By Jovan Krstevski
An exquisitely crafted and engraved homage to a legendary vessel: the HMS Victory Set from Arnold & Son
The HMS Victory Set is a fitting addition to the Arnold & Son Royal Collection. Expertly handcrafted, it reflects the elegance and sophistication of the inimitable English style and was inspired by the timepieces produced by John Arnold for King George III and the royal court. The HMS Victory Set is an impressive demonstration of the brand’s prowess in classical decorative hand engraving.
HMS Victory Set
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement A&S1001, hand-wound,
18-carat rose gold case, diameter 40 mm
The name HMS Victory is one of the best known in English maritime history. Her glorious career spanned forty years, during which she saw action in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic wars. It was in the latter that she enjoyed her finest hour as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Now, the HMS Victory Set from Arnold & Son presents three different views of the vessel, each traditionally hand-chased by Arnold & Son’s master engraver.
Arnold & Son’s own master engraver created the exquisite HMS Victory Set dials, which are then duplicated in silver for the series. Hand-engraving is a traditional art form that involves the use of hardened steel tools called burins in combination with other special tools. These create cuts, lines and texturing that build up entire images or, as in the case of this exclusive set of timepieces, perfectly sculpted scenes of the HMS Victory with a breathtaking richness of detail. The scenes in the HMS Victory Set give us three different views of the vessel: the first, resplendent in shafts of sunlight breaking through the clouds; the second, with guns ablaze as she rakes the French fleet; and the third, an interior of the ship, on one of the gun decks. The three-dimensional nature of these hand-engraved dials is accentuated by the engraver who then individually hand-tarnishes each final duplicated silver dial to provide all a spectacular illustration of this extraordinary ship with illusion of depth that contrasts starkly with the ultra-slim case.
All three models in the HMS Victory Set are powered by the A&S1001 calibre with haute horlogerie finishing. The movement is made of rhodium-plated nickel-silver and features hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes (radiating Geneva stripes), with blued screws.
The HMS Victory timepieces will be available firstly in an exclusive limited edition of just 28 sets, each consisting of the three timepieces. The HMS Victory timepiece with the scene entitled ‘‘HMS Victory – Where the battle was won: one of the cannons deck on HMS Victory’’ will be available only as part of the set.
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement A&S1001
HMS Victory Set
Main technical characteristics:
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
Movement decoration: 18-carat rose 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: hand-engraved, duplicated silver dials, individually hand-tarnished
Case: 18-carat rose 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 brown or black alligator leather
Limited edition: 28 sets of 3 timepieces
HMS Victory – Cannons ablaze, Lord Nelson’s flagship takes on the French fleet
HMS Victory – HMS Victory at sea, lit by rays of sunshine piercing the clouds
HMS Victory – Where the battle was won: one of the cannons deck on HMS Victory