Arnold & Son, the legendary British watchmaking company, history stretches all the the way back to 1764, when a young clockmaker named John Arnold was noticed by King George III. As part of King George III’s court, he created a range of timepieces, specializing in watches for oceanic exploration. The brand slowly went dormant over the years, but was revitalized in 1998 and has again been a presence in the luxury watch world ever since. Below are a few highlights from Arnold & Son’s 2012 lineup. And make sure to click on the names of these three handsome mens watches to view them at Luxury Bazaar!.
This different look at an open-face watch gives a 3D view of the mechanics normally seen through the back of a watch, such as the balance wheel. “True Beat” is Arnold & Son’s nicer sounding term for “dead beat” seconds. “Dead beat” seconds is a term for mechanical watches that make a ticking sound. With the advent of quartz watches with their ticking seconds hand, mechanical watches have moved to silent seconds, to avoid the association with cheap quartz watches. This watch displays the 100 hour power reserve and small seconds dial, on its 46mm case, coming in either steel or 18 karat rose gold shown here.
The elaborate complication makes an ultimate traveler’s watch, with 24 time zones, named after key cities. It lets you track three time zones simultaneously, your primary timezone, with the silver hour and minute hands, with the gold sun and arrow hands displaying 2 more timezones, in quarter and half-hours. The sun hand can also be used to display the mean solar time, according to your latitude. The short opened gold arrow hand displays the month. The shortest gold arrow hand displays the “equation of time” which distinguishes between solar and mean solar time. It tops it off with a big date display at the 5 o’clock position. As you can see, there is a crown and three push buttons to set the wide range of time options available. This is all fitted onto a planet-sized 47mm steel case.
This addition to the HMS1 collection is a tribute to the “Year of the Dragon”. This dragon special edition uses a 40mm 18 karat rose gold case, with a black lacquered dial. A 22 karat solid gold dragon appliqué is applied to the dial. The appliqué method is completed by an skilled specific craftsman, who uses special hardened steel tools to build up a 3D sculpture, in this case an intricately detailed dragon, made of luxurious 22 karat solid gold. The 3D form of the dragon gives a remarkable feeling of depth against the ultra-thin watch, which movement is only 2.7mm thick. Also available in a more opulent version, made of rose gold with a diamond-set bezel, this piece is limited to only 50 pieces.
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