Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ARNOLD & SON – Royal Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Edition

ARNOLD & SONRoyal Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Limited Edition

Royal Collection 

Introducing the Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36, a modern tribute to the historical high-precision chronometers made by John Arnold.

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Symmetry and skeletonization are two traits that should come to mind whenever Arnold & Son is mentioned, and the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 is certainly no exception. Drawing inspiration from the John Arnold pocket chronometer No. 1/36, which will mark its 240th anniversary in 2018, the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 is a commemorative creation leading up to the milestone year for the historically significant John Arnold chronometer.

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The John Arnold Chronometer No. 1/36 or “Arnold 36” as it is more commonly called was not only the first pocket watch by John Arnold to use a larger movement with his “T” balance, but also the first to be referred to as a “chronometer” for its superior timekeeping capabilities. In this respect, the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 is faithful, contemporary horological homage.

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Following the classical codes of traditional English chronometer movements, the main pivoting elements such as the wheels, barrels, the tourbillon, and others are each mounted on their own bridge. The triangular, multilevel bridges (no less than thirteen) are mostly skeletonized, providing a more contemporary sense of three-dimensional depth to the entire timepiece.

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The tourbillon, a central element of this timepiece, is highlighted in a most magnificent manner. Held by a skeletonized and mirror-polished top bridge, the one-minute tourbillon features a typically Arnold & Son three-spoke design. Weighing mere fractions of a gram, the tourbillon cage consists of no less than 58 components. Prominently positioned on the dial side, the tourbillon can also be viewed from the back, thanks to an opening in the main plate. The same kind of opening is made below the small seconds display, adding to the symmetry of the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36.

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The apparent technical virtuosity of the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 is not only a treat for the eyes, as the watch is a COSC certified chronometer; something of a rare achievement for a tourbillon-equipped timepiece.

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The decorative haute horlogerie arts are also lavishly demonstrated in the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36. The entirely in-house conceived and manufactured A&S8600 calibre features a smooth sand-blasted main plate and bridges with chamfered and polished edges.

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 The main plate and bridges are treated with a golden coating, echoing the aesthetics of the historical pocket watches made by John Arnold. The main plate also is set with several mirror-polished 18k gold chatons, while the wheels in the gear train are embellished with circular satin finishing with chamfered and polished edges. Even the screws are beveled and feature with mirror-polished heads.

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The heart of the watch, the tourbillon, features a traditional construction with a top bridge, while the mirror-polished cage has the signature Arnold & Son three-spoke design, making a complete turn in 60 seconds.

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The double barrels, embellished with laser-engraving decoration, provide a considerable power reserve of 90 hours when fully wound.

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The Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 is available in red gold as well as stainless steel, limited to 28 examples in each version.

Technical characteristics:

Model: Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36

Red gold:
Stainless steel:

Manufacture Arnold & Son calibre, hand-wound, 33 jewels,
diameter 37.8 mm, thickness 5.9 mm, power reserve 90 h,
double barrel, 4 Hz / 28’800, COSC certified
Functions:    Hours, minutes, small seconds, tourbillon
Movement decoration: 
Nickel-silver and steel movement, 5N red gold treated bridges and
main plate with Haute Horlogerie finishing: sand blasted bridges with
chamfered and polished edges, 18k gold chatons, screws with bevelled
and mirror-polished heads
Tourbillon cage:
mirror-polished with hand-chamfered polished edges and circular satin-finished surfaces
Dial:    Inner bezel NAC treated with rhodium indexes
18-karat red gold or stainless steel, diameter 46 mm,
cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides,
see-through sapphire case back,
Water-resistant to 30 m
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather

Limited edition  28 timepieces in each version

Recommended Retail Prices:
Red gold case, CHF 52’800 (VAT excl.)
Stainless steel case, CHF 34’900 (VAT excl.)

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In collaboration with the David Bowie Estate, RAYMOND WEIL pays homage to legendary musician – David Bowie. The Limited Edition freelancer “David Bowie”, is a tribute to the life and musical career of one of the most influential artists of all time.

Created to celebrate what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday, this timepiece is dedicated to a few of the many personas created by David Bowie, an artist with unparalleled creativity, a singular visionary, a man of a thousand faces and voices. Bowie's boundless talent and fearless innovation shone through his final masterpiece, , released last year to some of the best critical notices of his distinguished career and winning five Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards in 2017.

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To celebrate the immortal David Bowie, RAYMOND WEIL has chosen its most free-spirited model – freelancer. Its 42 mm diameter case contains a dial resembling a vinyl record clearly featuring some of the most emblematic design cues of the British artist.

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Amongst the key design features, the lightning bolt painted across his face that first appeared on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album in 1973. The instantly distinctive mark universally recognized, the stylized lightning bolt is featured in red at 12 o’clock.

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 The pop art logo designed by Andy Warhol especially for David Bowie and revealed on the cover of the album Diamond Dogs in 1974 makes its mark on the dial of the David Bowie Limited Edition.

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Produced in a 3,000-piece limited, numbered series, the freelancerDavid Bowie” beats to the tempo of a mechanical self-winding movement that appears beneath a portrait of David Bowie, immortalized in 1974 by famous photographer of legends, Terry O’Neill. A photograph printed on the sapphire of the watch’s case-back, from which this artist in his own league challenges the world with his atypical, magnetic gaze.

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“He was an artist in a league of his own, a visionary, multi-faceted icon whose work is testimony to an exceptional career as a musician and a creative. His metamorphoses both in terms of style and music studded his career, catapulting both himself and his characters to legendary status. He embodies the free spirit that has guided RAYMOND WEIL day after day since it was created” declared Elie Bernheim, CEO RAYMOND WEIL

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“I’ve always felt that there was a real synergy behind great timepieces and photography. The precision of keeping time is akin to a photographer needing to know the exact moment to capture an iconic image. As a watch collector myself, this RAYMOND WEIL collaboration is a wonderful project to be affiliated with. Their watches are a thing of beauty. I’m thrilled they’ve selected to pay tribute to David Bowie in such a way and I’m honored to be a part of it.” Terry O’Neill

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Collection: FREELANCER

Model: “David BowieEdition

Ref. 2731-STC-BOW01

Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre RW4200
Power-Reserve:  38 hours
Jewels:  26
Functions: Central hours, minutes and seconds
Round – Steel
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Thickness: 10.5 mm
Crown: Steel – screwed and fluted with RW monogram
Crystal:  Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back:  Screw down, with sapphire crystal featuring the portrait of David Bowie and Limited Edition engraving
Water resistance:  10 ATM
Black galvanic circular satin-brushed with red lightning bolt at 12o’clock and red pop art Bowie logo designed by Andy Warhol
Hands: Steel type, barrel-shaped, enhanced with white Super-Luminova®
Black calf leather strap with red stitching.
Folding RW steel clasp, double push-button security system

Limited Edition of 3,000 pieces

Press Release - 2017
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