Arnold & Son is a brand that has been doing brilliant timepieces for quite some time. From showcasing its expertise in celestial timepieces like the beautiful Luna Magna to the understated Nebula series and the over-the-top Metiers D'Art watches like the UltraThin Tourbillon Koi and Dragon & Pheonix, timepieces from Arnold & Son have stood the test of time.
This time around, the brand offered a range of timepieces that not only shined through (literally) against the gamut of new releases but made a long-lasting mark on the (at-least mine) head and heart.
Here are the two timepieces that took my breath away:
Luna Magna Ultimate 1
When Arnold & Son launched the aventurine dial Luna Magna, my mind was blown with not just the beauty of the watch but the brilliance with each the celestial beings like the moon and the night sky was represented on the dial. This time around, Arnold & Son has taken it a step further and released the Luna Magna Ultimate 1 featuring ruthenium crystals and a dial made of white opal. The bezel is set with baguette-cut diamonds and the signature three-dimensional moon is paved with blue sapphires and diamonds. Revealing an outstanding level of detail that maybe a Zoom meeting could not have sufficed, the piece left me staring in awe.
Crafted in a 44mm case made of white gold and set wth 7.62 carats of the highest quality diamonds, the Luna Magna Ultimate 1 is made entirely of precious metals. The diamond-studded bezel is reminiscence of the ring around Saturn. But what steals the show is the dial of the watch. Made from hundreds of ruthenium crystals that sparkle in a blue façade, the dial gives off an iridescent display and blue radiance that was beyond my imagination (until now).
The masterpiece timepiece is powered by the in-house A&S1021 calibre that offers a power reserve of 90 hours and a regulating organ at a frequency of 3 Hz. Apart from the marvellous spinning orb on the face of the watch, the moonphase can also be read via the caseback. Limited to just 8 pieces, the Arnold & Son Luna Magna Ultimate 1 comes in a blue alligator leather strap.
Price: CHF 169,000 excl. tax (subject to change)
Making all our travel dreams come true is the all new timepiece from Arnold & Son. First launched in a red gold version, this time the brand offers the Globetrotter in a steel case that works perfectly with the large bridge spanning the world map of the northern hemisphere. This 'world time' complication watch has been a massive success when it comes to offering aesthetic ingenuity and technological advancement.
The Globetrotter draws inspiration from the brand's prestigious lineage of marine chronometers that John Arnold has created for the British Navy in the 18th century. After the gold version, the Globetrotter Steel also made many hearts skip a beat at Geneva Watch Days and those on Zoom meetings. The Globetrotter Steel preserves the Earth’s half-globe and sapphire crystal ring, which together make it possible to read the time north of the equator.
The watch is available in two dials; one in tonal blue, lacquered with sunburst decoration and the other in silvery white, lacquered with sunburst decoration. The former is available in a limited edition of 88 pieces, while the latter has no limit on the number of pieces. Both the models come in a 45mm stainless steel case with a dome sapphire crystal. The blue and white dials are home to the blue Earth globes and Roman numeral indexes. Beating at the heart of the watch is the automatic Calibre A&S6022 that offers the functions of hours, minutes and world hours. Strapped to a blue alligator leather strap, the two models of the Arnold & Son Globetrotter clock in a power reserve of 45 hours.
Blue: CHF 18,900 before tax (subject to change)
Opalescent: CHF 17,900 before tax (subject to change)