Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection timepieces combine marine precision with aesthetic perfection
After introducing the impressive Royal Collection which was solely inspired by the timepieces made during the earlier part of John Arnold’s life for King George III and the royal court, the Swiss luxury watchmaker Arnold & Son has now unveiled the new Instrument Collection inspired by the timepieces produced during the second part of John Arnold’s life and later, following his death, by his son, John Roger. During that period, Arnolds dedicated themselves exclusively to the quest for absolute precision and solution to the problem of determining longitude accurately and reliably on the high seas, and came up with watches that were technical and scientific ‘instruments’, and became the ultimate choice of the most distinguished mariners and explorers of their day. Now, combining marine precision with aesthetic perfection, the latest Instrument Collection comprising of Instrument DBG Equation GMT, Instrument DBS Equation Sidereal, and Instrument TBR timepieces actually draws on several original timepieces made by John Roger Arnold.
And like the Royal Collection, the new Instrument Collection from Arnold & Son is a family of elegant, exquisitely handcrafted and finished timepieces; the sublime expression of a long and proud tradition.
Instrument DBG Equation GMT
Available in 18-carat rose gold case and stainless steel case, the watch features two separate time displays, each driven by its own barrel and gear train with its own escapement and balance. This enables the wearer to see the time difference between the two zones and also to ascertain whether it is day or night in the second zone.
Instrument DBS Equation Sidereal
Regarded as one of the top ultra complicated watches, this instrument is actually a tribute to two iconic watches, the Nos. 1 and 2, originally crafted by John Roger Arnold that displayed the sidereal time and mean solar on two separate subdials.
Named after its two major complications, the ‘double balance’ and ‘sidereal time’, the watch features newly-developed manufacture A&S1311 calibre.
First timepiece in the new Instrument Collection, it features the first automatic movement with an integrated True Beat system to be developed, designed and manufactured entirely at the workshops in La chaux-de-Fonds. Available in 18-carat rose gold case and stainless steel case, the watch’s initials stands for its two complications, True Beat and Retrograde.