According to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Tiger starts on February 1, 2022, and to commemorate the same, Arnold & Son has unveiled a new timepiece, the "Year of the Tiger" Perpetual Moon , an eight-piece limited edition moonphase, intricately decorated with a tiger motif. The meticulously created dial depicts a golden tiger near a river, with a mother-of-pearl moon above it.
The dial is equal parts striking due to the moonphase display and the craftsmanship involved in creating the tiger and its lush surrounds. The mother-of-pearl moon is painted in Super-LumiNova, appearing almost white during the day, and lighting up in the dark, an aspect also reflected in the waterfall that features on the dial. The background sphere of the moonphase bears four stars and is made from a deep black aventurine glass, a form of translucent quartz.
The tiger has a 3D treatment, made from 18K rose gold. Every inch of the tiger has been meticulously created, right from the pose, to the fur, to the movement of the tail. Even the nearby bamboo is painted in gold powder on a hematite disc, which displays glittering inclusions. The whole watch comes together on a glistening black alligator strap backed with red alligator leather and stitched with platinum thread with an 18karat rose gold pin buckle.
The 42mm watch features the A&S1512 calibre, which like all other movements created and used by Arnold & Son, was produced, developed, assembled, and finished in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. This hand wound mechanical movement has two barrels with a frequency of 3Hz, delivering a 90-hour power reserve, visible through the sapphire anti-reflective caseback.. The moonphase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by a single day. The rhodium-plated main-plate features Côtes de Genève stripes bridges with a rhodium-plated polished head and a second moonphase indicator. The watch has a 30-metre water resistance.
|“Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon|
|functions||Hours, minutes, astronomical moon-phases, second indicator of moon-phases on the case back|
|movement||A&S1512, hand-wound mechanical, 3 Hz Frequency|
|case||42 mm, 18karat red gold, domed sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire, anti-reflective caseback and 30 metres water resistance|
|strap and clasp||black alligator leather, red alligator leather backing, platinum thread with an 18karat red gold pin buckle|