Still a work in progress...

gzip on;
gzip_types text/plain text/css text/xml application/javascript;

charset utf-8;
server_tokens off;

log_format inc_info '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$sent_http_x_log_info] [$time_iso8601] [$request_time/XXX] "$request" $status $body_bytes_sent "$http_referer" "$http_user_agent"';

ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
ssl_ciphers 'ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:DHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:DHE-DSS-AES128-GCM-SHA256:kEDH+AESGCM:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA256:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA256:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA384:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA384:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA:ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA:DHE-RSA-AES128-SHA256:DHE-RSA-AES128-SHA:DHE-DSS-AES128-SHA256:DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA256:DHE-DSS-AES256-SHA:DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA:ECDHE-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA:ECDHE-ECDSA-DES-CBC3-SHA:AES128-GCM-SHA256:AES256-GCM-SHA384:AES128-SHA256:AES256-SHA256:AES128-SHA:AES256-SHA:AES:CAMELLIA:DES-CBC3-SHA:!aNULL:!eNULL:!EXPORT:!DES:!RC4:!MD5:!PSK:!aECDH:!EDH-DSS-DES-CBC3-SHA:!EDH-RSA-DES-CBC3-SHA:!KRB5-DES-CBC3-SHA';
ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m; # 10MB -> ~40,000 sessions.
ssl_session_timeout 24h;          # 24 hours
ssl_buffer_size 1400;            # 1400 bytes to fit in one MTU

keepalive_timeout 300;
spdy_keepalive_timeout 300;
spdy_headers_comp 6;

server {

    listen 192.168.0.1:80;

    server_name example.com *.example.com;

    rewrite ^ https://www.example.com$request_uri? permanent;

}

server {

    listen 192.168.0.1:443 ssl spdy;
    server_name www.example.com;

    access_log /www/live/test.project/logs/nginx.access_log inc_info;
    error_log /www/live/test.project/logs/nginx.error_log warn;

    ssl_certificate /etc/apache2/tls/www.example.com.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/apache2/tls/www.example.com.key;

    ssl_stapling on;
    ssl_stapling_verify on;
    ssl_trusted_certificate /etc/apache2/tls/www.example.com.ca;
    resolver 8.8.8.8;

    add_header 'X-Frame-Options' 'deny';
    add_header 'X-XSS-Protection' '1; mode=block';
    add_header 'X-Content-Type-Options' 'nosniff';
    add_header 'Strict-Transport-Security' 'max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains';

    if ($http_host != "www.example.com") {
        rewrite ^ https://www.example.com$request_uri? permanent;
    }

    rewrite "^(.*)/[0-9]{10,}-([^/]+)$" $1/$2;

    root "/www/live/test.project/app/public";

    location / {
        try_files $uri @php-fpm;
        location ~* \.(css|js|jpg|jpeg|gif|png|ico|gz|svg|svgz|ttf|otf|woff|eot|mp4|ogg|ogv|webm|pdf)$ {
            expires max;
            try_files $uri @php-fpm;
        }
    }

    location ^~ /a/files/ {
        alias /www/live/test.project/files/;
        location ~* \.(css|js|jpg|jpeg|gif|png|ico|gz|svg|svgz|ttf|otf|woff|eot|mp4|ogg|ogv|webm|pdf)$ {
            expires max;
        }
    }

    location @php-fpm {
        include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php-fpm/php-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root/index.php;
    }

    location ~* (/\.|\.php$) {
        return 404;
    }

}

Also look at:

sendfile on;
sendfile_max_chunk 1m;

https://www.nginx.com/resources/admin-guide/serving-static-content/

Use this for /app/public/a/* and /files/*