Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Arnold & Son DSTB Limited Edition
WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is the recently revamped Arnold & Son brand, which will showcase its limited-edition Arnold & Son DSTB (Dial Side True Beat) at the events.
Part of Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection, the DTSB was created as a tribute to 250th anniversary of the brand, which traces its history back to the pioneering English watchmaker John Arnold (1736-1799). Arnold and his son were pioneers in the making of highly precise marine chronometers, essential timekeeping tools for that seafaring era that helped determine one’s longitude at sea.
The Arnold & Son DSTB, a limited edition of only 50 pieces, has its entire “true-beat” seconds mechanism — the hands, lever, wheels, and rose-gold-plated bridges — mounted entirely on the dial side of the watch’s movement. The mechanism, which indicates the seconds on a large, sapphire subdial ring in the dial’s upper left portion, pays visual tribute to early marine chronometers with its anchor-shaped lever. Elsewhere on the dial, at 4 o’clock, a white lacquered, domed subdial with blued hands indicates the hours and minutes. The overlap of this off-center hours-and-minutes subdial by the sapphire true-beat seconds ring creates a three-dimensional effect on the DSTB’s dial.
The watch’s movement, automatic Caliber A&S6003, is made in-house, as are all Arnold & Son watch movements, and palladium-treated. Made up of 229 components, including 32 jewels, it has a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 50 hours. Its various haute horlogerie finishes include hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges, polished edges, fine circular graining and sunray côtes de Genève. The skeletonized rotor is rhodium-treated, with brushed surfaces. The dial plate is NAC gray with a large circular finish; the blued screws have bevelled and mirror-polished heads.
The case of the Arnold & Son DSTB is 18k rose gold and measures 43.5 mm in diameter. It has a domed sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides as well as a sapphire exhibition caseback through which the wearer can view the movement. The watch comes on a hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather strap.
IBG 2014 attendees will have a chance to see the Arnold & Son DSTB Limited Edition — as well as other new Arnold & Son timepieces from Baselworld 2014 — up close and in person. Click
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