Photo Report: Arnold & Son Chronograph True Beat (live pics and video)

By Thierry Ané on July 9, 2014

Today, we are not focusing our attention on another newly unveiled model but we are rather revisiting a stunning timepiece officially introduced at Baselworld that I have already discussed in a pre-Basel presentationWatches: Arnold & Son Chronograph True Beat last March: the Chronograph True Beat by Arnold & Son.

Part of the “Instrument Collection”, this 44 mm timepiece crafted in stainless steel is faithful to the brand’s unique aesthetics with its beautifully polished case, gently bevelled bezel, fluted crown adorned with the brand’s logo, and chronograph pushers that have been designed to resemble those of antique marine chronometers.

What makes this elegant model so unique, however, is the proprietary self-winding A&S7103 calibre that ticks inside. This mechanical movement with column-wheel operated chronograph is the very first in the world to incorporate a central chronograph seconds hand on the same axis as the central true beat seconds hand but with different jumping intervals!

Protected by two patents, this technical achievement also gives birth to the most mesmerizing chronograph I have ever seen. The deadbeat seconds hand jumps by one second increments to allow for an accurate reading of the time while the chronograph seconds hand sweeps smoothly along the dial: it gives the impression of trying to catch up with the true beat seconds hand but never really managing to do so. I could watch this entrancing cat and mouse game all day long!

This amazing show is staged on an otherwise very sober and classic multi-level grey and silvery opaline dial. The hours and minutes are in a small sub-dial with Roman numerals located at 12 o’clock perfectly balanced out by a 60-minute chronograph counter placed at the 6 o’clock position. Traditional flamed-blue hands provide the finishing touch to this extremely refined model.

On my pre-Basel articleWatches: Arnold & Son Chronograph True Beat, I was complaining that the brand only provided front pictures of this Chronograph True Beat: a real shame considering the magnificent Haute Horlogerie finishing of all Arnold & Son’s timepieces. I can now offer you some live pictures of the transparent case back for you to admire the hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, bi-directional skeleton oscillating weight, and the screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.

The stainless steel Chronograph True Beat is mounted on a black alligator strap and secured by a traditional pin buckle. A rose gold version mounted on brown alligator will also be available (unfortunately, we have no official pictures of this version). The former retails for US$ 26,500 and one will have to spend US$ 42,500 for the latter. Both models should be available this summer. For more information please visit Arnold & Son online.

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