Arnold & Son: Luna Magna10 April 2021
Arnold & Son presents Luna Magna, the first three-dimensional moon created by the Brand, as well as the largest moon ever integrated into a wristwatch.
Presented in a 44 mm red-gold case, Arnold & Son has recreated one of its distinctive designs. The white lacquered hours and minutes dial frees up substantial space for displaying complications on the rest of the aventurine glass dial, such as this spherical moon measuring 12 mm in diameter. Its size is not its only distinctive feature. Half of the moon is made of marble to represent the illuminated part of the Earth’s satellite, while the other half is made of aventurine glass to depict the darker side. Neither material has ever been used in a three-dimensional design such as this.
Arnold & Son has drawn on its remarkable creativity to make Luna Magna a well-proportioned watch that showcases the incredible volume of its moon. The lunar globe thus appears halfway up the movement, perfectly positioned between the top and bottom. The upper part is encased in a glass box. This technique has been repeated on the case-back side, where the sapphire crystal rests on the wrist.By placing most of the volume in these sapphire crystals, the Luna Magna’s case has a total height of 15.9 mm. Lastly, to bring the overall piece together, the deeply tapered lugs extend the curvature of the sapphire crystal to meet the natural curve of the wrist.
Luna Magna is driven by the A&S1021 calibre, which has been fully developed, manufactured, assembled and adjusted in the Manufacture. This new hand-wound calibre, which has been designed with the lunar globe in mind, features a 90-hour power reserve and a regulating organ oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hz. The movement also includes a secondary display detailing the age of the moon on the case-back side. Its clearly readable markings are designed for high-precision adjustments.
The sophisticated mechanics are also based on precise astronomical reality. In fact, the duration of a complete lunar cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. Arnold & Son has managed to replicate it in such a way that it will take 122 years for the movement’s display to deviate from the correct celestial reading by one day. The correction required at this time will be easy to dispense, as the Luna Magna’smoon-phase function can be accessed directly by the crown.
The new Arnold & Son Luna Magna is paired with a blue alligator leather strap and available in just 28 pieces at the price of € 43,900 + Tax.