Replica Watches Essentials Hublot – Classic Fusion Ceramic Integrated Bracelet

At Hublot, the bracelet plays a major role in the look of a watch and is an essential design element, having perfect integration into the case and the high-tech materials used in the manufacture. Robust, light and comfortable black ceramic zirconium oxide is used to create the case and bracelet in a unique fusion of technology and style that remains the secret of Hublot and its pioneering spirit.

Classic Fusion céramique, bracelet intégré

Classic Fusion Ceramic black integrated bracelet © Hublot

Six versions of this new model are available:  with blue sunray or opaque black dial, chronograph or three-hand date functions, and in 45 or 42 mm diameter. 

Classic Fusion céramique, bracelet intégré

Classic Fusion Ceramic blue integrated bracelet © Hublot

Swiss watchmaker Hublot are observing their ongoing “HUBLOT LOVES ART” campaign by partnering with road artists Hush and Tristan Eaton. Hush was tasked with designing “Fame,” in the Shape of the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White. Though Hush is in fact established in London, he is known for his work with frescoes during Los Angeles, including regions of West Hollywood, Melrose, and Santa Monica. The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White is Hush’s first collaboration piece with all the newest, designed about a monochromatic portrait of a posing woman who’s unnamed but for some reason reminds me strongly of Milla Jovovich’s character in Zoolander.Tristan Eaton includes a creative agency named Thunderdog Studios situated in New York, and many of his large scale murals are featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Accordingly, Eaton is representing America’s East Price with the Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph East Coast Bronze, and in particular New York’s Financial District (linking into the “Fortune” theme). The bronze case is meant to signify the iconic Charging Bull sculpture on the green of Lower Manhattan. This is Eaton’s second collaboration slice with Hublot, having previously designed the timeless Fusion Aerofusion Concrete Jungle watch for its newest in 2016.

Each of the six references is equipped with a mechanical movement with an automatic self-winding frequency of 4 Hz, for an autonomy of 42 hours, with an oscillating weight in skeletonised tungsten visible through the screwed-down sapphire case back. 

 

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Japanese Movement Replica Hublot – Baselworld 2018 highlights

The case is water-resistant to 5 bar (roughly 50m), which can be good for the occasional immersion but not acceptable for swimming with. The caseback is made from micro-blasted black porcelain to avoid the bronze coming into contact with the wearer’s skin, and decorated with Eaton’s artwork of this Wall Street themed bull motif. Powering this watch is the HUB1143 movement, which will be a Hublot-branded ETA 2892-A2 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module. It includes 280 parts and 59 stones, oscillates at 28,800 A/h or 4Hz, and offers a 42 hour power reserve.These are two very different watches by Hublot, despite the unifying subject of “Fame” and “Fortune.” The vivid use of blues and reds to the art on each caseback indicates a frequent heritage of eye artwork artwork from the Hush and Tristan Eaton, but there the similarities end. The Hublot Watches Review Replica Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph East Coast Bronze is by far the more traditionally-styled of both, offering greater legibility a cleaner dialup, plus a rich gold tone which does a fantastic job of catching the “Fortune” design goal. For those with a keener interest in the motion, the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang West Coast Ceramic Black and White brings the excellent El Primero high-beat caliber to the table, Together with a more avant-garde layout strategy.

The Hublot booth that never fails, watches as innovative as the Big Bang Unico Red Magic or the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM that will be worn by the referees at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and of course, a wide range of VIPs such as Usain Bolt and Diego Maradona: Baselworld 2018 has lived up to Hublot’s Art of Fusion.

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Replica Watches Free Shipping Hublot – Football match at Baselworld

 

It was at the Mecca of the watch-making world—where Hublot Watches Dubai Mall Replica unveiled its Football watch dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World CupTM—that the Swiss watchmaker blew the whistle to start this special game held in this original location. The format for a legendary game bringing together stars from the world of football and Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, under coaches Diego Maradona and José Mourinho. 

Everything was in place, from the 4th official’s panel to the official FIFA World CupTM mascot, Zabivaka and the recently unveiled Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM watch that gave a live demonstration of its functions. Hublot’s smart technology gave international referee Nicola Rizzoli notifications from Goal Line Technology live throughout this Match of Friendship, just as it will during the 2018 FIFA World CupTM. According to protocol, the two teams exchanged pennants at the start of the game. Going beyond pure ritual, this was a symbol of a friendly game held under the banner of friendship.

Match de foot à Baselworld

A legendary match at Baselworld © Hublot

Maradona’s team : Tino Asprilla, Roberto Carlos, Hernan Crespo, Gianni Infantino, Christian Karembeu, Marco Materazzi, Gaizka Mendieta, Angelo Peruzzi, and David Trezeguet
José Mourinho’s team : Usain Bolt, Vitor Baía, Stéphane Chapuisat, Marcel Desailly, Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Patrick Kluivert, Richard Orlinski and Alexei Smertin.

