Thursday, November 7, 2013

UTTE Asprey Special Edition ‘Luxury Watch of the Year'

This just in from Arnold & Son -
Courtesy of Arnold & Son

Arnold & Son is proud to announce the UTTE Asprey Special Edition ‘Luxury Watch of the Year 2013’

Arnold & Son’s UTTE Asprey Special Edition has been awarded ‘Luxury Watch of the Year 2013’ by the UK watch magazine ‘WatchPro’. The winners are announced in time for the start of the Salon QP 2013 hosted in London.

Arnold & Son is proud that its special limited edition Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement (UTTE) for Asprey of London has been awarded such recognition. The UTTE Asprey limited edition is a special timepiece to celebrate a unique affinity. The two establishments share a common heritage, having been founded in London within 20 years of each other in the mid-18th century and progressing to secure a place for themselves among the most prestigious in their respective fields.

As a tribute to their shared values, Arnold & Son created a special edition of its magnificent UTTE timepiece for Aspery. Over the generations, Asprey has established itself as the finest British jeweller and luxury goods house and become a name synonymous with refinement and luxury. Every product in the Asprey range draws on the most exacting craftsmanship and is made using only the finest materials. It is a grand tradition, upheld at Asprey workshops around the globe, as timeless treasures are created for an exclusive clientele.

The UTTE is a masterful demonstration of elegant design and superb technical prowess. The ultra-thin A&S8200 movement – and the ultimate UTTE watch – is the result of several years of research and development, and boasts important features and functions. In fact, when the brand embarked on the creation of an additional tourbillon, Arnold & Son’s team of watchmakers and engineers determined that the end result should possess unique features that would set it apart in the watch world: It had to be at the same time thin, boast a big and three-dimensional tourbillon cage and have a long power reserve.

Utilizing the most cutting-edge technology, Arnold & Son pushed the creative envelope to achieve this goal - thus developing an exceptional timepiece. The UTTE has a movement that is just 2.97 mm thick and a case thickness of only 8.34 mm, making the UTTE one of the thinnest tourbillion watches ever produced.

The UTTE is part of Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection, wherein timepieces are easily identified by their dial design, with off-center position of the hours and minutes to allow for the display of other complications without one overlapping the other. The UTTE Asprey Special Edition follows this design aesthetic, with the spherical tourbillon occupying the lower portion of the breathtaking hand guilloché dial. The art of guilloché is an age-old handcraft that uses a rose engine to etch intricate patterns onto watch dials.

In typical Arnold & Son style, the exquisite movement is crafted in nickel-silver, and all components are hand chamfered, polished and decorated. The movement is NAC grey treated and decorated with a straight Côtes de Genève pattern for a bold, contemporary appeal. It ticks away inside a palladium case, designed with alluring timeless lines. The stepped case, which tapers from the top to the bottom, enhances this watch with an austere elegance. A black alligator leather strap secures the watch to the wearer’s wrist.

As a further indication of its exclusiveness, the UTTE Asprey Special Edition is limited to just eight timepieces.

Calibre:                                    A&S8200
Exclusive Arnold & Son ultra-thin mechanical movement, one-minute flying tourbillon, hand-wound, 29 jewels, diameter 32 mm, thickness 2.97 mm, tourbillon cage diameter 14mm, power reserve over 90 h, 21’600 vibrations/h

Functions:                               hours, minutes, tourbillon

Movement decoration:        nickel-silver movement, NAC grey treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Tourbillon cage: satin-finish with chamfered and polished edges.

Dial:                                          silvery-white and silvery opaline hand guilloché

Case:                                        palladium, diameter 42 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:                     8 timepieces

                                                 Reference:                               1UTAG.S06A.C121G

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