The Anglo- Swiss luxury watchmaker Arnold & Son greets the Chinese New Year with an exquisitely crafted limited edition set limited to 28 sets of 2 timepieces.
The Horse is one of the twelve signs in the Chinese zodiac and one of its most revered symbols. To mark the beginning of this much awaited year on 31st January 2014, Arnold & Son presents a special limited edition of 28 pairs of watches inspired by the horses depicted in traditional Chinese ink-wash paintings.
The Horse is one of the most powerful symbols in the Chinese zodiac and stands for a wealth of desirable characteristics. Individuals born under this sign, which is symbolic of speed and strength, are reputed to be energetic and independent with a free, unbounded spirit. In honour of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar, Arnold & Son has created 28 pairs of watches, each featuring a depiction of the horses often found in traditional Chinese ink wash painting.
Adorning each of the two lacquer dials is a hand-finished miniature painting of two horses, one pair black and grey on white, the other white and grey against a black background. Nuances of tone and shading, from jet black to silvery grey, are achieved by the tiny brushstrokes and texturing gradually to build-up the entire image with an astonishing richness of details.
The art of painting miniatures by hand calls for infinite patience and consummate skill. A skill that takes years of concentrated practice to fully master.
The two watches in each pair of this limited edition from Arnold & Son are powered by the A&S1001 calibre, developed, designed and manufactured entirely at Arnold & Son’s workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The classical design is underscored by the slim, 18-carat rose gold case, which is also available with an optional diamond-set bezel.
The simplicity of the black and white lacquered dials, which have just two hands and a minimalist chapter ring consisting of tiny dots, leaves the stage free for the dynamic miniature depiction of two charging horses. The timepieces are each presented with a high-quality black alligator leather strap.
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 90 h, two barrels, 21’600 vibrations/h
Functions: hours, minutes
Movement decoration: nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads
Black or white lacquered, hand-finished miniature painting
18-carat rose gold, diamond-set bezel available, diameter 40 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m
Hand-stitched black alligator leather
28 sets of 2 pieces
1LCAP.B04A.C111A, black lacquered dial
1LCAP.W03A.C111A, white lacquered dial