Arnold & Son is a highly productive manufacture. Each time the brand comes out with another novelty, we can’t help but emphasize this point. Just look at all the watches they created last year, each and every one with a unique movement, and you’ll understand that only a few manufactures are able to develop so many new models. 2015 is here and Arnold & Son adds (again) a truly interesting watch to the Instrument Collection: the Golden Wheel. We take a closer look on our blog, Monochrome Watches.
The Golden Wheel combines the first-ever wandering hours function with the true beat seconds complication. Once again, Arnold & Son provides a highly complicated display with a legible and elegant visual interpretation. The manufacture movement was three years in the making from concept to development. The wandering hours function, also known as a jumping digital hours indication, occupies the top arc of the watch dial (from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock). It is composed of 3 sapphire discs that rotate first on a central axis and then on their own axes. The hour numeral is used as a pointer for the minutes when running on the top arc. At the top, Arnold & Son fills the time-carousel of the Golden Wheel with a true beat seconds hand from the central axis – adding visual complexity and elegant motion.
The central time- carousel is crafted in solid 18-carat red gold – giving its name to the watch. The top arc on which the hours are running is made of mother of pearl. Beneath the technical elements sit the main plate of the movement, a grey coated dial finished with straight Geneva stripes. Talking about finishings, the rest of the movement is also decorated to Haute Horlogerie standards: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining, rayonnantes Geneva Stripes, circular satin-finished wheels and blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. The automatic movement beats at 28.800bph, comes with a skeletonized rotor and boasts 50 hours of power reserve.