Back into the Hublot HUB6311 motion, it is performed in Ruthenium-coated Anthracite, and Hublot also boasts of an “imperceptible” crystal over the cage that holds the top part of the tourbillon utilizing a bridge. I will need to wait to watch this in action carefully, but Hublot says the outcome is that the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon while providing the equilibrium of a tourbillon with two pivot points.The watch is 45mm wide but 14.8mm thick, that can be fairly sparse, thanks partially to the manual-winding movement. The crown is at 4 o’clock with the chronograph pusher over it which Hublot asserts is an ergonomic choice – though I can envision an errant digit or thumb hitting on the pusher unintentionally when adjusting the crown. That would be somewhat annoying, even if the movement weren’t sufficient to start the chronograph. But I’m just speculating and nitpicking here.The Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph is a dramatic but not gaudy tribute to Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, although we do not have pictures of the gold model still, the titanium and PEEK Carbon (that is carbon made with specially long fibers for durability) look utterly incredible to me. I’m a fairly big fan of Hublot, however I think even people who say some of their offerings are “too much” will probably have the ability to appreciate the design here. Obviously, that appreciation will be accomplished similarly to most admiration of Ferrari’s cars: by a distance. Coming in 70 pieces of each model, the ceramic version will be priced at $127,000, the carbon model at $137,000, and the King Gold version will cost $158,000. At Baselworld 2017, Hublot announced the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis, the latest chapter in their assortment of Manufacture Piece (MP) watches. Hublot made a compelling 3-sided sapphire crystal case that tapers at 6 o’clock especially to exhibit the dual rotation of the bi-axial tourbillon. Not merely the case was produced to set the bi-axial tourbillon front and center, the new movement was made with maximum visibility of the mechanism in your mind. So, yeah this Hublot is all about being seen and the result is a wristwatch that’s unlike any other.

At half-time, a freestyle football demonstration confirmed that anything can be done with a football: a performance from the “Freestyle Football” group, made up of 5 Polish football free stylers with incredible skills, presented an extract from their show that has already toured the world. At the end of the game, the spirit and contagious energy of football was kept alive with the Cuban hip hop of the group Orishas who set the pitch alight, before DJ Teddy-O—another friend of the brand—spun the decks to produce his mix for the evening.

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Replica Watches Essentials Hublot – Techframe continues its success story

Since 1953, designers, manufacturers and users have looked to iF as a seal of excellence, a testimony of quality, and a challenge to the competition. For users, it is a symbol of trust. A global recognized trademark for excellence in design.

For the Award 2018, the jury of this prestigious competitions was composed of 63 independent international experts reunited in Hamburg.

Designed by Ferrari, crafted by Hublot

The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is the result of a team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot. This new line in Hublot’s collections is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari’s DNA—combining strength, performance and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot Watches Hyderabad Replica watch manufacture. A perfect fusion of the automotive and watchmaking worlds.

This motion oscillates at 36,000 A/h or 5Hz, includes 278 components and 31 jewels, and provides a rather generous 50 hour power reserve. The watch comes with two straps, a black rubber and multicolored calf leather strap for a bolder vibe, or a black rubber and plain white alligator leather strap for something a little more restrained. The two feature white contrast stitching and a black porcelain deployant clasp. The caseback features Hush’s “Fame” artwork (hereafter known as Katinka Ingabogovinanana) that fills the caseback, alongside the text “SPECIAL EDITION” along with also the watch serial number denoted as “XX/50. “Moving to the “Fortune” timepiece, Tristan Eaton’s creation appears much more dim by contrast. This is a dual-register chronograph with a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and operating moments at 3 o’clock, which also includes Eaton’s signature as a stylized T-and-E insignia.A date aperture is visible at 6 o’clock in contrasting black with white ribbon, which stands out well against the brown-and-gold colour scheme of this dial. In 45mm by 13.05mm this is by no way a small watch, and combined with gold-plated hands and hour mark and also the gold-toned case it should stand out as an ostentatious indication of fortune.

The Ferrari Design Approach The Techframe was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes as that used to develop a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot Watches Johannesburg Replica movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight.

