Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Arnold & Son DTE (Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time Watch) White Gold Limited Edition

Arnold & Son announces a new white gold version of its Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch (DTE), a marvel of mechanical mastery and aesthetic elegance.

Renowned for its innovative technology and technical prowess Arnold & Son continually brings horological excellence to new heights. Such is the case with the new DTE reference, which joins the brand’s much-coveted Instrument Collection, whose signature is in-house manufactured movements inspired by the timepieces produced during the second part of John Arnold’s life when he and his son, John Roger, dedicated themselves to the quest for absolute precision.

The DTE is a masterpiece of symmetry, balance and three-dimensional beauty combined with technical foresight and ultimate performance precision. The watch, powered by the mechanical hand-wound calibre A&S8513, brings the centuries-old tradition of double movements back to life – in 21stcentury style. It features two separate time zone displays – each of which can be set independently from the other thanks to dedicated setting mechanisms. Each has its own gear train and its own tourbillon escapement.
In addition to the double tourbillon escapement and the dual dial/dual time indication, the watch is incredibly efficient in that it not only offers local time in hours and minutes, but also offers hours and minutes of a second time zone to be set separately – thereby enabling the wearer to have precise time in zones that differ from Greenwich Mean Time by quarter- or half-hour increments. The double barrels of the watch offer a superb 90 hours of power reserve.

In typical Arnold & Son style, the watch is incredibly detailed and features superlative Haute Horlogerie finishing. The dial side of the timepiece offers symmetry and depth. It features two silvery opaline dials – one each at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock – for the dual time displays. The two tourbillon escapements are harmoniously balanced at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock and seem to float over the dial thanks to their alluring raised 18-carat white gold bridges. The backdrop for these double dials and double tourbillon escapements is a magnificently decorated vertical Côtes de Genève stripes plate treated in NAC grey. The two crowns – one each for setting the local and the home time – are located at 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock, and the two mainsprings are wound using the crown at 2 o’clock.
The 43.5 mm DTE is created in 18-carat white gold. The silvery opaline dials (with Roman numerals in one and Arabic numerals in the other) are accented with blued hour and minute hands. The back of the watch features a transparent sapphire crystal for viewing the splendidly decorated nickel-silver movement with NAC grey treatment.

Technical details
Model: DTE, White Gold (Instrument Collection)
Limited edition: 28 timepieces
Reference: 1DTAW.S01A.C121W

Movement
Calibre: A&S8513
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical double tourbillon movement, hand-wound, 42 jewels, diameter 37.3 mm, thickness 8.35 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h

Movement decoration: Nickel-silver movement, NAC grey treated with superlative 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

Tourbillon: 18-carat white gold bridges, satin-finished and mirror polished surfaces with hand-chamfered and polished edges. Hand-chamfered and mirror-polished tourbillon cages

Functions
Local hours and minutes, GMT hours and minutes, double tourbillon

Dial
Silvery opaline

Case
18-carat white gold, diameter 43.5 mm, cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

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