Watches: Arnold & Son DBG Equation GMT

By Thierry Ané on December 2, 2013

Arnold & Son has just won the “Best Multi-Time Zone” award for its DBG Equation GMT model during the 9th edition of the Middle East Premier Award hosted by Arabian Watches & Jewellery Magazine. This is just another achievement for a brand that piled up more awards than any other this year. Given the amazing classic looking yet technically avant-garde timepieces the brand has released over the last two years, Arnold & Son truly deserves its place in the spotlight.

This new award gives me the opportunity to discuss an amazing timepiece that I have not covered yet on Watch-Agora: the DBG Equation GMT.

Part of the Instrument collection, this masterpiece of symmetry offers two separate time displays, on silvery opaline sub-dials, integrated into a single movement. Each display is driven by its own barrel and gear train and uses its own escapement and balance (DBG actually stands for “Double Balance GMT”). The display of several time zones is a common complication but what makes this watch so special is that each time zone can be set to the minute.

For instance, on the Panerai Radiomir 10 Days GMT Abu Dhabi that we recently added to Watches of 2013, there is a unique central hand for the second time zone. Both time zones can thus only differ in full hours. On the Villeret Half-Timezone 8 Days introduced in 2011 by Blancpain, the minutes hand of the second time zone can differ from the reference time by half-hour increments. Very few timepieces give you the flexibility to display any time zone difference like the DBG Equation GMT model or, to give another example, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 42 Hémisphères.

The watch is powered by Arnold & Son’s exclusive A&S1209 calibre. This manual mechanical movement beats at 21,600 vph and offers 40 hours of power reserve. As you can see on the pictures, this nickel-silver movement presents the finishing expected from a Haute Horology timepiece: manually chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”, and beautiful blued screws.

The 43 mm case is offered in steel or in a more luxurious rose gold interpretation. The former is fitted with a black alligator strap while the latter features a brown alligator strap. Both models are secured by a pin buckle made of the same material as the case. Price-wise, the steel version retails at CHF 25,810 and the gold model at CHF 39,420. This is very reasonable considering the beauty of the finish, the rarity of the complication and the uniqueness of its realisation with the two escapements.

With stunning watches like this no wonder Arnold & Son has won so many awards lately. The brand has become a serious contender in the high-end segment of the market: their watches have superlative movements with great complications and their designers know how to spice a classic model to make it look fresh and contemporary. It is not only a brand to follow but also a brand to buy!

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