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THE ARNOLD AND SON DOUBLE TOURBILLON DUAL TIME DTE: REFINEMENT DEFINED
Arnold and Son Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time DTE watch with red gold case.
Originally conceived as part of the Arnold and Son’s 250th-anniversary celebrations, the Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, was designed to both reflect Arnold & Son’s illustrious history in clock and watchmaking, and offer the very highest levels of contemporary craftsmanship. Now shipping, this limited edition gold case watch is an addition to the list in the Instrument rather than Royal Collection from the Arnold and Son Switzerland watch brand which is now a firmly established seller of a true masterpiece, limited-edition watches.
Like all the watches in the Arnold and Son Collections, including models such as the UTTE, CTB, DBG Skeleton, Time Pyramid, Time Pyramid Tourbillon and Globetrotter, the red gold case Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, offers an unmistakable combination of traditional English watch and clock making design features and processes during manufacture, in combination with the exquisite detail of contemporary movements: with vintage echoes across the dial, a case in Red Gold, an abundance of sapphire, exceptional power reserve, stainless steel, gold, enamel and a simple display with no chronograph, this is a true chronometer for the discerning gentleman, with a style that is beyond compare and is shipping at an appropriate price point. The red gold case Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, from Arnold and Son, watches is a joy of polished metals, sapphire and double lacquer and features not just dual hour and minute time displays on its face, but is a timepiece with dual tourbillons, all set across the dial with four beautiful bridges.
John Arnold, the founder of the firm which would become Arnold and Son, rose to fame after the presentation of the smallest repeating watch ever known, to England’s King George II on the 4th June 1764. Encouraged by the King, he applied himself to solving the puzzle of calculating Longitude using a chronometer, work that was to lead to the creation of some of the finest clocks, chronometers and timepieces ever crafted, an intimate connection with the Royal Navy, HMS vessels, ships’ clocks, Greenwich, where the GMT meridian was placed, and pioneering seafaring voyages of exploration on both HMS and private ships. Shortly after John Arnold’s death, legendary Paris watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, presented his son, John Roger Arnold, who had indeed apprenticed with Breguet in Paris, France, for two years, with a stunning piece of work: his first Breguet tourbillon escapement (No.169), mounted in one of John Arnold’s earliest pocket chronometers (the No.11 movement. It was then, only proper that the red gold case Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, would not only celebrate the work of Arnold and his son and their royal and navy connections but the tourbillon itself and the English watchmakers’ very personal connection with it. Similarly, bearing in mind Arnold’s penchant for symmetry and their associations with both the continental watchmaking tradition and globetrotting, that any anniversary celebration piece would have not one, but two tourbillons, and offer not one, but two time dials on its face, for two different time zones.
The design parameters for the Arnold and Son Double red gold Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, necessitated an entirely new red gold case and design of the movement, of both aesthetic and technical merit. The result is an incredible timepiece. In beautiful symmetry, two time, hour and minute dials are set at 12 and 6 o’clock, the upper, featuring Roman numerals, for local time, and the lower, with Arabic numerals, for the second time zone. Dedicated gear-trains for each time dial offer separate setting mechanisms for each of the dual time display dials, variable in a quarter or half-hour increments from Greenwich Mean Time. The in-house designed, manual, hand-wound Caliber A&S8513 movement that lies at the heart of the red gold case Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, also had to provide dual tourbillons, and it does so with some panache: the two slightly domed, white double-lacquered white dial faces, forgoing the silvery opaline finish of other watch models such as the UTTE, are further highlighted by blued hour and minute hands, while the instrument’s dual exposed tourbillon escapements are set at 3 and 9 o’clock, complete with raised, 18 carat red-gold bridges, mixing satin and mirror polished surfaces, and hand chamfered and polished edges. The tourbillon cages themselves are likewise hand chamfered and then mirror polished. As you would expect, this level of Haute Horlogerie hand finishing extends to every other element of this dual time, double tourbillon edition watch. The movement’s dual dials and dual tourbillon escapements are set on a magnificent stage, a clearly visible movement baseplate sumptuously decorated with perpendicular Cotes de Geneve stripes, all visible from the front of the instrument. The 43.5mm 18 carat red gold case, features two opposing low-profile crowns set at 2 and 8 o’clock, for the setting of the hours and minutes of both local and home time respectively, and a transparent sapphire case back, offering a stunning view of the nickel silver movement. The Arnold and Son designed A&S853 calibre that forms the heart of the magnificent Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE watch features a manual winding double barrel system capable of providing an incredible 90-hour power reserve.
If you are a collector of the finest vintage or modern Swiss watches, appreciate the beauty and accuracy of tourbillon escapement movements or simply have a true need for a hand wound movement with an exceptional power reserve, the red gold case Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch, or DTE, a limited edition timepiece in the ‘Instrument Collection’ from Arnold and Son, is a true chronometer, worthy of any gentlemen’s watch wishlist. Of course, while it’s not on your wrist you can spend hours admiring the hand chamfered and polished nickel silver movement and the wonders of the double tourbillon and geartrain within their sumptuous red gold setting.
REFERENCE 1DTAW.S01A.C121W – LIMITED EDITION OF 28 PIECES
– 18K white gold
– Diameter 43.5 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back
– Local hours & minutes
– GMT hours & minutes
– Double tourbillon
– Manufacture hand-wound caliber A&S8513
– Double tourbillon
– 42 jewels
– Diameter 37.3 mm
– Thickness 8.35 mm
– Power reserve 90 h
– Double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h
– Water resistance : 30m
– Nickel-silver movement, NAC grey treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing :
– Hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges,
– Fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes,
– Plate dial side with Côtes de Genève,
– Circular satin-finished wheels with hand-chamfered and polished edges,
– Screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads
– 18K white gold bridges,
– Satin-finished and mirror polished surfaces with hand-chamfered and polished edges – Hand-chamfered and mirror-polished tourbillon cages.
– Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather
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