This motion oscillates at 36,000 A/h or 5Hz, features 278 components and 31 jewels, and provides a fairly generous 50 hour power reserve. Both feature white contrast stitching and a black ceramic deployant clasp. The caseback includes Hush’s “Fame” art (hereafter called Katinka Ingabogovinanana) that matches the caseback, along with the text “SPECIAL EDITION” and the watch serial number denoted as “XX/50. “Moving to the “Fortune” timepiece, Tristan Eaton’s production looks much more subdued by comparison. The Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph East Coast Bronze features a brushed, all-bronze situation with very similar styling to the Big Bang Bavaria introduced earlier this year, sans the Lederhosen strap. This is a dual-register chronograph using a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock and running moments at 3 o’clock, which also features Eaton’s signature as a stylized T-and-E insignia.A date aperture is observable at 6 o’clock in contrasting black with white font, which stands out well against the brown-and-gold color plot of the dial. At 45mm by 13.05mm this is by no way a small watch, and combined with gold-plated hands and hour mark and the gold-toned case it should stand out as a ostentatious sign of fortune.
Another nod to the club would be the Chelsea lion in gold in 12 o’clock. The implemented hour markers are rhodium-plated and full of white luminescent material. Likewise, the rhodium-plated hour and minute hands will also be filled with white luminescent material to help legibility in dimly-lit environments. The movement within is the grade HUB4100, that is actually based on an ETA 2894 or Sellita equal and fitted using a chronograph module. Obviously, an in-house Hublot Unico motion would have been preferred and would have made the watch more desirable, but the HUB4100 is a dependable mix and it does help keep the price down, if only a little. The movement is visible through the watch’s delicate display caseback on which a logo of the crest of the club is printed.Like last year’s Classic Fusion Chronograph Chelsea FC watch, this new Big Bang Chelsea FC watch was designed specifically for Chelsea fanatics. In comparison to last year’s version, this new watch comes in a color of blue which I believe is more true and faithful to the home colours of the club. The Hublot Big Bang Chelsea FC watch is limited to 200 pieces and can be priced at #13,000 (currently around $17,000).Each year in Munich, the steins are stuffed (and re-filled), and also the guys don their brief leather breeches to celebrate Oktoberfest. This season, Hublot combined the festivities by partnering with local tanner Meindl to make a clearly Bavarian incarnation of its popular Big Bang watch which has had so many variations resulting from various collaborations. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is your initial Big Bang to include a bronze case, and it seems as if the material was selected for its rustic colour and properties to match the hand-embroidered bull leather strap in the Bund style, evoking a link with the German region of Bavaria’s conventional garb.

Design Award

The Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph © Hublot

The dial is matte black with black employed markers and black luminescent paint, which is known for having a rather faint glow. The 7:00 mark is the only one that is Arabic and once again, set with black diamonds. Even the palms are, and I estimate the new, “satin-finished black plated hands with black luminescent.” The logic of using a black dial with black markers and black plated hands escapes me. The watch images nevertheless, make the palms appear to be brushed metal with no plating, which should enhance legibility in some light conditions.The instance of the Hublot Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition watches have been finished by stainless steel pushers and crown (black PVD naturally) along with a black (surprise) composite resin for those lugs. The situation checks in at 44mm broad by 14.6mm thick — nicely sized for people to observe the bling. Additionally, it is rated to 100m water resistance so that you can keep it on while you take a dip at the hotel pool.The Hublot Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition watches are limited runs — 21 bits for the all-ceramic instance (Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.LVB17), 1 bit only for the situation with baguette cut diamonds (Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.0900. 301. CI.1110. HR.1100. LVB17 and Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.1700. LVB17).
The partnership between Hublot and Ferrari is now about five years old, and the two will be celebrating Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary together with a brand new watch designed from the Italian carmaker with a fresh new Hublot movement too. For Baselworld 2017, the Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph watch honoring this 70th anniversary will probably arrive in three versions: King Gold, Titanium, and PEEK Carbon, every one of which will be a limited edition run of – you guessed it – 70 pieces.Hublot and Ferrari have done far more than many car and watch brand collaborations, therefore it’s not surprising that rather than slapping some decoration on an current piece, we see a completely brand new watch altogether. The architectural and bridged design of the watch is far from being over-the-top and overdesigned, and it is a relief. It’s aggressive where it needs to be without overcompensating, is lightweight and hard (at least when you consider the Titanium and carbon versions), and is also a testament to Hublot’s triumph of being a serious manufacture in both design and movements.The new HUB6311 manual-wind movement inside the Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph is made of 253 components and contains a 5-day power reserve. The chronograph is one pusher purpose for starting, stopping, and resetting the timer. It is an old-school object of fascination once it comes to timepieces, but I always love and revel in the discretion attracted by one pusher. I am not saying that the watch is near discreet, but the pusher is one of the few splashes of color we see here, aptly completed in P485 Ferrari red. The other red pushers you see from the lugs are for a simple strap shifting system, which is almost always a welcome feature.Looking just like a Star Wars helmet to get a cyborg, the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis watch isn’t for the faint of heart considering design and cost. But even as a bystander looking from afar, I almost would not have it any other way in regards to Hublot and their eccentric designs. They have demonstrated that they’re capable of thriving amid controversy while providing the sort of watches effective at stopping us right in our paths as we drone through our #dailywatch Instagram feeds. The Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis is priced at $169,000 in titanium, $211,000 at King Gold, and $190,000 for its titanium pavé version.
The 7:00 mark is the only one that’s Arabic and once more, set with diamonds. The watch graphics nevertheless, make the hands seem to be brushed alloy without plating, which should improve legibility in some light conditions.The case of the Hublot Watches Pre Owned Replica Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition watches have been completed with stainless steel pushers and crown (black PVD of course) and a black (surprise) composite resin for the lugs. The situation checks in at 44mm broad by 14.6mm thick — nicely sized for people to notice the bling. It’s also rated to 100m water resistance so you can keep it on while you take a dip in the hotel pool.The Hublot Big Bang Las Vegas Special Edition watches are restricted runs — 21 bits for the all-ceramic instance (Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.LVB17), 1 piece just for the situation with baguette cut diamonds (Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.0900. LVB17), and 7 pieces each for the remaining two (Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.1100. LVB17 and Ref. 301. CI.1110. HR.1700. LVB17). All watches come with an alligator strap and a rubber strap and pricing varies from $18,600 for the all-ceramic to $65,700 for its baguette diamond set case; $22,800 and $32,600 for the other versions, respectively.
This past Year, Hublot Watches Toronto Replica announced its partnership with Chelsea Football Club from the English Premier League. Along with that statement, they also unveiled the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Chelsea FC watch, which was the first watch created in cooperation with Chelsea and also the official opinion of this club. Now, a year after, Hublot and Chelsea have teamed up again for another view, and here it is, the Hublot Big Bang Chelsea FC.Football (or football, if you’re American) is among the world’s hottest and watched sports. Because of this, football has become an important marketing device for Hublot. It sports a 44mm satin-finished stainless steel case and a glowing blue bezel made from carbon fiber and Texalium. The bezel is held in place by Hublot’s distinct H-shaped screws, which are made from polished titanium. The crowns and chronograph pushers are all stainless steel and feature black rubber inserts. Lastly, the watch is water resistant to 100m and includes a rubber-lined blue alligator strap with white stitching.Like that the bezel, the dial is a bright sunray blue but is satin-finished. At 3 o’clock you have the 30-minute counter for your chronograph, and at 12 o’clock you have the 12-hour counter to get the chronograph.

