Arnold & Son produces some beautiful moon phase watches, and there’s a new piece in the collection with a new twist. Building on the HM Hemisphere Perpetual Moon model, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch joins the brand’s Royal Collection. With a second three-dimensional moon, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch maintains the visual appeal of previous models but affords the wearer a view of the moon from both the northern and southern hemispheres. The elegant golden constellations along with the gorgeous blue guilloché dial make sure this piece fits in just perfectly with the rest of the line and the brand as a whole.
Measuring in at 42mm, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon case is offered in 18 karat red gold, though perhaps in the future a stainless steel variant will be offered. In any case, the gold with the deep blue guilloché dial is just simply beautiful. The three-dimensional moons themselves are 11.2mm, and are joined by the gold stars resulting in an absolutely mesmerizing look. Regal is the word to describe this dial, and Arnold & Son have produced a piece that will make fans absolutely salivate.
The Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon’s crystal is anti-reflective sapphire and the case back allows for more accurate adjustments to the moon phase by showing a third moon during eight different stages. Once set, the accuracy should hold for 122 years, after which a simple adjustment will guarantee it for another 122 years. The hand-wound movement is an Arnold & Son manufacture A&S1512 which beats at 21,600 bph with a 90-hour power reserve. The movement itself is 5.35mm thick and features 27 jewels, while the case is rated for 30 meters of water resistance. As if the case back weren’t beautiful enough, the Côtes de Genève shown throughout the movement is just lovely.
The Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon comes with either a brown or black hand-stitched alligator strap and is sure to grab the eye of many a watch lover. The Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch is priced at $30,500. arnoldandson.com
In a bold effort that pays homage to one of the most historically important chronometers — the John Arnold pocket chronometer No. 1/36 — Arnold & Son has just announced the brand new Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal. A follow up to the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 announced during Baselworld 2017, this new version introduces dark grey and rose gold tones which serve to enhance the visual elegance and beauty of a watch that showcases the newest technical prowess. More to the point, the watch features a brand new stainless steel case with anthracite DLC coating to attain the pronounced gunmetal look. While the inspiration for the watch is arguably among the most significant classical timepieces from the new history, this model is far more modern in its implementation and design.The original “Arnold 36” chronometer wasn’t just the first pocket watch by John Arnold to utilize a bigger motion with the “T” balance, but also the very first to be called a “chronometer” because of its exceptional timekeeping capabilities. This was, of course, prior to the COSC affiliation that term is known for today. As opposed to fully replicate the piece visually, however, Arnold & Son has created something spectacular and modern with a movement which essentially takes area of the dial completely. Aside from this Arnold 36 chronometer, Arnold & Son can also be paying tribute to the old English gunsmith tradition, which is closely related to traditional watchmaking and shares several common methods.