ARNOLD AND SON PERPETUAL MOON 41.5 RED GOLD REVIEW
Exhibiting exceptional craftsmanship throughout, the Perpetual Moon 41.5 Red Gold watch by Arnold and Son captures the passage of the moon within a spectacular and luxurious setting. A timepiece styled to please the aesthetic senses, the model is a superb demonstration of this prestigious company’s panache for complex Haute Horlogerie watchmaking and their affinity with that most emotive of all horological compilations, the moon phase.
The watch is presented in an 18ct. red gold case which has been beautifully decorated with contrasting polished and brushed finishes. Measuring 41.5mm and with a height of 11.30mm it carries perfect dress watch proportions and with neatly sculpted lugs and a trim bezel it has an elegant presence on the wrist. The dial architecture of the watch employs Arnold and Son’s expertise for displaying the phases of the moon via an exceptionally generous aperture.
Crafted to stir the senses as it waxes and wanes, the mother-of-pearl moon disc has been meticulously hand-painted with fine detailing and is showcased against a midnight blue background, accompanied by the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia constellations. By day, it has a captivating shimmer, while after dark, its Super-LumiNova glow gives it an ethereal appearance adding to the drama of the spectacle. The façade of the dial is also suitably sumptuous.
Emanating from its centre, an undulating engraved decoration termed “Stellar Rays” has been achieved creating astounding depth and beauty. Comprising of skilfully applied irregular ripples upon a deep blue PVD treated surface, which has been further enhanced with several layers of transparent lacquer, it promises to catch and play with the light with every subtle movement of the wrist.
Finishing this exquisite dial are broad golden hands which narrow to fine pointer tips and sharply tapering, faceted hour indices. A sapphire crystal caseback reveals the Manufacture A&S1512 manual winding movement, where a second secret dial displays the eight stages of the moon cycle. Notably the moon phase complication has an accuracy so precise, that if the watch is kept constantly wound, it will have a deviation of only one day every 122 years.
Deriving a minimum of ninety hours of power reserve from its two barrels, beating at a frequency of 3Hz (21’600 vib/h), the proprietary calibre is finished to Haute Horlogerie standards with Côtes de Genève stripes which emanate from the centre of the balance wheel and extend across the plate. Blued screws and swirled surfacing on the barrels and ratchet add contrast, as do the hand chamfered edges of the plate and balance cock.
A distinctive and beautifully manufactured timepiece, the Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 41.5 Red Gold watch comes presented on a blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap secured to the wrist with an 18ct. red gold pin buckle.