Watchmaker Arnold & Son’s rich British heritage, together with their quality Swiss craftsmanship, of course, remains the key factor behind the success of their striking timepieces. The fact that founder John Arnold once presented a small half-quarter repeating watch, mounted in a ring, to King George III, and his timepieces accompaniment of many famous explorers on their voyages of discovery only add to the brand’s legendary status.
While the pre-Basel red gold limited edition DSTB (Dial Side True Beat) with its traditional English frosted finish may not have such a strong story to tell, the featured true beat mechanism is a tribute to the marine chronometers produced by John Arnold and his son in the late 18th century. The anchor shaped true beat seconds lever pays further homage to Arnold’s maritime achievements. The silvery opaline main time dial at the 4 o’clock position, features Roman numerals and blued steel hands. The visible dial plate is NAC grey treated with traditional English frosted finish, creates a distinctive sparkling surface. The self-winding A&S6003 movement has 229 components. It is housed inside a 43.5mm 18-carat red gold case and can be viewed through the anti-reflective sapphire case back. This edition of DSTB is limited to only 125 pieces and will be highly collectable.