“One of the world’s largest rotating 3D world-time displays on a wristwatch”
Lets just get this out-of-the-way, technically the Arnold& Son is not strictly speaking a world-timer watch. It is a beautiful piece of horology, but no matter how hard the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based manufacture tries to hide this in their press releases we know the truth. Some of you are probably wondering what we are talking about. Because of the globe on the watch face Arnold& Son have claimed the watch can be used to tell time in different timezones, but in reality you can’t even tell the time in one additional time zone as is expected from GMT watches.
Now we’ve got that out-of-the-way we can actually look at the positives of this watch. The first is that this a stunning piece of work. The central hemisphere has been intricately designs and the details are out of this world. This is achieved by chemical etching and then polishing a rounded piece of brass, followed by sandblasting the mountainous areas, multiple layers of blue lacquer (in different hues) to achieve the illusion of oceanic depth and a final layer of clear lacquer overall.
The watch 45mm wide by 17.2mm tall, this my kind of watch as it is sure to attract attention. This is one of those watches people will always compliment you on.
The watch is powered by the manufacture calibre A&S6022, an automatic movement which oscillates at 28,800 vph (or 4Hz) and offers a modest power reserve of 45 hours. This is a well-finished movement, which makes the underside of this watch just as interesting and eye-catching as the face.
The only other negative of this watch is the large price tag that comes with it. At £11,000, this watch does not offer much, especially when you consider it doesn’t even serve its primary function of being able to tell time in different timezones. But if I had £11,000 lying around, I would definitely purchase this watch.
Arnold & Son History:
Between the 18th and 19th century, Arnold & Son made a name for itself by creating some of the most precise marine chronometers of the epoch, which were used not just to tell the time, but as navigational instruments to determine longitude and sail safely from one location to another. Arnold & Son chronometers have taken part in extraordinary voyages, including James Cook voyages to the Pacific Ocean, as well as Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated third and final expedition to the icy waters north of Canada in 1845.