The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o’clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o’clock. The sapphire dial reveals the cutting edge mechanics that it shelters, and an external raised section holds the timer. A matt black block designed by Ferrari, affixed to the sapphire holds a race-inspired twin half-second counter at 3 o’clock, the minutes counter at 11 o’clock and the column wheel at 1 o’clock—the brain controlling this sleek chronograph with tangential coupling.

Another nod to the club would be that the Chelsea lion in gold at 12 o’clock. The applied hour markers are rhodium-plated and full of white luminescent material. Likewise, the rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are also full of white luminescent material to aid legibility in dimly-lit environments. Completing the dial is a date window at 4:30. The movement within is the caliber HUB4100, that is actually based on an ETA 2894 or Sellita equivalent and fitted with a chronograph module. Evidently, an in-house Hublot Watches Red Replica Unico movement could have been chosen and would’ve made the watch more desired, but the HUB4100 is a dependable combination and it will help keep the cost down, if just a little. The motion is visible through the watch’s delicate display caseback where a symbol of the crest of this bar is printed.Like last year’s Classic Fusion Chronograph Chelsea FC watch, this new Big Bang Chelsea FC watch was designed specifically for Chelsea fanatics. Compared to last year’s model, this brand new watch comes in a color of blue that I believe is more accurate and faithful to the house colors of the club. The Hublot Big Bang Chelsea FC watch is limited to 200 bits and is priced at #13,000 (now around $17,000).Each year in Munich, the steins are filled (and re-filled), and also the guys don their short leather breeches to celebrate Oktoberfest. This season, Hublot combined the festivities by partnering with local tanner Meindl to make a clearly Bavarian incarnation of its popular Big Bang watch that has had so many variations resulting from various collaborations. The Hublot Big Bang Bavaria is your first Big Bang to feature a bronze instance, and it seems as though the material was chosen for its rustic color and properties to coincide with the hand-embroidered deer leather strap in the Bund style, evoking a link with the Italian region of Bavaria’s traditional garb.

Under the bonnet of this thoroughbred

The Tourbillon Chronograph is driven by a movement that was designed and developed by Hublot: the new HUB6311 calibre with manual winding—253 components—offers 5 days of power reserve. The single-button chronograph—one button for the start-stop-reset functions—that is considered as the best of the best by specialists, is handled by an original lever in Ferrari red anodised aluminium. Treated with ruthenium anthracite, this finely tuned “engine” also stands out by its imposing tourbillon that is visible on the dial. Thanks to an ingenious construction principle, this innovative mechanism offers both the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. This double advantage is made possible by a sapphire crystal, which is practically invisible, placed above the cage that rotates once a minute and holds the upper part of the tourbillon using a bridge.

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Baselworld 2018: Arnold & Son Globetrotter Watch


By Carl Scutt

It may come as some surprise to our readers that being a Brit comes with a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, I know we as a nation have a rich history, but recent political events have really taken the shine off being British.

There are, however, reasons to feel a sense of pride when this small island nation can stand up to proclaim themselves master watchmakers. Not only are there Christopher Ward and Bremont, but today I want to pull on your coat about Arnold & Son, the historic British brand.

Originally a true British brand Arnold & Son are now part of the Citizen group but that’s just modern economics at the end of the day. Being part of the Citizen group doesn’t detract from the historical routes or the engineering, if anything, it cements the brand’s place in an ever more challenging marketplace.

New Ideas

Arnold & Son have always been seen as a maker of complications and the re-imagining of the Globetrotter is no exception, with its interpretation of the World Time function.

