Luxury Swiss watch brand Arnold & Son pays tribute to the dragon and the fenghuang (Chinese Phoenix) with an exquisitely crafted limited edition timepiece from its iconic Royal Collection.
Limited to 5 timepieces, the latest limited edition from Arnold & Son combines traditional Chinese paper cutting designs with the art of mechanical watch making.
This limited edition was created to celebrate two divine creatures in Chinese mythology. The dragon and fenghuang are depicted with a technique reinterpreting the principles of the ancestral art of Chinese paper cutting, also named Jianzhi.
Instead of paper the motive is created on mother-of-pearl by applying successive layers of lacquer with a miniature pad, executed with exquisite delicacy of touch and featuring fine details that evoke the depth and texture of the dragon and the fenghuang.
The Arnold and Son HM Dragon and Fenghuang watch is powered by the A&S1001 movement, which is just 2.70 mm thick and manufactured entirely in-house.
Housed in a 40 mm 18-karat 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.
The Arnold and Son HM Dragon and Fenghuang watch is limited to just 5 timepieces.
Model: HM Dragon and Fenghuang
Limited edition: 5 timepieces
Arnold & Son manufacture movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.70 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h
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
Red dragon and fenghuang on white mother-of-pearl
18-karat rose gold, diameter 40 mm, diamond-set bezel available, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, seethrough sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather