Though a young brand, Arnold & Son is responsible for some memorable watches we have seen over the past few years. The wonderful Time Pyramid watch (reviewed here) as well as the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon watch come to mind in particular. Now, a new version of the latter in stainless steel with a blue guilloche dial and blue guilloche moon phase disc has been announced. The shade of blue seems to be the same bright and deep blue as the red gold model, and the large moon and its accompanying stars are silver. It’s a great mix of colors that recreates the feeling of looking up on a moon on a cloudless night.
When the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon watch was announced, the red gold with blue guilloche dial variant was the one that stood out most for me. The bright and deep blue of the dial is simply mesmerizing, especially when it’s juxtaposed with the gold moon. Unfortunately, because of its precious metal case, that meant this particular variant has a high price. Arnold & Son has a stainless steel variant, but that came with a black guilloche dial with a silver moon, which, although is a better approximation of what the moon would look like in the night sky, is just not as vibrant as the blue.
The Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton comes at a 42mm 5N reddish gold case, which can be as beautifully crafted as the motion. The dial part, that’s the broadest section, additionally features an additional sapphire glass to showcase that the caliber A&S8220 in all of its glory. The bottom of the case is made narrower to fit snugly on the wrist.The Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton watch will be limited to just 50 pieces, and every watch will come with a hand-stitched brownish or black alligator leather strap with a fitting 5N reddish gold buckle using all the Arnold & Son emblem. Price is $76,750. Arnold & Son produces some gorgeous moon phase watches, also there is a new piece in the collection with a new spin. Building on the HM Hemisphere Perpetual Moon model, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch unites the brand’s Royal Collection. With a second three-dimensional moon, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch preserves the visual allure of earlier models but affords the wearer a view of the moon from both the northern and southern hemispheres. The tasteful gold constellations together with the stunning blue guilloché dial make certain this piece fits in just perfectly with the rest of the line along with the brand as a whole.Measuring in at 42mm, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon instance is offered at 18 karat red gold, although perhaps in the long run a stainless steel version will be provided. In any case, the gold with the deep blue guilloché dial is just simply amazing. The three-dimensional moons themselves are 11.2mm, and are joined by the golden stars resulting in a totally mesmerizing look. Regal is the term to describe this dial, and Arnold & Son have produced a bit that will make fans absolutely salivate.
Most moon phase watches usually make do with just a small aperture for the display. The Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon watch, however, goes all out and offers its owner a large display of the moon with a large moon phase aperture that stretches from 10 to 2 o’clock and a moon phase disc that measures a whopping 29mm. The diameter of the moon alone, in case you were wondering, is 11.2mm. It’s also worth mentioning at this point that the moon itself looks very realistic because it was made from an initial hand-engraved model that has been duplicated for series production. The large moon phase display also never feels overwhelming because the case is a very modern 42mm in diameter. In all, the large moon phase display and the contemporary size of the case makes for a very harmonious overall look.
Underneath, this new Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon in stainless steel with blue guilloche dial watch is powered by the in-house-made hand-wound caliber A&S1512, which can be admired through the sapphire caseback. This particular caliber was created from the ground up to display the moon phase, and as a result, it is extremely accurate – to the tune of one day every 122 years. After 122 years, a single push on the corrector will sync the moon phase indication for another 122 years.
The 3Hz caliber A&S1512 also features double barrels which give it a power reserve of a very respectable 90 hours. The movement is also decorated to a very high standard and features manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, circular graining on the wheels, flame-blued screws, mirror polished heads and Côtes de Geneve finishing on the bridges. And as if the large moon phase display on the dial isn’t enough, there is also an eight-stage indication of the moon phase on the rear of the movement.
All things considered, this new version of the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon watch is a fantastic choice for those who want a classically styled watch with a twist. It comes with a choice of a hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather strap and it is priced at $17,200. arnoldandson.com