Looking at the new Globetrotter the first thing you will notice is the four-legged bridge reaching from the 3 and 9 o’clock position, spanning the exquisitely detailed 3D globe, produced from a thin brass plate with etched detail. From behind the globe, two hands of blued-steel with red lacquer provide hour and minute markers and a sapphire disk arcs over the globe to provide 24 scale.

Turning the piece over the full view of the magnificent movement is given through a full case back window. From here the wearer can appreciate the design and beauty of this movement that is as much art as it is engineering

The Power House

The caliber running at the heart of the Globetrotter is the in-house Caliber A&S6022, a fine example of an Haute Horlogerie, with hand-chamfered bridges, polished edges, and fine circular graining plus Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The dial plate NAC treated with large circular finishing, satin-finished wheels and screws, together with bevelled polished heads. Notice the rotor is also NAC grey treated, skeletonized with brushed surfaces and hobnail pattern to complete the assembly.

The Details

The case is a 45mm stainless steel equipped with anti-glare coated scratch resistant sapphire both front and back while still offering a 30 meters water resistance, which no mean feat. The functions are adjusted by the single winding crown from this movement operating at 4Hz (28.800vph) and offering 45 hours of power reserve.

All this can be yours for a modest MSRP is 14,900 CHF. For more info, visit Arnold & Son online.

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Arnold & Son UTTE Watch Hands-On


By Osheen Arakelian

Arnold & Son recently unveiled 2 new beautiful timepieces to compliment the already impressive Instrument Collection range. Aptly named the Arnold & Son UTTE that stands for ultra-thin tourbillon escapement, the new editions have become some of the world’s thinnest wristwatches measuring in at an incredibly thin 8.34mm in overall size (and that includes the movement and tourbillon escapement, simply breathtaking). We were lucky enough to get hands on with the 18ct red gold variant for you viewing pleasure but before any wristshots here’s some more in depth detail of what the new Arnold & Son UTTE offers to the world of horology.

The Instrument collection by Arnold & Son is identified by its unique features including the off centre dial design, with off-centre positioning of the hours and minutes allowing the display of any other complications to be shown off without having any overlap. What this does is enhance the various complications and show off their amazing engineering on the dial without massive amounts of clutter and overlap. The UTTE follows this aesthetic with the tourbillon escapement occupying the lower half of the dial with the hours and minutes display sitting comfortably above in the top half of the dial.

Another wonderful feature of the UTTE is the size of the Tourbillon cage, which measures in at a whopping 14mm in diameter. What houses the Tourbillon movement is the exclusive Arnold & Son A&S8200, one minute flying tourbillon hand wound movement. The movement itself is only 2.97mm thick and has 2 different finishes depending on what colour is chosen, 18ct red gold or palladium in order to compliment the case perfectly. Another ingenious design feature is how the Tourbillon cage is built and positioned sitting not in the movement itself but rather higher on the dial almost flush with the hours and minutes markets. With only one visible screw thanks to the great engineering of the white coats at Arnold & Son, the timepiece not only has a great 3D effect but also looks unbelievably clean and gentle on the eyes.

The caseback is also beautifully presented with this particular variant housing a rhodium finished movement with gold accents and decorated with Côtes de Genève rayonnants. The Tourbillon Bridge is also decorated with hand engraving by the master engraver at Arnold & Son (A real treat on the eyes).

On the wrist it feels amazingly light and definitely draws a lot of attention especially with the way the Tourbillon dances inside the cage and stands out thanks to the positioning. It’s very comfortable and also form fit on the wrist and even though the case is 42mm in diameter it doesn’t feel big and overstated. Everything is clearly legible and beautifully presented making it a real treat to wear.

Fun Fact

The visionary UTTE is the perfect embodiment of a tourbillon escapement – a Haute Horlogerie complication that played a crucial role in Arnold & Son’s History. An exceptional watchmaker, John Arnold was an active participant in one of the most extraordinary partnerships in the world of innovative horology. Indeed, both he and Abraham-Louis Breguet worked closely together, sharing both their knowledge and passion. Evidence of their partnership is A.-L. Breguet’s first-ever tourbillon escapement mounted in John Arnold’s No.11 movement – a watch that can be found today in London’s British Museum.

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For more info, please visit arnoldandson.com

Product Specifications

Caliber

  • A&S8200 – Exclusive Arnold & Son ultra-thin tourbillon movement, one-minute flying tourbillon, hand-wound, 29 jewels, diameter 32 mm, thickness 2.97 mm, tourbillon cage diameter 14mm, power reserve over 90 h,
  • 21,600 vibrations/h
  • hours, minutes, tourbillon

18-carat red gold case model

  • nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: unique hand-engraved tourbillon bridge, hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels with hand-chamfered and polished edges, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Tourbillon cage: satin-finish with chamfered and polished edges.

Palladium case model

  • nickel-silver movement, NAC grey treated with Haute Horlogerie
    finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève, circular satin-finished wheels with hand-chamfered and polished edges, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Tourbillon cage: satin-finish with chamfered and polished edges.

