At Baselworld 2016, Arnold and Son brought some new models at that grand event.
The new Arnold and Son Nebula is a lesson of watchmaking architecture, with a movement developed and designed to be as pleasant and opened as possible. This watch like the Constant Force Tourbillon, an almost perfect mirror-like symmetry. However, it also brings something different – don’t see it as a poor’s man copy – with technical elements arranged in a radiating style. Clearly, this movement has been conceived with beauty in mind.
This movement is indeed surprising because, starting from the central axis of the hands, all the elements that compose a watch are positioned in a radiating way. On top, we found the two mainspring barrels. These two are giving echo to the regulating organ and the small second indicator, on the lower side. 4 round elements are thus perfectly positioned on each corner of the dial. All of them are also held in place by triangular and opened bridges, all of them equally designed. It is said that the human brain finds beauty in symmetry. In this case at least, there’s no doubt to have.
As usual with Arnold and Son, we’re talking in-house movement, and this one has been developed from scratch to be opened. It is still a rather simple movement that only displays the time . However, it features a comfortable 90-hour power reserve. The interest of the Arnold and Son Nebula isn’t to explore chronometry and to compile complications but rather to enjoy the beauty of mechanics. All the parts of the movement are meticulously finished – bridges are chamfered by hand, then polished, flat surfaces are brushed, wheels are also chamfered, main jewels are inserted in gold chatons and screws are bevelled and have mirror-polished heads.
The Arnold and Son Nebula has a reasonable diameter (41.5mm) and a rather slim profile (8.7mm). It will be available in two editions. The first one has a stainless case, a movement plated in black ADLC, bridges plated in anthracite NAC and a hand-aged anthracite calf leather strap. The second edition of the Arnold and Son Nebula is encased in 18k red gold, with a movement grey-NAC plated, bridges palladium-plated and a brown alligator strap.