Discuss being moonstruck! Launched simply over a 12 months in the past, Arnold & Son has given its spectacular Luna Magna the purple carpet therapy. That includes one of many largest spherical moon phases ever included right into a wristwatch, the Luna Magna has starred in gold and platinum circumstances with glowing blue aventurine and marble, in a jewelry mannequin decked with sapphires, diamonds, ruthenium chips and opal, and only recently in a spellbinding Luna Magna Final II model glowing with the neon-turquoise mild of unique Paraiba tourmalines and a beneficiant splash of diamonds. At present, the sixth model of the Luna Magna spins into the photo voltaic system with a extra refined palette created with a fraction of meteorite and glowing opal in a restricted version of 28 items.
Arnold & Son’s obsession with the Moon manifested itself previously with fashions just like the 2016 Perpetual Moon and Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon outfitted with beneficiant apertures for the show and realistically engraved lunar surfaces. Nevertheless, the revealing of the Luna Magna throughout Watches & Wonders 2021 forged the Moon in a complete new mild. To seize the three-dimensionality of our satellite tv for pc, the Luna Magna (massive moon) incorporates a 12mm spherical moon on the dial in a big aperture at 6 o’clock.
The sixth rendition of the Luna Magna Platinum shares case dimension, structure and motion with earlier fashions however comes with a extra understated and refined color scheme. Utilizing a mix of meteorite and opal, the most recent model is nearer to the extra muted tonalities of the Moon we understand from Earth.
Octahedrites, the commonest class of iron meteorites, are famend for the Widmanstätten sample revealed when a lower and polished floor of the meteorite is etched with dilute acid. The basic steel crisscrossing patterns of the meteorite have additionally been handled with a sandy shade of PVD to recommend the feel of Moondust. When uncovered to mild, the meteorite flashes a refined iridescence, giving the dial a cosmic attract.
Rotating within the massive aperture at 6 o’clock is the 12mm three-dimensional moon carved from meteorite on one facet and milky white Cacholong opal on the opposite, once more suggesting the completely different faces and phases of the Moon; the darker meteorite half represents the darkish facet of the Moon, whereas the glowing opal is the close to facet of the Moon (the facet going through us). To reinforce legibility in the dead of night, the sphere is handled with Tremendous-LumiNova that’s invisible by day however glows a cool blue-green at evening. Time is indicated within the opal sub-dial at midday with classical black Roman numerals and blued openworked arms. Just like the moon, the opal dial glows in the dead of night.
Astronomical accuracy is assured by the precision moon part complication developed by Arnold & Son. Taking into consideration the 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and a couple of.8 seconds of an entire lunar cycle, Arnold & Son’s precision complication ensures that if the watch have been stored wound, it might solely want a one-day adjustment in 122 years. Nevertheless, there’s a sensible option to right the moon phases straight on the crown.
The chilly shine of the polished platinum case provides the watch a extra Moon-like aura and shares dimensions with the sooner fashions. Measuring 44mm throughout, the 15.90mm peak contains the 2 field sapphire crystals defending the dial and the motion.
The reverse facet of the case gives a view of the manual-winding A&S1021 calibre and the opposite facet of the spherical meteorite and opal moon (therefore the domed sapphire crystal). Simply above the sphere is a extra correct indicator of the eight phases of the Moon (New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Final Quarter and Waning Crescent). The motion has a diameter of 37.6mm and, together with the 3D moon, the peak is 12mm; with out the moon, it measures a slim 4.75mm. Like all A&S actions (that are made by La Joux-Perret, a part of the Citizen Group and sister firm of Arnold & Son), the ending is conventional with Geneva stripes radiating from the centre of the motion, blued, chamfered screws with polished heads and round graining with a satin end on the wheels.
Availability & Worth
The Luna Magna Platinum and Meteorite comes with an identical hand-stitched gray alligator leather-based strap, an orange alligator lining, and a platinum pin buckle. It’s a restricted version of 28 items and retails for CHF 70,900 (incl. tax). For extra info, please go to arnoldandson.com.