Dial

  • silvery-white and silvery opaline / light-grey and silvery opaline

Case

  • 18-carat red gold / palladium, diameter 42 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water- resistant to 30 m

Strap

  • hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather
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Osheen Arakelian – Contributing Editor

Drawing on a lifelong love of horology and a more recent introduction to appreciation of fine whisky, Osheen brought the two together with watch & whisky. He is proprietor of the site, which covers everything related to watches and whisky. In between completing a degree in commercial law and supporting a rich social life, he is out and about attending all the latest watch and whisky events Sydney has to offer. His passion has also taken him around Australia attending a number of events and he hopes to continue his career in the watch industry on a more serious level after he graduates. Read his articles here.

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Only Watch 2017: Arnold & Son Time Pyramid

I’m aware that I’m assuming a lot. After all, you are on a website dedicated to wristwatches, but most watch geeks might struggle with the name. “Arnold… Arnold… isn’t he an ambassador for Baume & Mercier? No, is he the new watchmaker at Mont Blanc?”, or something like that. This is a crying shame as John Arnold was as influential as A.L. Breguet to the world of watchmaking. His achievements are not touted by the majority of Swiss watch historians who prefer to focus on their own countrymen’s achievements, at the expense of foreign watchmakers like Arnold (and Graham, Tompion,  etc). So here’s a quick list of Arnold’s accomplishments: He was the first watchmaker to use the term chronometer as we know it today and he invented the overcoil balance spring and the detached escapement. When one of his chronometers was tested at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, it had an error of just 2 minutes and 32.2 seconds over 13 months. That’s almost what modern COSC rated chronometers have to be accurate to over a month.

Arnold died in 1799 but his legacy of watchmaking was revived in 1995 by The British Masters brand. This was a Swiss company who breathed life into old watchmakers names, including Graham 1695 and the modern Arnold & Son. Arnold & Son focus on haute horlogerie whose watch movements have been entirely in-house since 2010. These are no ordinary in-house movements either. These are true-beat retrogrades, ultra-thin tourbillons and, in the case the Time Pyramid, double barrel skeleton movements. For a brand that is so young (and old at the same time), this is a huge achievement that rivals anything from older (but also younger ) brands.

The Time Pyramid is Arnold & Son’s entry into the Only Watch Charity Auction and is one of the most interesting pieces available.

The 44.6mm, stainless steel case has been DLC treated to have a black finish. This large case circles a domed sapphire crystal that showcases the skeleton movement. Skeleton movements and dials have fascinated and perplexed me in equal measure for many years now. Technically speaking, they are an amazing achievement. The amount of work needed to make a functional caliber that also is aesthetically pleasing is vast and not lost on me, but I’ve yet to find a skeleton watch I truly love. Most seem to fail at the intended purpose of a watch, to tell time, as the hands and hour markers get lost amidst the movement and crystal. It’s the anti-thesis of the purpose-built tool watches of the 1950s and 1960s that I love so much. But like many other Only Watch watches, the Time Pyramid shows that functionality doesn’t always have to be at the forefront of a watchmakers mind. Rather than use the entire space, Arnold & Son have placed the dial in a small subsection of the watch and have used a high contrast red for the hands and hour markers. This red not only is eye-catching, but it is the color of the Principality of Monaco, whose Prince is a Patron of Only Watch.

The Caliber A&S1615 has hand-chamfered bridges, that have also been black DLC coated, with two power reserve gauges visible on the dial. These two gauges are linked to the two barrels that power the watch. The first barrel transfers energy into the second barrel as needed, so throughout the day, you’ll see the power reserve of the first gauge go down whilst the second goes up. This arrangement of barrels allows for a more constant torque to the gear train to be delivered, allowing for a more accurate watch. The Time Pyramid has its gear train arranged linearly, running from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock where the two barrels sit on either side to create the titular pyramid shape. This is an excellent skeleton design as the empty space at the top left and right are used for the power reserve and are uncluttered by the movement beneath.

It may be world’s (and several centuries) apart from the watches of the original John Arnold, but the Time Pyramid is a watch worthy of his legacy.

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Arnold & Son DSTB Ref. 1ATAW.L04A.C121W Watch – White Gold Case with Domed and White Lacquered Sapphire Dial


By Jovan Krstevski

Looks like we are going to have a white gold limited edition DTSB featuring the outstanding craftsmanship of Arnold & Son. To the uninitiated, the DTSB (Dial Side True Beat) features an exhibition movement that is solely used on chronometers. What I am excited for are the price points of these mechanical timepieces which are astonishingly low. Remember that John Arnold and his son were the pioneers of reasonably priced chronometers which are undoubtedly made with technical superiority which practically solves the problem of determining longitude at sea.

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Okay so let us go over the case design before anything else particularly the stunning true beat’s seconds mechanism on the very front face of the watch. The 43.5 mm 18 k white gold case looks pretty neat and rather subtle for a complicated watch. Although it does look larger at that size but then we are talking about a chronometer with an outstanding design. I just love the bezel and the crown, very well made and so clean. Plus the lugs hug the case as if you don’t notice it at all. That is perfect since you don’t want any excess attention to the eye candy which is central on the dial through the cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides which also protects the exhibition caseback.

