Photo Report: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Collection (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on May 22, 2014
A month before Baselworld, I presented the Royal TEC1 Tourbillon ChronographWatches: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph in red gold that Arnold & Son unveiled as part of its pre-Basel releases. As always with the brand, the timepiece seemed absolutely outstanding but with only two official pictures of the front, no views of the movement side and the knowledge that two more versions would be available but only unveiled during the fair, we were left a little dissatisfied and very anxious to discover these watches first-hand in Basel.
In addition to the magnificent Red Gold version with an anthracite dial and brown alligator strap that that served as a pre-basel teaser, Arnold & Son introduced a Palladium model with a silvery white dial and black alligator strap as well as the 250th Anniversary Red Gold edition limited to 28 pieces with a stunning blue lacquered guilloché dial and brown alligator strap.
We have been able to handle all three iterations at Baselworld and, as promised in my initial article, we made plenty of photographs to let you see how beautiful and exquisitely well-crafted they all are. Although I encourage you to read my introductory articleWatches: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph to find out more about this Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph collection, let me remind you of some of its more striking characteristics in this brief post.
Part of the Royal Collection, these 45 mm column-wheel chronograph timepieces showcase many design elements that are faithful to the brand’s history and its British heritage: the elegant round case with a mixture of polished and brushed surfaces, the characteristic chronograph pushers and fluted crown embossed with the brand’s logo or the facetted sword-shaped hands and diamond-shaped hour markers.
Aesthetically, all models are also characterised by the oversized aperture that occupies the top portion of the dial between 10 and 2 o’clock and offers an uncluttered view of the tourbillon escapement of the self-winding in-house A&S8305 calibre. As customary with the brand, this high-end movement has been meticulously finished and the view from the case back is as impressive as the view from the dial side.
All three versions are absolutely magnificent and the same amount of care has been placed in the realisation of these three dials. With very different renderings, they are all extremely elegant and captivating to look at. One thing is certain: I would have a hard time picking a favourite.
I hope you enjoy our live pictures of this model and I will come back soon on this amazing brand with other fascinating models.