With a rich British watchmaking heritage that dates back to the 18thcentury, Arnold & Son masterfully reinterprets history with a visionary eye to the future. Underscoring its watchmaking prowess, Arnold & Son regularly unveils complicated watches with a unique twist. The patented Golden Wheel deftly reflects the brand’s ingenuity and commitment to Haute Horlogerie.
|Golden Wheel: Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement A&S6018, self-winding, silvery and mother-of-pearl dial, 18-carat red gold case, diameter 44 mm, © Arnold & Son|
|Paul Lullin, pocket watch with wondering hours indication, silver, brass and enamel, case signed AH, London, beginning of the 18thcentury © Musée international d’horlogerie (MIH)|
The wandering hours function, also known as a jumping digital hours indication, occupies the top arc of the watch dial (from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock). Beneath it, Arnold & Son fills the time-carrousel of the Golden Wheel with a true beat seconds hand from the central axis – adding visual complexity and elegant motion. The true beat seconds (sometimes referred to as dead beat seconds) is a specialty of Arnold & Son. The precision function enables the seconds to beat incrementally as opposed to sweeping along the dial – allowing for more accurate reading.
The superlative technology and watchmaking expertise inherent in this movement is further enhanced by the fact that Arnold & Son has made the mechanism visible from the dial side in spectacular glory. Not only does the brand use three separate transparent sapphire disks (that seem to float above the dial) for the time indication, but also it elevates many of the other movement parts for an incredible three-dimensional allure. This creative and visionary spirit transforms the Golden Wheel into a thoroughly modern interpretation of the wandering hours.
Exploded view of the movement A&S6018 showing the wandering hours and the true beat seconds complication,
© Arnold & Son
The A&S6018 is a mechanical self-winding movement with 29 jewels and 232 components. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers 50 hours of power reserve. In typical Arnold & Son style, the movement is treated in palladium and is meticulously decorated with Haute Horlogerie finishing, including hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining, Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels and blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. The oscillating weight is skeletonised with brushed surfaces and palladium treated. The magnificent movement is housed in a superb 44 mm 18-carat red gold case. The Golden Wheel is a limited edition of 125 timepieces.
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, 29 jewels, diameter 37.20 mm, thickness 8.00 mm, power reserve 50 h, 28,800 vibrations/h
Palladium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, dial plate NAC grey treated with Côtes de Genève, circular satin-finished wheels, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.
Central time-carrousel: solid 18-carat red gold, satin-finished with hand-chamfered and polished edges.
Oscillating weight: palladium treated, skeletonised with brushed surfaces
Jumping digital hours, minutes and true beat seconds
Silvery and white mother-of-pearl
18-carat red gold, diameter 44 mm, cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather
Limited edition: 125 timepieces