Arnold & Son has released a special perpetual moon calendar watch in time for the Year of the Rabbit. The $62,000 watch comes in a limited edition of eight timepieces and features a lovely moon waxing and waning above an engraved water rabbit, the moon’s best buddy.

I mean this thing is nice. It even has some nice lume although, ironically, the hands aren’t painted.

From the release:

The year of the Water Rabbit has inspired a new artistic version of the Perpetual Moon. Arnold & Son has sculpted the animal in a calm yet watchful pose. It sits majestically against a backdrop of black aventurine, beneath a great mother-of-pearl moon. In Chinese Zodiac iconography, the water rabbit is the moon’s loyal companion. The sophistication of this dial, showcasing the artistic crafts, demonstrates Arnold & Son’s expertise. In addition to its fine watchmaking movement complete with a large astronomic moon, the timepiece also displays masterful aesthetics. The Perpetual Moon “Year of the Rabbit” timepiece is at once powerfully symbolic, sophisticated and full of meaning.

The watch runs a A&S1512 mechanical movement – hand wound – and the face is aventurine glass. The rabbit himself is “18-carat rose gold (4N), hand-engraved and hand-burnished finishes.” The dial is also painted in gold flake.

“The rabbit remains the dial’s key element. Sculpted in three dimensions, it is crafted from 18-carat rose gold. Its expression, its pose and the details of its fur are hand-engraved and -burnished to add depth and nuance. This painstaking work is worthy of the exceptional attention Arnold & Son has always paid to its limited series created in tribute to the Chinese Zodiac,” write the creators.

Look: if you’re totally into the Year of the Rabbit you could probably pick something cheaper, like a calendar, to commemorate your obsession. That said, if you have the wherewithal to spend 70 large on a watch with a rabbit on it, you do you. It’s a lovely, whimsical piece from a storied brand and I’m here for it. Just be glad they didn’t make it an erotic watch.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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