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So that brings us to the domed dial with white lacquered accents for the hour readings which makes up 50 percent of the dial real estate. The rest goes to the true beat’s seconds mechanism presented entirely on the dial complete with the hands, the lever, the wheels and the three palladium-treated true beat seconds bridges. True to its heritage, the true beat seconds lever is shaped like an anchor bowing to Arnold’s maritime achievements. The watch practically demonstrated its rich British history and quality Swiss craftsmanship. Personally, I find the three-dimensional dial to be complicated enough yet remains practical. Remember that there is an interplay of intricate mechanisms playing along on the dial which is pretty much very exciting to say the least.

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Nonetheless, power is provided by an in-house calibre A&S6003. The movement is self-winding and consists of 229 moving parts. The Arnold & Son DNA is everywhere on the movement such as the featured Haute Horlogerie finishing with hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges. It also boasts of polished edges and fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. I am also amused of the visible blue PVD treated dial plate sporting screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. And if it is not enough, turn the watch over and just look through the magnificent caseback and admire the solid 22-carat red gold guilloché oscillating weight sporting the company’s branding.

Perhaps what makes this timepiece really incredible is its numbers. There will be 125 pieces to be built and judging from that number, it is really limited. Besides you get to wear this on hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather. Also, if you are wondering if this chronometer is up to the test, well it is and pretty much it is water resistant up to 30 m.

For more info, please visit arnoldandson.com

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JOVAN KRSTEVSKI – FOUNDER, PROPRIETOR & EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’  His passion jump started in his early teens when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. Read his articles here

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Arnold & Son Unveils the Golden Wheel: World’s First Wandering Hours and True Beat Seconds Watch


By Osheen Arakelian

With a rich British watchmaking heritage that dates back to the 18th century, Arnold & Son masterfully reinterprets history with a visionary eye to the future. Underscoring its watchmaking prowess, Arnold & Son regularly unveils complicated watches with a unique twist. The patented Golden Wheel deftly reflects the brands ingenuity and commitment to Haute Horlogerie. 

The Golden Wheel presented by Arnold & Son at Baselworld 2015 is a beautiful interpretation of the ancient wandering hours complication in a three dimensional format. It has roots dating back to the mid 17th century with the first implementation being produced for pocket watches around the 18th century. Many have argued on its original birthplace with some believing it to have originated in England. So it was only right that Arnold & Son to take up the mantle and reinterpret this beautiful complication. The Golden Wheel is the first ever watch to feature both wandering hours and a true beat seconds function together in the one timepiece. It is part of the Instrument Collection, which pays tribute to the timepieces focused on chronometry, which were developed in the second half of John Arnold’s life (The founder of Arnold & Son). It has been three long gruelling years in the making, from concept to development and the challenge was met during multiple stages of both design and development.

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Centred around a 44mm 18-carat red gold case, the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel features a cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and also has a see-through sapphire case back for full view of the movement. The dial has a silver sheen with white mother of pearl. The wandering hours function takes up the upper portion of the dial between 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.

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Just underneath, beats the beautiful time-carrousel of the Golden Wheel, the standout feature of the piece. It is both a complicated and absolutely stunning motion that performs a ballet from the center axis. The true beat seconds, or as it is also referred to, the dead beat seconds, is a very precise function that enables the seconds to beat incrementally as opposed to the sweeping motion seen in most mechanical watches. This function allows for more accuracy when reading the time during the course of the day and is a speciality of Arnold & Son.

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Breakdown of the A&S6018 movement.

The Golden Wheel houses the A&S6018 mechanical self-winding movement with 29 jewels and has a total of 232 component parts all working together and beating at a steady 28,800 vibrations per hour. In true Arnold & Son fashion, the movement has been detailed in great detail and beauty. The movement has been treated in palladium and is decorated with hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining, Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels and blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. The oscillating weight has also been skeletonised with brushed surfaces and also treated with palladium.

Finished off with a hand-stitched brown or black alligator strap, the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel is limited to just 125 pieces. For more info, please visit arnoldandson.com

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OSHEEN ARAKELIAN – CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Drawing on a lifelong love of horology and a more recent introduction to appreciation of fine whisky, Osheen brought the two together with watch & whisky. He is proprietor of the site, which covers everything related to watches and whisky. In between completing a degree in commercial law and supporting a rich social life, he is out and about attending all the latest watch and whisky events Sydney has to offer. His passion has also taken him around Australia attending a number of events and he hopes to continue his career in the watch industry on a more serious level after he graduates. Read his articles here.

