Arnold & Son TES Blue Tourbillon
Arnold & Son timepieces are inspired by great British watchmaking heritage, in particular the work of 18th century master horologers John Arnold and George Graham. In recent years, the brand has released a series of superb watches, all paying homage to time-honoured tradition, while updating it for the modern watch market. The TES Blue Tourbillon, part of the brand’s Royal Collection, is staying true to this ethos.
The watch features an ‘inverted’ movement, in that many of the components of the calibre are visible on the dial side—most prominently, the beautiful tourbillon just above 6 o’clock. A traditionally wave-shaped barrel bridge is visible in the upper half of the dial, recreated in sapphire to allow a greater view of the workings of the calibre A&S8100 that powers the piece. Created in-house by Arnold & Son craftsmen, the movement beats at 21,600vph and offers a reserve of power of up to 80 hours.
The open-worked design of the vibrantly blue dial gives the watch a refreshingly modern and multi-dimensional appearance, while the watch’s finishing echoes English heritage. The main plate features an intricate guilloché pattern, and hand-chamfered bridges and wheels perfectly exemplify the devotion that Arnold & Son puts into every piece of its collection.