New: Arnold & Son Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”

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Arnold & Son Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is a limited edition watch that celebrates the 2024 “Year of the Wooden Dragon”. The watch is crafted with fine watchmaking, miniature sculpture, and gemstone craftsmanship, showcasing a dragon and a moon made from red gold (5N). The watch is available in two variations featuring pietersite or onyx.

New: Arnold & Son Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”

Press release with commentary in italics. Luna Magna RG “Year of the Dragon”: S$122,500 (incl. 9% GST), Perpetual Moon 41.5 RG “Year of the Dragon”: S$87,700 (incl. 9% GST).


Arnold & Son Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” comes in 2 variants, one in pietersite and another in onyx. The Wooden Dragon symbolizes calm determination, questioning, control, negotiation, and generosity. The Luna Magna collection’s dial features a large pietersite or onyx disc with a white opal subdial for hours and minutes, adorned with a hand-engraved red gold dragon that wraps around it.

The Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is driven by the A&S1021 calibre, a manually-wound movement offering a 90-hour power reserve, crafted entirely by Arnold & Son. The watch oscillates at 3 Hz and accurately tracks lunar phases, with only a one-day discrepancy every 122 years. The moon phase function can be adjusted directly via the crown. The watch also features a case back display for the moon’s age and is paired with an alligator leather strap with red lining.

The watch is a stunning timepiece that combines artistry and precision. The dragon and moon made from red gold are exquisite and the pietersite or onyx disc with a white opal subdial is a beautiful touch. The watch is a testament to Arnold & Son’s watchmaking expertise and their ability to create unique and beautiful timepieces. The Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is a watch for enthusiasts who appreciate fine craftsmanship and artistry with a particular interest in the Dragon zodiac.

Press Release

Arnold & Son is marking 2024, an auspicious and untroubled year in the traditional Chinese calendar, with a majestic dragon and the artistic crafts. Fine watchmaking, miniature sculpture, and gemstone craftsmanship make up the two versions of Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”. This limited edition comprising eight pieces features an encounter between a dragon and the moon.

The year of the Wooden Dragon starts on 10 February 2024. The dragon in this element is a harbinger of calm determination, the natural ardour of the giant reptile tempered by wood. A year of questioning and control, it is also all about negotiation and generosity. These attributes coalesce to make this an eagerly awaited year, duly celebrated by Arnold & Son with Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”.

Resonance of the gems

In the inimitable tradition of decorative horology to which Arnold & Son is deeply attached, this year is dedicated to a “Chinese Zodiac” limited edition in the Luna Magna collection. Two versions are available, each with eight pieces produced, featuring a large moon composed of red gold (5N) and pietersite or onyx, face to face with an impressive dragon in the same gold.

The large dial on which the dragon has landed is in fact a wide disc in the same stone as the three-dimensional moon, namely pietersite or onyx. The first is blue with veining, and the second smooth, glossy and black. The off-centre dial showing the hours and minutes is in white opal, a signature Arnold & Son gemstone.

Cambered dragon

Sculpted from red gold (5N), just like the case that encloses it, the dragon is hand-engraved. It transforms the watch into an objet d’art. The powerful body of the mythical creature coils around the dial to its head, reflected in the large moon.

With scales, claws, whiskers and horns, this oriental-style dragon turns its full attention to the three-dimensional globe that shows the phases of the moon on the Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”. The sphere has a double meaning here. It stands both for the moon, the cycles of which direct the Chinese calendar, and for the pearl of wisdom that, according to legend, is inseparable from the dragon, who ceaselessly attempts to catch it. With a final allusion to the Middle Kingdom, the lining of the straps is crafted from red alligator leather.

Mechanical excellence

Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is powered by the A&S1021 calibre, entirely developed, produced, assembled and adjusted at the manufacture. This manually-wound calibre, designed around the lunar globe, offers a 90-hour power reserve and a regulating organ oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hz. On the case back, the movement provides a secondary display of the moon’s age, with very legible graduations that allow extremely precise adjustment of the lunar globe.

The sophistication of this celestial mechanism is also evident in its strict astronomical accuracy. The total duration of a lunar cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. Arnold & Son has approached this so closely that it would take 122 years to build up a 24-hour discrepancy between the display and astronomical reality. The disparity would be easy to correct since the moon function on the Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is accessible directly via the crown. This practicality is only possible through Arnold & Son’s absolute mastery of the watchmaking process.


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