; ARNOLD AND SON ULTRA THIN TOURBILLON (UTTE) REVIEW









ARNOLD AND SON ULTRA THIN TOURBILLON (UTTE)

An exquisite wristwatch whose pure unpolluted aesthetics bely the remarkable technical complexities within, the Arnold and Son Ultra Thin Tourbillon is a piece which is contemporary and stylish, yet which also perpetuates the age of the classical pocket watch, with its off centre dial and magnificent flying tourbillon, and a Manufacture movement which pushes the boundaries of horologic engineering.

Manufactured to the exacting standards of haute horlogerie, it is superbly finished throughout. Presented in a round 42mm case of 18ct red gold, which curves inwards from the top side to the underside, with a squat fluted crown, the Ultra Thin Tourbillon is distinguished and refined, and a watch of understated elegance with its polished surfaces, immaculate lines and slender 12.2mm profile.

Beneath a gently domed sapphire glass, the display is reminiscent of a fine old pocket watch. It is almost austere, with the dial and the tourbillon aperture surrounded by a backdrop of silvery-white dimpled grenage finishing. With its two features aligned in the vertical, there is a strikingly beautiful symmetry, with the hours and minutes displayed on the small off-centred dial, surrounded by a brushed siler minutes ring, with a white opaline base featuring black roman numerals and blued steel hands with skeletonised pointer tips, while immediately beneath, the flying tourbillon is absolutely captivating as it rotates in its sixty-second cycle.

Appearing to float in its own space, the beautiful regulating mechanism features a domed upper bridge, with a pointer for the small seconds, as well as an off-centre balance which revolves around the axis, adding to the spectacle of the tourbillon’s mechanical animation.

A sapphire crystal caseback reveals the decoration and hand finishing which has been applied throughout the A&S8200 manual winding movement. A technical masterpiece which has a depth of only 2.97mm, it boasts an impressive 90 hours of power reserve from two barrels, and features radiating stripes of Côtes de Genève, a hand engraved tourbillon bridge, as well as polished anglage edging and circular brushed wheels.

A superb piece which is discreet yet stately, the Ultra Thin Tourbillon is a watch which, while in no way ostentatious, has an authoritative presence on the wrist. It is presented on a black alligator leather strap with 18ct red gold pin buckle.
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