Arnold & Son has been at the forefront of creating unique
and truly original skeleton timepieces; a number of which have
become iconic symbols of contemporary haute horlogerie with
classical inspiration. Now, Arnold & Son brings one of its most
outstanding skeleton watches to a female audience, with an
execution conceived exclusively for women: The Nebula
The skeleton watch just for her
Whether its faces or timepieces, our eyes tend to naturally find
beauty in symmetry. This goes a long way toward explaining the
watch lover's strong attraction to the refined Arnold &
Son Nebula, which is symmetrical not only horizontally and
vertically but also front and back.
Besides the evident careful attention to balance, the powerful
allure of the Nebula also derives from the meticulously calculated
proportions and ratios of diameter versus height and the size and
placement of every gear and wheel. Rather than being an assembly of
disparate components - case, dial, and movement - Nebula was
designed from the ground up to be completely holistic, with all
components blending harmoniously into one. The "dial" actually acts
as a bridge in supporting some of the intricate gearing.
The movement bridges − there are no less than ten in this
complex caliber, compared to four in a standard watch − form the
dial. More than just a superficial surface coating, the bridges of
the Nebula Lady are crafted from solid 18-karat Red Gold, with
beveled and polished edges. Set against a silvery palladium-tone
base plate, a subtle play between cool silvery tones and warmer
gold accents transforms the Nebula's open display into an alluring
and feminine masterpiece of mechanical art.
The name "Nebula" (Latin for "cloud") was selected because with
its bridges distinctively radiating from the perimeter of the dial
toward the center, the sculptural movement looks like an inverted,
exploded star. Nebulae, an astronomical term describing a cloud of
cosmic gas and dust, are formed from the debris of exploding stars
and constitute the regions in our universe in which new stars will
born, a stars nursery.
In the Nebula Lady, the highly legible central hours and minutes
hands as well as the small seconds hand are given a black
treatment, as are the applied faceted and polished hour markers to
provide a bold contrast against the palladium chapter ring
surrounding the open movement display.
From the dial side, symmetry at top to bottom is provided by the
two mainspring barrels, which provide a very healthy 90 hours of
power above, and small seconds plus the oscillating balance wheel
below. Seven of the skeletonized and chamfered triangular 18kt Red
Gold bridges with polished edges fixed around the perimeter of the
movement and radiating inward offer a contemporary take on
traditional English movement architecture.
The 41.5mm Red Gold case is further enhanced with the addition
of 90 brilliant cut white diamonds with a total weight of
approximately 0.52 carats, meticulously set onto the bezel. Echoing
the feminine tones of the dial and open, symmetrical movement, the
Nebula Lady comes on a white calf leather strap.
The Nebula Lady is a limited edition of 50 timepieces.