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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Best Classical Watch: Arnold & Son HMS1

Arabian Watches & Jewellery (AWJ) Magazine has proudly hosted the Middle East Premier Awards for the past 8 consecutive years, and the awards were presented alongside Jewellery Arabia 2012. The Presentation Ceremony was accompanied by a grand dinner reception at The Ritz Carlton, in the Kingdom of Bahrain on Tuesday, 16 October, the inaugural night of Jewellery Arabia 2012. The event was attended by over 300 distinguished high profile guests.

Arnold & Son emerged as winner in the category ‘Best Classical Watch’ with the HMS1 in an 18-carat white gold case with a silvered dial. The case is 40 mm in diameter and houses a manufacture hand-wound movement only 2.7 mm thick.

The HMS1 forms part of Arnold & Son’s magnificent Royal Collection, inspired by the timepieces created during the earlier part of John Arnold’s life for King George III and the royal court. The HMS1 reflects elegance and sophistication in inimitable English style.

The A&S1001 calibre, features gorgeous Côte de Genève rayonnantes decoration that creates depth and dynamism as in the dial. The manufacture movement is made from rhodium-treated nickel silver with haute horlogerie finishing, including hand-chamfered bridges with exquisitely polished edges, fine circular graining and blued screws. The two barrels, which provide over 80 hours power reserve, are double that of most watches in this segment which provide only a single barrel.

The two barrels provide more constant power and force, which results in improved accuracy while the movement is running.

Philippe Boven of Arnold & Son was on hand to collect the award

Finalists included Arnold & Son HMS1, runner up Vacheron Constantin Malte Anniversary Edition and second runner up H. Moser & Cie Monard Date Maronne


Calibre: A&S1001
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 21 jewels, diameter 30 mm, thickness 2.7 mm, power reserve 80 h, two barrels, 21'600 vibrations/h

Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock 

Movement decoration: 18-carat white gold case: 
nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing:
manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, blued screws

Dial colour: silver 

Case: 18-carat white gold, diameter 40 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap: Hand-stitched black alligator leather 

Limited edition: 100 pieces 

References : 1LCAW.S03A.C111W 18-carat white gold case, silver coloured dial 

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