Arnold & Son UTTE “Ultra-Thin Tourbillon” Watch Review

Arnold & Son UTTE “Ultra-Thin Tourbillon” Watch Review

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

It is not often that we at aBlogtoWatch write three articles on the same timepiece, but the UTTE gets that treatment. At Baselworld 2013 Arnold & Son released this watch as the world's (current) thinnest tourbillon. We debuted the UTTE watch for you here. "UTTE" stands for "ultra thin tourbillon escapement," and it certainly is. Arnold & Son narrowly beat Piaget to production of the thinnest tourbillon ever. Being the most thin isn't really that important to us. What is important is that the watch is very wearable, and very attractive.

At Baselworld 2013 we got a nice hands-on look at the Arnold & Son UTTE for the first time. It was plainly obvious that the lovely computer renders of the watch barely did it justice. This was by far one of the most elegant tourbillon-based timepieces that we'd seen in a while. Clearly it was going to be a sales success. To make sure though, I wanted to do a final review after checking the watch out for a while. I took the UTTE for a spin.

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Let's put "ultra-thin" into perspective. Piaget still makes most of the thinnest watches around with their manually wound and automatic versions of the Altiplano. If you really just want a crazy thin mechanical watch this is not the best option. Sure it is thin, but you are also paying for the tourbillon part of the equation. The UTTE is 8.34mm thick in total. That is the case and movement together. On the wrist is feels quite slim for sure. Few people could complain otherwise.

The movement is another story. Inside the UTTE is the Arnold & Son in-house made A&S8200 manually wound caliber. It is just 2.97mm thick, and even has a very respectable power reserve. In total, the watch offers about 80 hours of power reserve, which is pretty darn good. That is more than three days without winding. All that is missing is a power reserve indicator.

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The tourbillon is clearly a major part of the movement. It is rather large as well, being 14mm wide. In fact the tourbillon diameter is the same as that of the dial that indicates the time. It also doubles as the seconds indicator. As a flying tourbillon there is no top-mounted bridge on the dial, so viewing it is very pleasing. A small arrow on the cage can be used as a seconds indicator. Bring your attention to the rear of the movement to the rear-mounted tourbillon bridge.

You'll notice that the bridge is hand-decorated with engravings. This is different than the Baselworld prototype UTTE that we wrote about after the show. That movement has simple Cotes de Geneva stripes on the movement, while the final version here has a more sunburst design. Of course the tourbillon bridge is also now hand-decorated which is a very nice touch. The movement looks pretty good, and Arnold & Son continues to demonstrate that they can produce beautiful, original things.

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

16 comments
pt950nomad
pt950nomad

With the Breguet 5377 being 7mm thick (case+movement), how is it that this piece at 8.34mm is the "world's thinnest" tourbillon?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

aleximd2000 A little off-topic, but I once had a 7 series and now I have a 2.0 liter from the same brand. The 7 was faster, but my X1 is orange, so its brighter than my former black 7. When I need to 'image up', I just drive my M6.

AtotheG
AtotheG

Generally not into tourbillons, but I love this one.  Ariel, when you buy it, have them give you a smaller strap.

RLaR
RLaR

Ariel:  You truly do have one of the best jobs in the world.  That watch is a work of art and you get to hold it in your hands and actually wear it for awhile.  A very fortunate man, you are.  

spiceballs
spiceballs

Simple (looking) elegant, attractive  - - - nice.

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

It looks nice it feels nice and when you have it you need an another one !!! Kidding. I do not feel very confortable with this short series watches and have a very very nasty experience with an Armin Strom after a technical failure . Some illiterate experts dig inside with their filthy hands and after the repair the watch is not the same. And it was a buckle of money !

It is indeed a social status mirror but if you are inside the sick population with watch bug in your blood , the people around you learn that you are something and even you can wear an 20 dollar chinese donut on your wrist and everybody will believe that it is a genuine thing. So wear and buy the calibers not the image . the same as with a car how do you look with a 7 series bmw with a 2 litre engine.

Ryan B
Ryan B

This watch is perfect, they did a fantastic job. Bravo

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

All that, and you glossed over maybe the coolest part - look at the case back. You can fight sharks down to 3 ATM with the use of this watch? AWESOME!

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Handsome, thin, well-decorated.  What's not to like?  Well... nit-picking, the rounded sides make it look even thinner than it is, and it makes the watch look quite small on the wrist.  That bar across the tourbillon looks a little rougher than it should be.  Still, an impressive achievement.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@pt950nomadIt could be a claim based on the movement thickness vice the overall watch size. The A&S has a 2.97mm thick movement while I could not find the movement thickness on the Breguet website. Anyway, it always changes as brand jockey for the title of thinnest with each new model. Cheers.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@aleximd2000 A little off-topic, but I once had a 7 series and now I have a 2.0 liter from the same brand. The 7 was faster, but my X1 is orange, so its brighter than my former black 7. When I need to 'image up', I just drive my M6. Back to your point (sort of), you can get a 6 cylinder 7 series and an X1 with the same engine. Guess which one will be quicker? But yeah, the 7 has  more 'image'.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Ulysses31 Same here. Seems like 90% of the cars on the road are black, white, silver, gray, etc.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Well, how about that.  I guess people in England just don't like orange much.  By far the most common colours are black and silver, and for some inexplicable reason, white.  I'd go for blue myself.  That new i8 looks pretty nice too O_O.

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