. Guittard aims to honor the 1970s concept cars and Greek art with a modern touch. Limited to 25 pieces, the ART 01 is priced at CHF 18,450 or EUR 19,100.

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