Over 250 years ago in a small workshop in London, James Arnold launched Arnold & Son, a brand that would grow and become one of the top watch making companies in the world. The British based brand has produced a variety of complications that has assisted in the worldwide respect and growth. The latest of these stunning productions is the launch of the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch, UTTE for short.
The watch measures an ultra thin 8.3mm in thickness, and houses the 2.97mm thick and 14mm in diameter tourbillon movement. Created entirely in the Arnold & Son house at La Chaux-de-Fonds, the tiny movement was developed over the course of several years, as precision and perfection are something the brand prides itself on. Well worth the waiting period, the timepiece boasts more than being the thinnest tourbillon in existence, it also was engineered with the same double-barrel system as all Arnold & Son timepieces, resulting in an 80 hour power reserve nestled in the ultra thin package.
Mechanically brilliant, aesthetically beautiful, the 42mm case showcases a dial that features a beautiful radial design, a compliment to the Roman numerals and the tourbillon. The 14mm cage seems to rise out of the movement and sit even with the hour and minute hands. The timepiece will be available in rose gold and palladium, and produced in limited edition quantities of 50 pieces of each metal. The rose gold version includes an additional hand-engraved tourbillon bridge.
Hand wound, the silvery white Cotes de Genève rayonettes on the timepiece make it elegant and exclusive. Crafted from 18 carat rose gold, the allure is more than the thin design, it is the exquisite art that the timepiece presents. Each movement is finished in a complementary color to the case, and each features a different Cotes de Genève pattern. The rhodiumed movement selected for the rose gold, and a grey NAC-treated movement for the palladium color. Balanced perfection that is reflected on both styles.
The Arnold & Son launch of the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch comes in at around 0.5mm thinner than the presently existing Piaget’s Caliber 600P, which now will become the world’s second thinnest tourbillon. Creating masterpieces has always been the brand goal, and timepieces ultimately become heirlooms, so to craft this piece accomplishes two feats, delivering an heirloom masterpiece, luxurious and classic, a perfect fit on any wrist.