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Arnold & Son

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.


John Arnold was born in Cornwall in 1736 as the son of a watchmaker. He left England for the Netherlands at the age of 19 and returned to London two years later speaking excellent German. This stood him in good stead at the court of George III, from the house of Hanover, to whom Arnold presented the smallest repeating watch ever made.

He was one of the most inventive watchmakers of his day and held patents for a detent escapement, bimetallic balance and helical balance spring. Arnold also played a central role in the significant events of his age, such as the competition to determine longitude at sea, and won several grants and awards offered by the British Parliament.

John Arnold is born.
John Roger Arnold joins his father’s firm and Arnold & Son quickly becomes the leading supplier of timepieces to the Royal Navy.
Relaunch of the brand in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Arnold & Son becomes a vertically integrated “manufacture”developing and producing its own movements in-house.
Arnold & Son celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Arnold & Son belongs to a select group of watchmaking companies in Switzerland entitled to call themselves a manufacture, a French term reserved exclusively for watch companies who develop and produce their own movements.

Unlike other watch manufacturers, who often use the same calibre for different models, Arnold & Son develops a new movement for every single model. Today, the brand maintains a product philosophy established well over 200 years ago, combining traditional, hand-finished craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology.


Instrument Collection

This collection recalls the endeavours of John Arnold and his son John Roger Arnold in their quest for absolute precision as a means of solving the problem of determining longitude.

Royal Collection

A collection dedicated to a period when it was the English, rather than the Swiss, dominated the world of watchmaking. Its name pays tribute to the royal connections of John Arnold.