Arnold & Son’s HMS1 Collection Strives for Classical Elegance

Arnold & Son HMS1 Rose Gold caseArnold & Son, the Swiss watch brand based in La Chaux-de-Fonds and named for 18th-century London watchmaker John Arnold, has released a new collection of elegantly simple watches called HMS1. The name harks back to John Arnold’s history as a supplier of marine chronometers to the British Royal Navy.

The quartet of new watches includes two in stainless steel cases, with a white or anthracite dial ($9,885 and $10,095, respectively); one in an 18k rose gold case with an anthracite dial ($15,165); and one in an 18k white gold case with a silver-colored dial ($16,640). All the cases are 40 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 30 meters, and feature curved sapphire crystals with nonreflective coating on both sides as well as sapphire exhibition casebacks.

The watches contain Arnold & Son’s in-house, hand-wound movement, Caliber A&S1001, which powers the hours, minutes and small seconds display at 6 ‘clock on the dial. The movement is only 2.7 mm thick, but incorporates two barrels providing a lengthy 80-hour power reserve, a rarity in a watch in this price segment. The two-barrel system helps to provides more constant power and more constant force, which, the company says, will result in improved timekeeping accuracy. Caliber A&S1001 has 21 jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 21,000 vph.
Arnold & Son HMS1 steel gray dial

HMS1 with steel case and anthracite dial (Ref. 1LCAP.S02A.C111S)

Arnold & Son HMS1 rose gold gray dial

HMS1 in rose gold case (Ref. 1LCAP.S04A.C110A)

Arnold & Son also takes pride in its the decorative touches applied to the movement, which include rhodium treatment (in the gold-case models) or NAC gray finishing (in the steel-case models); manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and côtes de Genève, and blued screws.

The watches come with alligator leather straps (black for the steel and white-gold models, brown for the rose-gold) that feature hand-stitching. Each of the HMS1 watches is limited to 250 pieces.
Arnold & Son HMS1 steel white dial

HMS1 with steel case and white dial (Ref. 1LCAS.S01A.C111S)

Arnold & Son HMS1 white gold

HMS1 with white-gold case (Ref. 1LCAW.S03A.C111W)

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Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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