Watches: Arnold & Son Chronograph True Beat
By Thierry Ané on March 20, 2014
Just a month ago, Arnold & Son unveiled their very first in-house chronograph movement with a tourbillon escapement. Naturally, I have discussed this impressive Royal TEC1 Tourbillon ChronographWatches: Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph on Watch Agora and I am really anxious to discover this magnificent addition to the “Royal Collection” first-hand next week at Baselworld.
Considering all the amazing sneak previews the brand has offered over the past few months, I was not expecting to receive some press material on another chronograph that I knew would be introduced in Basel. Nevertheless, I am extremely excited to be able to present the stunning Chronograph True Beat to you today!
First of all, an apology: when it comes to Arnold & Son I am honestly short of qualifying adjectives to describe their sensational work! I therefore really don’t know how I will be able to find words to express how impressed I am (once again) with a newcomer to the “Instrument Collection” that showcases a “world first” protected by two patents...
As the name of the watch implies, the A&S7103 calibre inside the Chronograph True Beat features two important complications never combined in this manner before. It is a column-wheel operated chronograph with a central seconds hand and a 60-minute chronograph counter located at 6 o’clock. This proprietary mechanical self-winding movement movement stores energy bi-directionally thanks to ceramic ball bearings and offers more than 50 hours of power reserve.
What makes it so special is the presence of the iconic complication of the “Instrument Collection”, namely a “true beat” seconds. The true beat seconds (or deadbeat seconds) is a precision function wherein the seconds beat incrementally as opposed to sweeping along the dial. In this watchmaking marvel, the chronograph seconds hand and the true beat seconds hand are both mounted on the same central axis! This is an extraordinary technical achievement that deserves the “world first” appellation so often bandied about by so many brands…
If technical achievements per se do not move you that much, you will be glad to learn that this particular one is very visual and therefore particularly spectacular. When the chronograph is off, the true beat seconds hand moves across the dial by little jumps of one second. When the chronograph is activated, the other central hand starts sweeping along the dial and the contrast between these two hands progressing at different jumping intervals is visually breathtaking.
In the version presented here, the Chronograph True Beat is housed in a 44 mm stainless steel case mounted on black alligator strap with a stainless steel pin buckle but I would not be too surprised to see a rose or red gold version at Baselworld as well. The light grey dial with silvery opaline sud-dials and flange is absolutely beautiful and perfectly complemented by the blued hands. In pure Arnold & Son style, the transparent case back reveals the superlative Haute Horology finishing of this NAC grey treated movement. Expect hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels, as well as screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.
This is another sensational model from one of the most creative brands in the industry. Like all the other timepieces offered by this brand, the Chronograph True Beat combines in-house movement with innovative complications with outstanding design and superlative finishing: a watch lover’s dream…