Regardless of the big 44mm instance, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton wears quite well, with its slender 9.89millimeter profile easily slipping below a shirt cuff and the tapered lugs nicely hugging the wrist. The case is made from 4N rose gold along with the sapphire crystal has anti-reflective coating on both sides to help remove distracting reflections. My mind went into the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre versions, but in which they provide twin barrels regulated by precisely the same balance wheel, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton goes complete monoblock mode for each dial, if the Hi-Fi analogy is in any way apt for describing a wristwatch.Minor legibility and aesthetic caveats aside, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton is a handsome watch which manages to walk the fine line between attention-seeking and refinement with its bold, yet slender situation and gold-on-silver colour. A whole lot of performance is on offer for travellers who can use the well-executed GMT complication, and lovers of mechanical watches are rewarded with views of these dual balance wheels with every glance in the wrist. It’s good to see that the historic title of Arnold & Son still producing timepieces that push the boundaries of motion style, and do so in a well executed, thoughtful manner.
To mark the brand’s 250th anniversary, Arnold & Son will unveil the Royal TEC1, a chronograph with flying tourbillon is powered by the proprietary A&S8305 movement.
250 years ago John Arnold was one of England’s leading horologists, making clocks and watches for both the British Navy and the King. Today the resurrected brand name marks that anniversary with a tourbillon chronograph, which will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2014. Inside is the A&S8305 calibre, developed by Arnold & Son’s sister company La Joux-Perret. Self-winding with a 55 hour power reserve, the movement has a tourbillon at 12 o’clock and a column wheel-controlled chronograph. A sub-dial at six records the elapsed minutes, while the elapsed seconds are in the centre. Because the tourbillon makes one revolution every minute, it also functions as the constant seconds hand. The rose gold case is 45 mm in diameter.
Arnold & Son’s strategy has been to create complicated timepieces priced lower than the equivalent of its competition, with the UTTE Tourbillon being a good example. So the Royal TEC1 retails for 92,448 Swiss francs, or about US$104,000, which is a substantial sum of money, but relatively less than what such timepieces usually go for.