Since the dawn of civilization man has had an unnatural fascination with the Moon. Not surprisingly really given the overarching effect it had on many aspects of early life, plus it’s somewhat baffling ability to appear and disappear from the night sky (this was before we understood the basic concepts of our solar system and orbit, of course). Even today with all our modern technology and knowledge the Moon still intrigues us. I don’t know about you but I still feel miniscule every time I look up in the sky and contemplate the vastness of space and the incredible way the Moon seems to just hang there, suspended in time.
The watch-makers over at Arnold & Son share this same fascination, it seems, with the brand yesterday unveiling one of their new timepieces for 2013; the HM Perpetual Moon.
The HM Perpetual Moon
As we’ve discussed before on The Watch Lounge watch manufacturer Arnold & Son have worked to build a strong reputation based on creating high quality, conservative timepieces that more often than not incorporate traditional complications. These pieces generally have a modern twist and always showcase the latest in technological advances when it comes to quality and execution.
The HM Perpetual Moon is no exception, offering one of the largest and most precise moon-phase complications on the market. It’s so precise in fact that A&S claims there will only be one day’s deviation every 122 years and even then all you need to do is give a single push on the purpose-built corrector and it will keep in sync for another 122 years. This is made possible by the in-house, hand-wound calibre A&S1512, complete with double-barrel power supply, which has the moon-phase complication completely integrated as opposed to a separate module that has been added-on afterwards.
To allow for even greater accuracy the watch also offers a unique easy-to-set feature thanks to the addition of a second moon indication on the back of the movement (visible through the sapphire caseback). This second display features a graduated dial and a pointer hand that allows for a more exact setting. Arguably it is a bit of overkill but at the same time A&S are attempting to recreate timepieces from an era when reliance on their accuracy for determining co-ordinates and the like was absolute, so I think it’s a nice extra touch.
Three Versions, One Moon
The HM Perpetual Moon will be offered in three different variations. Pictured above is the Modern model, presented in a 42 mm stainless steel case complete with a black guilloché dial with black guilloché moon disc and 11.2mm hand-engraved moon. To be honest I find the moon-phase complication in this particular make-up a bit overpowering as the dial is very dark and sombre and the moon looks somewhat ominous.
That being said there are another two models that A&S have not yet released images of, which I am quite looking forward to seeing. Both come in an 18k red gold case and offer the promise of a bit more color and contrast. The Elegant model features a blue guilloché dial in a stylized sunray pattern, blue guilloché moon disc with golden stars and hand-engraved moon, whilst the Classic model, has a cream-colored dial with a blue guilloché moon disc with golden stars and the hand-engraved moon.
Hopefully we will have a chance to get hands-on with all three models next week at Baselworld, so please stay tuned for live pictures and pricing.
The Final Word
Whether you’re a fan of traditional watchmaking or not it’s hard not to admire the high quality work Arnold & Son are producing. They may not be a well-established household name yet but they definitely seem to be following the right track if that is there long-term goal, consistently producing interesting pieces that stay true to their stated goal of honoring the legacy of the famous English watchmaker, and their namesake, John Arnold. It’s still early days of course but this definitely feels like it could be an interesting brand to watch.
Category: Baselworld 2013