The new Eight-Day Royal Navy watch is a testament to Arnold & Son’s tradition of building marine chronometers. Equipped with a new eight-day power reserve movement, it is part of the sophisticated Royal Collection that took its inspiration from the timepieces commissioned by King George III.
A&S1016 calibre features an eight-day power reserve and has a fully integrated power reserve display and date function. Despite all these features, the movement is only 4.7 mm thick. To further underscore this technical excellence and in typical Arnold & Son tradition, the 242-part, 33-jewel A&S1016 calibre is meticulously finished: the entire palladium-treated nickel-silver movement features hand finishing indicative of the finest haute horlogerie timepieces, including skeletonized and chamfered bridges with polished edges, Côtes de Genève rayonnantes and fine circular graining, circular-grained wheels, and blued screws with polished and chamfered edges. The main jewels are set in solid 18-carat gold chatons.
The Eight-Day Royal Navy watch measures 43 mm in diameter, and its classically elegant stainless-steel case just 10.7 mm in height. Viewed from the side, the housing is stepped and tapers from top to bottom, the widest section accommodating the extra-large glass with the lower part narrowing to fit snugly on the wrist. As an indication of the attention to detail, the satin-finished inserts in the horns can be dismantled during servicing and re-satinized if necessary. The timepiece naturally features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and case back to view the intricate details.
The watch is available with a choice of three guilloché dials in different colours: silver grey, black anthracite or the shade of royal blue typical of the brand. Further examples of the attention to detail are the colour of the date disc and the exquisite hand-aged calfskin strap, both of which match the colour of the dial. Overall, the Eight-Day Royal Navy is a beguiling work of technical mastery and fine art.
Manufacture Arnold & Son mechanical movement, hand-wound, 33 jewels, diameter 33 mm, thickness 4.70 mm, power reserve 192 h (eight days), double barrel, 21,600 beats per hour
Movement decoration: Palladium-treated nickel-silver movement, main plate featuring haute horlogerie finishing: Skeletonized hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, côtes de Genève rayonnantes, fine circular graining, circular-grained wheels, blued screws, screwed gold chatons, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads
Guilloché polished lacquer
Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator, digital date
Stainless steel, diameter 43 mm, cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m
Hand-stitched blue, black or brown, hand-aged calf leather