Monday, March 6, 2017

Arnold & Son Instrument DSTB, New Stainless Steel Edition

Arnold & Son unveils a new stainless steel edition of the DSTB (Dial Side True Beat), an haute Horlogerie collection that demonstrates the brand’s rich British history and quality Swiss craftsmanship.

Equipped with an in-house mechanical movement and featuring the true beat seconds, a traditional complication of Arnold & Son, the DSTB watch pays tribute to the watches produced by John Arnold during the second half of his career, when he and his son were the first to develop marine chronometers that could be produced in quantity at reasonable prices. Those technically superior, widely distributed chronometers reflected Arnold & Son’s commitment to exceptional precision and solved the problem of determining longitude at sea.
The newly designed automatic movement showcases the true beat seconds' mechanism entirely on the dial side. Not just the hands, but also the lever, wheels and three palladium treated true beat seconds bridges are located in all their beauty on the dial side. Making the watch even more alluring is the fact that the true beat seconds lever is shaped like an anchor – paying homage to Arnold’s maritime achievements.
The true beat seconds are superbly indicated via a large sapphire dial that occupies the top left portion of the dial at 11 o’clock. At the 4 o’clock position, a domed and white lacquered subdial indicates the hours and the minutes via blued hands. These generously proportioned, overlapping indications translate into a stunning three-dimensional dial.
This restructuring of the intricate mechanism yields a concept not achieved in the watch industry heretofore. The self-winding calibre A&S6003 has 229 components. In true Arnold & Son style, the palladium treated movement features Haute Horlogerie finishing with hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges, polished edges and fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The visible dial plate is blue PVD treated with large circular finishing, and screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.
Belongs to the prestigious instrument collection, this new timepiece comes dressed in a 43.5 mm stainless steel case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback for viewing the superbly finished movement, complete with skeletonized oscillating weight.

Technical details
Model: DSTB, stainless steel (Instrument Collection)
Reference: 1ATAS.U01A.C121S

Movement
Calibre: A&S6003
Manufacture Arnold & Son movement, self-winding, 32 jewels, diameter 38 mm, thickness 7.39 mm, power reserve 45 h, 28,800 vibrations/h

Functions
Hours, minutes, true beat seconds

Movement decoration
Palladium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève
rayonnantes, dial plate blue PVD treated with large circular finishing, circular satin-finished wheels, blued screws with bevelled and mirror- polished heads
True beat seconds bridges: palladium treated, satin-finished with hand-chamfered and polished edges
Oscillating weight: NAC grey treated, skeletonized with brushed surfaces

Dial
Domed and white lacquered, sapphire

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 43.5 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

Recommended Retail Price
Stainless steel case version: CHF 27’900 (VAT excl.)

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