Flash News: Arnold & Son HM Goats

By Thierry Ané on February 16, 2015

As you are certainly aware, Thursday, February 19th is the Chinese New Year 2015. Colourful celebrations around the globe will mark the beginning of the Year of the Goat. Whether you see it as that of the sheep, goat, or ram, the upcoming lunar year is supposed to be an auspicious one after a tumultuous 2014.

With a perfect timing, Arnold & Son has decided to pay tribute to this amiable animal with a new model in the “Royal Collection” showcasing the decorative skills of the brand. Limited to just 8 pieces, the new HM Goats is an elegant time-only model with a nice 40 mm rose gold case mounted on hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather.

This classical case houses the brand’s finely crafted A&S1001 calibre found in most “HM” timekeepers. Beating at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, this hand-wound nickel-silver movement uses two barrels to provide 90 hours of power reserve. In addition to its extreme reliability, this rhodium-treated calibre presents all the finishing signs of a Haute Horlogerie piece including hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Elements that can of course be admired through the sapphire crystal of the back.

The show-stopper, though, is undeniably the dial of the watch. Made of white mother-of-pearl, it has been painstakingly hand-painted to showcase a family of goats feeding on leaves. The design is inspired by traditional Chinese ink wash painting but interpreted here using the refined miniature painting technique. Tiny brushstrokes and texturing are used by the master artist to create a very life-like scene. The texture of the mother-of-pearl adds astonishing depth to the incredible richness of details achieved by the artist.

The overall colour palette is absolutely gorgeous and works admirably with the selected hue of gold. We are far from the cliché motifs and garish colours used by other brands to celebrate this New Year: the dial of the HM Goats is extremely refined just like Arnold & Son’s watches always are. Once again this creative brand proved its ability to rise above the competition and interpret a theme (here the Year of the Goat) with its own sensitivity and distinction: the perfect tribute to this New Year 2015!

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

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