Flash News: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Palladium

By Thierry Ané on February 4, 2015

The problem with Arnold & Son’s Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph is that it seems virtually impossible to decide which version of this stunning model is my favourite!

Two of the models presented last year: white dial in a palladium case, and 250th Anniversary edition with guilloché blue dial in a red gold case

Last May, I discussed this amazing timepiece on Watch Agora with some live picturesPhoto Report: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Collection (+live pics) of the three versions introduced by the brand in 2014. I refer you to this previous articlePhoto Report: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Collection (+live pics) to find out more about this Haute Horlogerie model and its outstanding exclusive self-winding A&S8305 calibre featuring a column-wheel chronograph, ceramic ball bearing and a tourbillon escapement.

The sapphire crystal on the back lets you see behind the cut-out 22-karat gold oscillating weight with the brand’s engraved coat of arms and marvel at the impeccable finish of this magnificent movement. From the fine circular graining on the base plate to the Côtes de Genève rayonnantes on the bridges with perfectly bevelled and polished edges, everything is executed with the utmost respect for the codes of Fine Watchmaking. I personally love the blued column-wheel in perfect harmony with the blued screws with bevelled and mirror polished heads!

Beyond the mechanical beauty of the back that will undoubtedly appeal to every seasoned watch connoisseur, the aesthetic appeal of the front of each model is universal enough to also catch the eye of less hardcore watch enthusiasts: as long as you have a keen eye for beauty, the watch will speak to you in each and every rendition presented so far!

This version presented last year sported an anthracite dial in a red gold case

Although I have already discussed them on this site, I can’t resist dropping a few more praises on all of them. Who would not admire the elegant contrast formed by an anthracite dial and a perfectly polished red gold case? Unless your aesthetic affinity draws you more to the almost perfect uniformity brought by a silvery white dial on a palladium case? But if, just like me, you love “everything British” and want to acknowledge the heritage of the brand, no model will be more appealing than the 250th Anniversary with its red gold case and contrasting Royal blue guilloché dial…

As I said, deciding which model is your favourite is clearly a toss-up! And guess what? Things are becoming even more difficult this year with the introduction of a fourth version of the TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph as a pre-Basel release: a model with black guilloché dial and strap and a palladium case!

The new Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Black in palladium is as successful as its predecessors in terms of design (technically, it is the same outstanding calibre inside so nothing can go wrong!). I love the choice of the cold palladium hue to complement the gloomy colour of the strap and bezel. It is also nice that you have to truly pay attention to the watch to realise that the dial sports the same kind of refined guilloché work as the 250th Anniversary piece: with the black colour, it becomes more understated, a decoration almost only for the owner’s eyes.

Detail of the Tourbillon escapement of the 250th Anniversary Edition presented last year

I also like the fact that so far, the red gold models are more flamboyant with dial colours beautifully contrasting with the warm hue of the case, whereas the palladium models play a more subtle card. I really look forward to discovering this amazing model in person at the Basel fair in March. I will definitely come back on this piece with live pictures and I will also comment on the rest of Arnold & Son’s novelties as I suspect they will be once again completely mind-blowing…

For more information please visit the Arnold & Son web site.

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