The new Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 is the third tourbillon watch to celebrate Arnold & Son’s 250th anniversary. It firstly combine a tourbillon with a column wheel chronograph and power all that with an automatic winding system.
Of course, we would have loved to show you the limited edition with blue lacquered guilloché dial, however the photos aren’t available yet. So we start with showing you the other two, non-limited versions. The combination of the red gold case with the anthracite dial is very striking. Warm, stylish, and with a tourbillon escapement that majestically occupies the entire top portion of the dial, from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock with an over-sized aperture that offers an incredible three-dimensional effect as the tourbillon cage rotates.
A sapphire crystal in the case back offers view on the exclusive Arnold & Son movement, caliber A&S8305. This movement offers 55 hours of power reserve, when fully wound. The relatively large movement – it measures 35.00 mm in diameter and 8.83 mm in height – comprises the integrated chronograph with column-wheel actuation and a full rotor for the automatic winding. The size is depth to the also large case, which measures 45 mm in diameter.
The Royal TEC1 does not have a running second hand. The sub dial that might easily be mistaken for the small second sub dial, is in fact the chronograph’s 60 minutes counter. The central second hand is the chronograph’s second hand, that can be operated via the two pushers.
The movement features the full-fledged Haute Horlogerie finish: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève on bridges and main plate, chronograph levers are satin-finished with hand-chamfered and polished edges, circular satin-finished wheels, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. The 22K red gold rotor is hand-engraved and skeletonised, featuring brushed surfaces and chamfered polished edges. Yes, those are all the Haute Horlogerie treats that we want.