Watches: Arnold & Son Dial Side True Beat (live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 17, 2014
When I think of all the design elements that make a Haute Horology watch perfectly accomplished in my view, Arnold & Son models tick all the right boxes. In this instance, it all starts with a gently curved and nicely polished red god case mounted on a luxurious alligator strap. They perfectly enhance the magnificent NAC grey dial with circular finishing and a beautifully classic white lacquered hours and minutes sub-dial with Roman numerals and blued hollowed hands. But what makes a high-end model very special is the staging of its main complication, in this case the deadbeat seconds orchestrated in a spectacular way here thanks to the presence of a huge sapphire seconds dial ring and the deadbeat seconds’ mechanism in plain sight on the dial side.
I have already presented the Dial Side True Beat in a previous postWatches: Arnold & Son Dial Side True Beat when the brand sent us a press release before Baselworld. The watch is so beautiful though, that I could not resist discussing it again with my personal impressions and our live pictures from the fair.
Limited to 50 pieces and part of the Instrument Collection, the latest Dial Side True Beat has been created to commemorate the brand’s 250 years of British refinement and quality Swiss craftsmanship.
It is done with great fanfare thanks to the newly developed in-house self-winding A&S6003 calibre that animates this model. It features a true beat seconds which in itself is a traditional complication for the brand, but what makes it unique here is that the watchmakers have placed the lever, the wheels and the three rose gold treated bridges of the deadbeat seconds mechanism on the dial side for everyone to enjoy.
The show is really astonishing and it is really hard to take your eyes off the majestic sapphire dial where a long blued arrow hand ticks with exactly one move per second as the lever shaped like an anchor in homage to John Arnold’s maritime achievements moves backwards and forwards in a fascinating jerky ballet.
The back of the watch is probably as beautiful and captivating as the front. Unfortunately, however, the brand has not released any official pictures of the movement side and I could only tell you that the movement was finished with the same stringent standards the brand is used to.
After our visit to the Arnold & Son stand, though, I am now able to confirm the splendid Haute Horology finishing of this palladium-treated movement and bring you some live pictures. Marvell at the fine circular graining and the brand’s Côtes de Genève rayonnantes but don’t forget to admire the hand-chamfered and perfectly polished edges or the blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Every detail up to the skeletonised rhodium-treated oscillating weight indicates that you are in the presence of the most refined movement.
Needless to say, the Dial Side True Beat looks sensational on the wrist and I was really sad to have to take it off and leave it on the stand! This is a really special model with a very limited production of only 50 pieces that makes it even more desirable. In my view, this was without a doubt one of the five most beautiful timepieces I have seen this year, SIHH and Baselworld combined.