Limited to 28 timepieces
A stunning addition to the Arnold & Son Métiers d’Art range: HM Pandas unites two exquisite forms of craftsmanship
The panda holds revered status in Chinese cultural history. It has served as a symbol of goodwill and helped cement relationships with other countries. When China entrusts pandas to international zoos, it does so as an expression of trust and confidence. With this meticulously finished special edition, Arnold & Son pays tribute to a very special bear.
The highlight of the HM Pandas edition is a sumptuous, 22-carat solid white gold hand-engraved appliqué of two pandas, which has been duplicated for the series. Created by a craftsman selected for his skill in the traditional art of hand engraving, it features two perfectly sculpted figures with a breathtaking richness of detail and an illusion of depth that contrasts starkly with the ultra-slim case. The case is available both in 18-carat rose gold or 18-carat white gold and with a diamond-set bezel.
As Philippe Boven of Arnold & Son explains: “The panda is a popular symbol of hope and solidarity, and we hope this special edition will touch and inspire connoisseurs of fine watchmaking combined with the decorative arts. We are particularly proud of the execution, which seamlessly combines two highly skilled crafts: those of the engraver and of the miniaturist.” The detail on the dial is completed with a miniature hand painting of bamboo leaves and grass which likewise calls for infinite patience and consummate skill.
The watch is powered by the A&S1001 movement, which is just 2.7 millimetres thick and manufactured entirely in-house. Its twin barrels, which generate a 90-hour power reserve, guarantee a more constant force and in turn a more constant rate and greater accuracy. All the plates and bridges in the movement are hand-chamfered and decorated – a further indication of the traditional craftsmanship and Haute Horlogerie upheld by Arnold & Son throughout the company’s long history.
This special edition of the HM Pandas will be limited to just 28 timepieces.
Limited edition: 28 timepieces
- 1LCAP.B03A.C111A, 18-carat rose gold
- 1LCAW.B03A.C111W, 18-carat white gold
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h
Functions: hours, minutes
Movement decoration: nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws with bevelled and mirrorpolished heads
Dial: 22-carat solid white gold engraved appliqué, black lacquered with hand-painted miniature
Case: 18-carat rose gold or 18-carat white gold, diamond-set bezel available, diameter 40 mm, cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m
Strap: hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather