Luxury watch maker Arnold & Son Greets the lunar New Year with an exquisitely crafted limited edition celebrating the goat.
This exclusive edition timepiece from Arnold & Son combines inspiration from traditional Chinese ink wash paintings with traditional Haute Horlogerie, fits into that exclusive category. This special tribute to the eighth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac is limited to just eight timepieces.
The HM Goats Special Edition, unveiled to mark the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year, has a white mother-of-pearl dial featuring an exquisite, hand-painted miniature of a family of goats feeding on leaves.
The design is inspired by traditional Chinese ink wash painting, however interpreted using the technique of miniature painting by hand. In this technique, delicate nuances of tone and shading, achieved using tiny brushstrokes and texturing, blend into an image with breathtaking richness of detail.
The art of miniature painting by hand calls for infinite patience and expertise. It is a skill that takes many years of concentrated practice to fully master.
The watch is powered by the A&S1001 movement, which is just 2.7 mm thick and manufactured entirely in-house.
Housed in a 40 mm 18-carat rose gold case, it has twin barrels that generate a 90-hour power reserve, guarantee a more constant force and in turn a more constant rate and greater accuracy. All the plates and bridges in the movement are hand-chamfered and decorated – a further indication of the traditional craftsmanship upheld by Arnold & Son.
The HM Goats Special Edition is limited to just eight timepieces.
Model: The HM Goats Special Edition (Royal Collection)
Limited edition: 8 timepieces
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 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
Hand-painted miniature on white mother-of-pearl
18-carat rose gold, diameter 40 mm, diamond-set bezel available, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather