Arnold & Son wowed the Watches & Wonders on-line exhibition earlier this 12 months with the launch of the primary Luna Magna, a timepiece that launched the most important 3D moon-phase ever put in right into a wristwatch. On the lately concluded WatchTime New York occasion, the manufacture launched an much more valuable encore to the unique mannequin in rose gold, this one cased in 950 platinum and restricted to simply 28 items worldwide.
Just like the one on its rose-gold-cased predecessor, the 12-mm-diameter spherical moon that dominates the decrease dial of the Luna Magna Platinum is made up of two hemispheres, certainly one of marble for the sunshine aspect of the moon, the opposite of aventurine glass for the darkish aspect; neither materials has ever been used to create a 3D moon for a watch. It measures a considerable 12 mm in diameter and floats inside an aventurine dial that depicts a star-filled midsummer sky with tiny metallic crystals. How does this voluminous lunar globe match inside the comparatively modest dimensions of a luxurious timepiece? It’s positioned completely between the highest and backside of the motion, with its higher half enclosed in a domed part of the sapphire crystal; the design is repeated on the decrease aspect of the watch, by which one other sapphire glass rests within the small of the wrist. Measuring from one sapphire dome to the opposite, the case’s complete thickness is similar as that of its rose-gold predecessor, solely 15.9 mm.
Above the large moon-phase is an off-centered subdial, made from mother-of-pearl on this platinum mannequin, which hosts blued hour-and-minute palms and Roman numeral markers. The spherical, polished case, 44 mm in diameter and made from 18k rose gold, accommodates hand-wound Caliber A&S1021, which has been totally developed, manufactured, assembled and adjusted in-house at Arnold & Son’s manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Except for its 3-Hz frequency, its spectacular 90-hour energy reserve, elaborate haute horlogerie finishes, the motion is distinguished by a particular indicator for the age of the moon on its rear aspect. The latter machine works in live performance with the delicate moon-phase perform, which is engineered to copy the exact, real-life lunar cycle of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and a pair of.8 seconds and thus wouldn’t want adjustment for 122 years. The motion even makes such an adjustment simple, because the moon-phase settings may be accessed immediately by way of the watch’s crown.
Additional distinguishing the Luna Magna Platinum from the rose-gold model from final Spring is the blue PVD flange and the hand-stitched, darkish blue alligator strap with a shiny magenta lining, culminating in a pin buckle made from 950 platinum. Restricted to twenty-eight items, it’s priced at 55,900 Swiss francs.