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Arnold & Son - Globetrotter, Tourbillon Chronometer 36 and Nebula

Arnold & Son Globetrotter, Tourbillon Chronometer 36 and Nebula

Ahead of Baselworld, Arnold & Son unveils three new watches: two in the Royal Collection and one in the Instrument Collection. The Globetrotter is by far the most innovative.

The Instrument Collection pays tribute to the watches made by John Arnold, and subsequently his son, John Roger Arnold, to solve one of the major preoccupations of their time. Towards the end of the 18th century, the search for greater precision and for a means of calculating longitude at sea occupied many British horologers, foremost among whom were the Arnolds, father and son. The success of their marine chronometers is a testament to their accomplishments.

Globetrotter

The new Globetrotter from the Instrument Collection is a timepiece for the 21st century explorer who simply needs to know what time it is at home while travelling to a different time zone. Presented in a steel 45-mm case with a total height of 17.2 mm – including the domed sapphire crystal – the watch’s distinctive feature is its central bridge that arches across the dial, supporting a detailed representation of the Earth’s northern hemisphere. With sandblasted mountains, hand-lacquered oceans in different shades of blue, and crisply defined continents, this representation of the earth is visually stunning. Around the edge of the globe, a sapphire disc shows the 24 hours of the day. Between 6 and 18 the disc is completely transparent, with a darker metallic coating to differentiate the night-time hours, after 6 pm. Blued steel hands coated with red lacquer, mounted underneath the hemisphere, indicate local time and home time on the dial and sapphire disc respectively.

Globetrotter, Tourbillon Chronomètre 36 et Nebula

Globetrotter © Arnold & Son

The Globetrotter is driven by the automatic A&S6022 movement, entirely developed and made by Arnold & Son. All of the watch’s adjustments are made via a unique three-position crown. The central rotor, engraved with a hobnail motif with a black ADLC treatment, provides a 45-hour power reserve. The rest of the movement features a variety of haute horlogerie finishes.
Price: CHF 14,990 plus VAT.

Globetrotter, Tourbillon Chronomètre 36 et Nebula

Calibre A&S6022 © Arnold & Son

Tourbillon Chronometer No.36 Tribute Edition

In 2017, Arnold & Son unveiled a 28-piece limited edition, a tribute to Chronometer No. 36 (or Arnold 36), which the English watchmaker made in 1778, and which has entered horological history books as the first pocket watch to be designated a chronometer. The tributes continue this year, the 240th anniversary of this historic piece, with two new versions of the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 in the Royal Collection. One is in red gold with an anthracite dial, and the other is steel with a black dial. And, luckily for watch lovers, they are no longer limited editions. The other difference is in the materials and colours of the A&S8600 movement: the red gold version has a grey NAC-treated baseplate and palladium-treated bridges, while the movement of the steel version has a black baseplate and grey bridges.
Prices: CHF 49,210 (red gold); CHF 33,200 (steel) plus VAT.

Globetrotter, Tourbillon Chronomètre 36 et Nebula

Tourbillon Chronometer No.36, red gold and stainless steel © Arnold & Son

Nebula Lady

The skeletonised Nebula model is not new to the Royal Collection, which already includes rose gold and steel versions. The new 50-piece limited edition Lady in red gold, with 90 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel, comes in exactly the same 41.5 mm diameter as its predecessors. But the feminine detailing doesn’t stop at diamonds. The watch is a symphony of light colours: its seven elegant triangular bridges in red gold (from a total of 10) stand out against the a palladium baseplate, complemented by a white leather strap. Balance is the watchword of the Nebula, which is symmetrical not just vertically and horizontally, but also from back to front. The hand-wound A&S5101 skeleton movement has a power reserve of 90 hours, supplied by two barrels. Brushed and chamfered bridges, gold chatons and bevelled and polished screws all attest to the meticulous finish of this watch.
Price : 28,648.-  CHF (incl. VAT)

Globetrotter, Tourbillon Chronomètre 36 et Nebula

Nebula Lady © Arnold & Son

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Named after John Arnold, the English watchmaker of the 18th century renowned for his work on chronometers and marine chronometers, Arnold & Son perpetuates the legacy of its namesake from the heart of the modern-day Swiss watch industry.

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