Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I In A Nutshell
There are key moments in life that leave a mark. There are also key moments in one’s horological journey that leave a long lasting impression. The beauty of this industry is that no one can truly say they have seen it all. One can come close, but not close enough to light the cigar. And it is in this wondrous stage of influx where I can at anytime discover a novelty that’s truly novel I find solace. So when the new Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I was introduced to us and we could see it in a three-dimensional aspect rather than simply as 2D pictures, it awakened that shortly dormant part of me that likes to fall in love on first sight with watches.
My first reaction to the new Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I was perhaps to gawk with my mouth opens and eyes wide spread (and my apologies to the both Ms Dimitra and Mr David from Arnold and Son for perhaps looking somewhat insane judging by my wife’s elbow to my ribs). The clincher here is, that it’s not technically even a men’s watch. The brand describes it as “its first watch designed, created, embellished and powered for women”. But damn it, it’s a stellar moonphase complication timepiece that draws you in with its glittering sensuality and leaves you gasping for more.
Basic Specs of The New Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I
The new Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I features a 30m water-resistant 358m diameter and 10.4mm thick 18-carat white gold, set with 90 brilliant-cut diamonds (on the bezel and the lugs). The case frames the star of the show, where the blue-tinted mother-of-pearl acts as the night sky on which the hand-painted constellations and (two) ruthenium crystal disc moons dance to the tune of the passing time. This base is topped by an aventurine cut-out lace crystal that is encrusted with white mother-of-pearl and blue-tinted mother-of-pearl and set with 35 brilliant-cut diamonds, 3 pear-cut diamonds, 4 brilliant-cut pink sapphires and 8 pear-cut blue sapphires.
Just when you think this is it, finally being able to tear yourself away from it, the beautifully decorated movement pulls you right back. The new Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I makes use of the manual-winding manufacture calibre A&S1612, that has been specifically redesigned to fit inside a smaller case from the brand’s A&S1512 manufacture caliber that’s found in similar watches like the Perpetual Moon Obsidian.
I also appreciate that this 30 x 4.95mm movement retains the A&S1512’s impressive 90-hour power reserve. It still beats at the low frequency of 3Hz, but reduces the jewels used from 27 to 24. Both movements accomodate for the the moon phase display to remain accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by one day.
“With its 38 mm white-gold case, gem-setting and aesthetics, the Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I ushers in a new chapter for women at Arnold & Son. Under a large precision moon, and featuring a new movement adapted to its dimensions, this watch oozes refinement and delicacy. Each of the eighteen timepieces released has been forged like a sculpture of time”.Press Release
Retailing for 77’900 CHF, the limited edition of 18-pieces only ref. 1GLMW.Z01A.C205A is announced as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon).
The new Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I is for those select lucky ladies who would simply like to have the beauty of the night sky transferred on their wrists, to take that magic wherever they may choose to go.
To find out more about the new Arnold and Son Perpetual Moon 38 Eclipse I and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise specified are © 2022 – Arnold & Son. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.