Volna Introduces New Explosive Watch Collection - Volnatomic

Apr 19, 2010
Yvan Arpa has created an explosive watch collection reflecting the concept of nuclear danger and embodying a warning signal via the signature black and yellow color codes.

The black and yellow dial of the Volnatomic Radioactive Yellow and Radioactive Black watches demonstrates a toxic skull atomic symbol and emergency exit signs, while the other version of the dial features alternating black and yellow sectors. The dial is framed by a stripe-pattern bezel with alternating matt or polished black finishes or alternating yellow-black colors.

The figurative details, including the warning triangle, the skull or the atomic propeller blade convey a smartly diverted symbolism. As Yvan Arpa explains, the use of irony via diverted codes is often met in contemporary art and in some offbeat circles, but never in the field of watchmaking.

The time is indicated by yellow hour and minute hands and a black seconds hand.


The Radioactive Yellow and the Radioactive Black watches feature a 46.5mm case crafted from 316 steel, satin-brushed and provided with a black PVD coating. The matt black crown features a polished atomic symbol.

The case-construction is 50-meter water-resistant. The sapphire crystal case-back of the first watch demonstrates a yellow toxic skull symbol, while the sapphire crystal case-back of the other variation is embellished with a toxic skull symbol and atomic symbol.

Both versions are fitted with a mechanical self-winding movement, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement gives an advantage of a 42-hour power reserve.

Even the shape of the oscillating weight of the movement looks like an atomic symbol. The movement provides the functions of hours, minutes, and seconds. The dial is shielded by a 2.5mm-thick spherical sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides.

The Volna Volnatomic Radioactive Yellow and Radioactive Black watches are presented on a genuine rubber strap provided with hand-sewn stitching and fitted with a steel black PVD-coated double-pin buckle.


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