Arnold & Son Celebrates "Year of the Tiger" with Perpetual Moon Limited Edition
The year of the Water Tiger is embodied in this expressive version of the Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon. For it, the company has fashioned a golden tiger, roaring and on the alert. In the background, a waterfall symbolizes the element that tempers this feline’s ferocious energy. The refinement of this decorative dial springs from consummate craftsmanship and the wide range of precious gemstones that Arnold & Son draws on. Rose gold and specular hematite, mother-of-pearl and aventurine come together in a highly symbolic scene on the watch.
To celebrate the start of the new year in the traditional Chinese astrological calendar, Arnold & Son is releasing a limited edition comprising eight pieces of its high-precision phases of the moon model. The “Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon features a sculpted golden tiger against a backdrop in specular hematite, a rare and expressive stone.
The Year of the Tiger starts on Tuesday February 1, 2022. It is particularly auspicious. The tiger’s courage and power are tempered by the element of water. The year is set fair to be full of enthusiasm, surprises, and dynamism. The animal featured on the dial of the “Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon is therefore standing on a riverbank, ready to welcome in a new world.
On the canvas offered by the dial of this exceptional piece, Arnold & Son has accommodated a large moon. In a wide window, a turning disc reveals the waxing and waning of the celestial body, the appearance of the crescent moon and its light. For this moon is crafted from mother-of-pearl enhanced with Super-LumiNova, and its relief is painted. In daylight it is grey, almost white. In the dark it lights up from the interior and takes on a new aspect, brimming with gleaming detail.
This is complemented by all the aquatic details on the dial, also hand-painted with luminous pigments. In the background, the disc bearing the star is made from a deep black aventurine glass.
The centerpiece of this dial is, however, the tiger itself. Sculptured in three dimensions, it is crafted from rose gold. Its expression, its pose and the details of its fur are hand-engraved and -burnished. This meticulous, high-caliber work is a testimony to Arnold & Son’s exceptional attention to detail in their limited editions paying tribute to the Chinese zodiac.
The same holds true for the dial. A decoration depicting bamboo is painted in gold powder on the hematite disc with glittering inclusions. To round off this dazzling scene, the “Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon is mounted on a glistening black alligator strap backed with red alligator leather and stitched with platinum thread.
Like all the movements used by Arnold & Son, the A&S1512 caliber was entirely developed, produced, decorated, assembled, adjusted, and cased up between the walls of the brand's manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This caliber is based on two barrels with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, giving a 90-hour power reserve.
Finally, the moon-phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by one day. The “Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon is thus part of an astronomical, astrological cycle, a perspective of eternity.