This year, Arnold & Son is once again paying homage to the Chinese New Year by introducing a limited métiers d’art timepiece that weds craftsmanship with its Perpetual Moon line. The unique collection offers an extra large moon phase indication that is so precise, it will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by just one day. Limited to eight pieces and crafted in pink gold, the Perpetual Moon “Year of the Rabbit” features a sculpted golden rabbit set against a backdrop of black aventurine, posing next to a pagoda surrounded by waterfalls.
In a large aperture, a turning disc reveals the waxing and waning of the night’s celestial body, the appearance of the crescent moon and its light. It is crafted from mother-of-pearl with painted elements in relief, all enhanced with Super-LumiNova.
Pale during the day, it shines brightly at night and is transformed, its face adorned with scintillating details. To add even more details to the scene, the dial’s aquatic elements as well as the pagoda’s windows are also hand-painted with luminescent material. In the background, the disc bearing the star is made from deep black aventurine glass.
The rabbit remains the dial’s key element, though. Sculpted in three dimensions, it is crafted from 18-carat rose gold. Its expression, its pose, and the details of its fur are hand-engraved and burnished to add depth and nuance. The same holds true for the dial. On a disc of black aventurine glass dotted with glittering inclusions, the foliage and pagoda decorations are hand-painted with gold powder.
At the heart of the watch ticks the brand’s caliber A&S1512, entirely developed, produced, finely decorated, assembled, and adjusted at Arnold & Son’s workshops located in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Manually-wound, it is equipped with a double barrel and delivers a 90-hour power reserve. Its beautiful finishings come to life through the exhibition case back. Also in full sight is a second moon-phase indicator on the movement side.
Pricing for the Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon “Year of the Rabbit” is marked at approximately $61,530 when converted to USD.
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