Watches: Arnold and Son TES Tourbillon (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on June 30, 2014

For all the amateurs of Haute Horlogerie, the release of a new Arnold & Son timepiece is always a special moment. In just a few years, the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based manufacture has managed to climb to the top of the Fine Watchmaking ladder thanks to outstanding designs inspired by its English heritage, superlative finishing, and unique movement constructions revealing the extraordinary beauty of the mechanical parts that form a high-end timepiece.

Motivated by the celebration of its 250th anniversary, the brand introduced some amazing creations at Baselworld 2014 and the readers of Watch Agora have already discovered most of them with our live pictures from the fair: the mesmerizing Chronograph True BeatWatches: Arnold & Son Chronograph True Beat with two hands progressing at different jumping intervals, the intriguing Dial Side True BeatWatches: Arnold & Son Dial Side True Beat (live pics) with the entire true beat mechanism placed on the dial side, the splendid Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual TimeWatches: Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time (+live pics) offering a lesson in symmetry or the new Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph CollectionPhoto Report: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Collection (+live pics) proving how a different dial can entirely change a watch.

Most brands would only dream of offering such an incredible display of creativity in a single year but the British-born brand is not used to rest on its laurels: following the extraordinary Basel introductions, they are now unveiling the TES Tourbillon, an entirely new take on the TE8 Tourbillon presented in 2012 and released in a Métiers d'Art version last year.

The watch is equipped with the manually-wound A&S8100 calibre beating at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hours and offering 80 hours of power reserve. Unlike most conventional tourbillon calibres, this exclusive movement presents an “inverted” structure: all the technical elements of the escapement are placed on the dial side and not hidden on the back to enhance the visual appeal of the watch.

Like other models introduced recently by the brand, the TES Tourbillon placed the emphasis on transparency: the wave-shaped rose gold barrel bridge of the TE8 Tourbillon is now replaced by a sapphire bridge allowing maximum view on the openwork barrel. The anthracite mainplate with a beautiful guilloché pattern also holds several skeletonized rose gold bridges and apparent wheels creating a magnificent 3-dimensional show with an extraordinary sense of depth. Naturally, the show from the sapphire exhibition back is as breathtaking as from the dial side and every part of the watch showcases the superlative finish that has become one of the brand’s trademarks.

This exquisite movement is housed in the brand’s refined 44 mm red gold case mounted on a black alligator strap and secured by a pin buckle in the same material as the case. The TES Tourbillon will be produced in a limited edition of 28 pieces. Like the rest of this brand’s production, it effortlessly combines classic styling with leading-edge technology and represents another great addition to a long list of stunning creations.

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