Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian
Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian


Arnold & Son's Perpetual Moon Glows with Mexican Obsidian

With its XXL moon, the Perpetual Moon is ruled by Selene, the goddess of this celestial body. Arnold & Son presents a limited edition of 28 pieces featuring this distinctive complication, adorned with an extraordinary material rarely seen in watchmaking. With a dial made from Mexican obsidian, this timepiece appears to be bathed in bronze moonlight. The stone is reflected in the sizeable rhodium-plated moon and the perfectly polished hour-markers. The result is an interplay of reflections, vibrations, and warmth that echoes the light of Earth's satellite.

Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian

Showcasing one of the largest moons to be found in the watchmaking sphere, the Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian stands out for the size of its complication and the aesthetic approach employed by the resolutely British-Swiss brand. Housed in a 42mm rose gold case, beneath a rarely seen golden obsidian dial, the watch's hand-wound caliber A&S1512 offers a precision double moon phase display.

Panoramic View

On the movement side, a hand display allows for extremely fine adjustments. On the dial side, a large moon disc occupies almost the entire aperture, presented in a vast window with a round cut-out that allows the changing faces of the moon to be admired. Shadows and areas of relief cross the realistic depiction to add to its presence.

In the exterior details, Arnold & Son has taken this approach even further. The moon is only visible because it reflects the light from the sun. In the same way, the light brings the Perpetual Moon Obsidian to life with its shimmering reflections.

Golden Heart

From Mexico, the manufacture sourced one of the oldest and most intriguing stones: golden obsidian. This volcanic stone has been mined in Central America since time immemorial and was used in particular in the religious ceremonies of pre-Columbian civilizations. Obsidian has a very high silica content, making it a hard and shiny material.

Golden obsidian owes its shimmer to the semi-precious stone's chemical composition and its specific crystallization. Its bronze hue extends far beneath the surface, right into the heart of the material. Despite the minute amount used for the dial, it still produces a glistening effect, reflected in turn in the hands and hour-markers.

Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian

Strong Contrasts

Arnold & Son selected cool shades to contrast with the stone. The moon and hands are rhodium-plated, and the hour-markers are made from diamond-polished white gold. Together, these choices enhance the reflections of the golden obsidian and the rose gold of the case. The brand chose a blue alligator-leather strap with visible silver-colored topstitching to complete this contrasting interplay of warm and cool tones.

Impeccable Accuracy

Like all the movements used by Arnold & Son, the caliber A&S1512 was entirely developed, produced, decorated, assembled, adjusted, and cased up in the brand's manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This caliber is based on a double-barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, giving a 90-hour power reserve. Last but not least, the moon phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by one day.

Discover more information about the Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian.

Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian

0 comments

Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing

More Articles

Genus-Rainbow-Green-dial
Genus-Rainbow-Green-dial

Genus Paints from a Bold Palette with Rainbow Green

Read about the intense green Damascus titanium case and the shimmering gem-set time display Genus brings together in the newest addition to the independent  watchmaker's award-winning GNS1 collection. 
Urwerk Brings It All Back Home with the Time and Culture II
Urwerk Brings It All Back Home with the Time and Culture II

Urwerk Brings It All Back Home with the Time and Culture II

Urwerk goes back to where it all began with the new UR-100V Time and Culture II, celebrating the Sumerians who defined the first unit of time and whose city, Ur, inspired the Urwerk name. 
Shop Urwerk UR-100V Stardust
Shop Urwerk UR-100V Stardust

Urwerk's UR-100V Stardust Shines Like a Diamond in the Night

Urwerk brings the cosmos to the wrist with the UR-100V Stardust, which combines sparkling diamonds with the brand's signature wandering hour movement.