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Arnold & Son UTTE


Arnold & Son – UTTE

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Arnold & Son releases world’s thinnest tourbillon watch and demonstrates the brand’s technical prowess

In a move that boldly underscores its watchmaking prowess and defines its inventive British heritage, Arnold & Son unveils a record-breaking watch: the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch on the market today – with the final cased watch measuring a mere 8.34 mm thick. The new UTTE (referencing the Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement) is equipped with the A&S8200 movement that measures just 2.97 mm thick. This new calibre A&S8200 was developed, designed and manufactured entirely in house at the brand’s La Chaux-de-Fonds workshops. This superbly engineered wristwatch is part of the brand’s Instrument Collection that combines instrument precision with classical styling.

The UTTE is a masterful demonstration of elegant design and superb technical prowess. The A&S8200 movement – and the ultimate UTTE watch – is the result of several years of research and development, and boasts important features and functions, including a double barrel that makes it possible to offer 80 hours of power reserve. In fact, when the brand embarked on the creation of an additional tourbillon, Arnold & Son’s team of watchmakers and engineers determined that the end result should possess unique features that would set it apart in the watch world. Utilizing the most cutting-edge technology, Arnold & Son pushed the creative envelop to achieve this goal – thus developing a record-setting timepiece. The UTTE is the thinnest tourbillon wristwatch on the market today – with the case thickness at 8.34 mm and a movement that is just 2.97 mm thick. Additionally, while the movement diameter is 32 mm, the tourbillon cage is a massive 14 mm in diameter – thus occupying almost half of the movement space for impressive clarity. To ensure a long power reserve of at least 80 hours, the brand implemented two barrels to offer more constant force and unprecedented power reserve for an ultra-thin tourbillon.

Finally, to add further dramatic beauty to this already impressive watch, Arnold & Son created a totally spherical tourbillon cage – one devoid of any flat surfaces – for a magnificent three-dimensional aesthetic effect. In fact, the flying tourbillon cage is not inset into the calibre, but instead rises out of the movement, through the dial, and achieves the same height as the hour and minute hands. With an eye toward every detail, and the desire for harmonious appeal, the watchmakers removed all visible screws so the spherical tourbillon cage appears beautifully balanced. The only visible screws are on the regulator. In typical Arnold & Son style, the exquisite movement is crafted in nickel-silver, and all components are hand chamfered, polished and decorated.

The UTTE is part of Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection, wherein timepieces are easily identified by their dial design, with off-center position of the hours and minutes to allow for the display of other complications without one overlapping the other. The new UTTE follows this design aesthetic, with the spherical tourbillon occupying the lower portion of the dial. The alluring, timeless lines of the stepped case, which tapers from the top to the bottom, imbue this watch with an austere elegance. Two distinct models, with superbly different dial designs, each with a 42 mm diameter case – the first such size in the Instrument Collection.

UTTE is created in either 18-carat red gold or palladium (a rare alloy in the watch world). Each movement is finished in a color to complement the case color, and each features a different Côtes de Genève pattern. The 18-carat red gold case watch houses the movement treated in rhodium and decorated with Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The tourbillon bridge of the 18-carat red gold UTTE is entirely hand-engraved by Arnold & Son’s master engraver. The palladium UTTE version houses a grey NAC treated movement decorated with a straight Côtes de Genève pattern for a bold, contemporary appeal. Because of the amount of time it takes Arnold & Son’s vigilant watchmakers to build each one individually by hand, production is limited to just 50 timepieces of each of the two models.

The visionary UTTE is the perfect embodiment of a tourbillon escapement – a Haute Horlogerie complication that played a crucial role in Arnold & Son’s History. An exceptional watchmaker, John Arnold was an active participant in one of the most extraordinary partnerships in the world of innovative horology. Indeed, both he and Abraham-Louis Breguet worked closely together, sharing both their knowledge and passion. Evidence of their partnership is A.-L. Breguet’s first-ever tourbillon escapement mounted in John Arnold’s No.11 movement – a watch that can be found today in London’s British Museum.

John Arnold and A.-L. Breguet, silver cased chronometer with tourbillon and spring-detent escapement,
London, England, 1774 and Paris, France, 1808

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Technical Specifications

Calibre: A&S8200
Exclusive Arnold & Son ultra-thin mechanical movement, one-minute flying tourbillon, hand-wound, 29 jewels, diameter 32 mm, thickness 2.97 mm, tourbillon cage diameter 14mm, power reserve over 80 h, 21’600 vibrations/h

Functions: hours, minutes, tourbillon

Movement decoration: 18-carat red gold case model:
nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: unique hand-engraved tourbillon bridge, manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Tourbillon cage: satin-finish with chamfered and polished edges.

Movement decoration: palladium case model:
nickel-silver movement, NAC grey treated with Haute Horlogerie
finishing: manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Tourbillon cage: satin-finish with chamfered and polished edges.

Dial colours: silvery-white Côtes de Genève rayonnates and silvery opaline / light-grey Côtes de Genève and silvery opaline

Case: 18-carat red gold / palladium, diameter 42 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap: hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

Limited edition: 50 timepieces per reference

References:

1UTAR.S01A.C120A 18-carat red gold case, silvery-white Côtes de Genève rayonnates dial
1UTAG.S03A.C121G palladium case, light-grey Côtes de Genève dial

 

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