As you know, we tend to focus on watches firmly in the affordable realm, which often times could be classified as sub-$1000 watches.  We do, of course, go afield from that now and again, and consider those to be more aspirational.  Then we come to something like the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon Aventurine, and we’re reaching into the realm of grail (or lottery winning) watches.

That said, I cannot help but be drawn to the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon Aventurine, because of the dial material.  With the large slice of aventurine in the mix, you’ve got a ready-made star field.  Ever since I first saw this material being used on watch dials, I was entranced. Paired as it is here, with a moon phase complication, it’s a lovely bit of design synchrony.

It’s not just all good looks for the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon Aventurine.  Tucked under the dial is the A&S1512 movement, which has the moon phase complication running in a perpetual guise.  By that, I mean it runs – accurately – for 122 years.  This is no mean feat.  Once once you hit that 122 years, the use of a pusher will get things reset, and you’re good to go for another 122 years.

Being a limited-edition watch (only 28 pieces being made), along with it’s pricetag ($33,650) means that the Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon Aventurine is not a watch I’m likely to have gracing my wrist anytime soon. Still a lovely dial material.  Maybe I could find aventurine in some cufflinks or a ring…

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon Aventurine
  • Price: $33,650
  • Who’s it for? You’re looking for just-the-right moon phase watch with a look that is elegant, not gaudy
  • Would I wear it? Yes, yes indeed
  • What I’d change: That it’s not on my wrist?
  • The best thing about it: The aventurine, of course

Tech Specs from Arnold & Son

  • Case:  42mm, red gold
  • Strap:  hand-stitched alligator
  • Dial:  blue aventurine
  • Movement:  A&S1512
    • Accurate moon phase indication for 122 years (pusher reset to be accurate for another 122 years)
    • Hand-wound
    • 90-hour power reserve (double barrel)

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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