Swiss luxury watch brand Arnold & Son marks the year of the Water Rabbit with a new artistic version of its elegant Perpetual Moon model.
Limited to eight timepieces, the Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon “Year of the Rabbit” timepiece features a sculpted golden rabbit set against a backdrop of black aventurine, posing next to a pagoda surrounded by waterfalls.
The black aventurine glass dial accommodates a large moon-phase display. In a large aperture, a turning disc reveals the waxing and waning of the night’s celestial body, the appearance of the crescent moon and its light. It is crafted from mother-of-pearl with painted elements in relief, all enhanced with Super-LumiNova.
The dial’s aquatic elements as well as the pagoda’s windows are also hand-painted with luminescent material. In the background, the disc bearing the star is made from deep black aventurine glass.
Sculpted in three dimensions, the rabbit is crafted from 18-carat rose gold. Its expression, its pose and the details of its fur are hand-engraved and -burnished to add depth and nuance.
On a disc of black aventurine glass dotted with glittering inclusions, the foliage and pagoda decorations are hand-painted with gold powder.
Like all the movements used by Arnold & Son, the A&S1512 calibre was entirely developed, produced, decorated, assembled, adjusted and cased up at the brand’s Manufacture located in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This calibre is powered by a double barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, delivering a 90-hour power reserve.
The moon phase display of this movement is so precise that it will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by one day.
The Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon “Year of the Rabbit” model comes with a glistening black alligator leather strap featuring visible platinum stitching. It is lined with red alligator leather in a nod to the lucky colour of Chinese symbolism.
Model: Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon “Year of the Rabbit”
Calibre A&S1512, mechanical with manual winding
Diameter: 34 mm
Thickness: 5.35 mm
Power reserve: 90 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz/21,600 vph
Main plate: rhodium-plated, radiating Côtes de Genève stripes
Bridges: polished and chamfered
Wheels: circular satin-finished
Screws: blued and chamfered, polished heads
Second moon-phase indicator: rhodium-plated and circular-grained
Hours, minutes, astronomical moon phases, second moon-phase indicator on the back
Material: black aventurine glass
Rabbit: 18-carat rose gold (4N), hand-engraved and -burnished finishes
Landscape: hand-painted with gold powder, enhanced with Super-LumiNova
Sky: black aventurine glass
Constellations: hand-painted, enhanced with Super-LumiNova
Moon: mother-of-pearl disc with hand-painted details, enhanced with Super-LumiNova
Material: 18-carat red gold (5N)
Diameter: 41.5 mm
Thickness: 11.67 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on both sides
Case back: Sapphire with an anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 30 m/100 feet
Glistening black alligator leather, red alligator leather lining, platinum thread (PT950), hand-stitched
Buckle: Pin buckle, 18-carat red gold (5N)
Limited edition of 8 timepieces
Swiss retail price
CHF 57,000 including taxes (may be subject to modifications)