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Baselworld 2013: Arnold & Son Introduces The World’s Thinnest Tourbillon Watch

by Jonathan Fairfield
24 April, 2013
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

Arnold & Son UTTE watch

Baselworld

In a sneak preview of what we can expect of some of the novelties on show at Baselworld 2013, Arnold & Son have just released details of its Ultra Thin Tourbillon Escapement watch (UTTE). The timepiece, which the Swiss based British watch brand claim is the thinnest tourbillon wristwatch in the world, measures just 8.34mm thick and includes a hand wound A&S8200 mechanical movement which has a thickness of just 2.97mm.

The previous record for the thinnest tourbillon movement went to Piaget’s 600P, which has a thickness of 3.5mm.

This superbly engineered timepiece reinforces Arnold & Son’s watch making prowess and heritage that combines incredible precision with classical styling and design.

The UTTE, taken from the brand’s Instrument Collection, boasts an 80 hour power reserve and is available in two versions, both of which are limited to just 50 pieces. The first version is in 18k rose gold (pictured above) and there is also a palladium version. Both have the same technical spec’s but feature slightly different dials.

 

 

As mentioned, the Ultra Thin Tourbillon Escapement watch is driven by the hand wound A&S8200 movement that includes polished chamfered bridges, a hand engraved tourbillon bridge, mirror polished heads and fine circular graining, not to mention Cotes de Geneve. The movement measures 32mm in diameter and fits easily into the 42mm case.

The tourbillon cage has a a delicate satin finish with polished edges and measure 14mm, which means it is not only highly visible but occupies nearly half of the movement.  The overall look of the watch is quite stunning and we hope to bring you some more detailed photographs of the movement as and when they are released later this week.

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Specifications

 

Functions: hours, minutes, tourbillon.

Movement: A&S8200 with exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical ultra thin movement, one minute flying tourbillon, decorated with 29 jewels, measuring 32mm in diameter, 2.97mm thick. Beating at 21,600 vph with 80hr power reserve.

Case: 18k rose gold case or palladium case measures 42mm in diameter with cambered sapphire crystal complete with anti reflective coating on both sides. Case back also includes a see through sapphire. 30m water resistant.

Strap: brown or black hand sewn alligator leather.

Ref:

1UTAG. S03A. C121G Palladium case, light grey Cotes de Geneve dial

1UTAR. S01A. C120A 18k red gold case silver dial – Cotes de Geneve rayonnates

Limited edition of 50 timepieces per ref.

You can find out more on the Arnold & Son website.

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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