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Paying tribute to a legacy.

Summary: Arnold & Son is unveiling the limited edition Dial Side True Beat (DSTB), to mark the brand's 250th anniversary

john Arnold, the legendary English watchmaker, was the first to bring the term "chronometer" into use in its modern sense, meaning a precision timekeeper. The marine chronometers designed by him were both practical and accurate and were produced in quantity at reasonable prices for use on board ships from around 1782. Those technically superior, widely distributed chronometers reflected Arnold & Son's commitment to exceptional precision and solved the problem of determining longitude at sea.

Upholding that legacy, Arnold & Son's master watchmakers thrive on creating complicated movements for exquisite timepieces. Demonstrating its rich British history and quality Swiss craftsmanship, Arnold & Son is unveiling the limited edition DSTB (Dial Side True Beat), a truly innovative technical and architectural achievement.

A tribute to the brand's 250th anniversary, the DSTB is a testament to its heritage, vision and Haute Horlogerie ingenuity. The DSTB is part of the Instrument Collection and, like every other model from Arnold & Son, features an in-house mechanical movement. The true beat seconds is a traditional complication of Arnold & Son, and this watch pays tribute to the watches produced by John Arnold during the second half of his career.

The newly developed automatic movement showcases the true beat seconds' mechanism entirely on the dial side. Not just the hands, but also the lever, wheels and three rose-gold 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 white lacquered domed 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 movement features Haute Horlogerie finishing with hand-chamfered and satin- finished lever and bridges, polished edges and fine circular graining and Cotes de Geneve rayonnantes. The visible dial plate is NAC grey treated with large circular finishing, and blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.

The magnificent timepiece is housed inside a 43.5 mm 18-carat red gold case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback for viewing the superbly finished movement, complete with skeletonised oscillating weight. The 250th anniversary edition of the DSTB will be limited to just 50 timepieces -- underscoring the brand's commitment to exclusivity and excellence.

The Pyramid

Arnold & Son's 'Time Pyramid' was among the winners of The Arabian Watches & Jewellery (AWJ) Magazine's - the Middle East Premier Awards, in the category 'Best Design Watch'.

A masterpiece of perfect symmetry, the A&S1615 movement with unique skeletonised pyramid- shaped architecture, was conceived, designed and developed in-house. The movement A&S1615 seemingly

floats between two sapphire crystals, the Time Pyramid is a masterful rendition of technical prowess and unparalleled elegance. This superbly engineered wristwatch is part of the brand's Instrument Collection that combines instrument precision with classical styling.

Inspired by the regulators created by John and Roger Arnold over two hundred years ago, and by antique British skeleton clocks, the new Arnold & Son Time Pyramid offers a highly cohesive and seductive blend of watchmaking feats that includes regulator, skeleton, vertical linear movement, pyramid-placement of components and multi-dimensional depth.

The skeletonised calibre A&S1615 follows the original regulators from the brand with its component positioning and detailed 3D visual appeal. Movement parts and watch indications are built on three levels, with the subsidiary seconds dial on the bottom, the hour indications on a sapphire crystal dial in the middle level, and a silver top ring for the minutes indication.

While the movement is extremely thin - at just 4.4 mm - the multiple levels bring amazing depth and detail to the watch. To further enhance the balance and symmetry of the Time Pyramid, the crown (with Arnold & Son's engraved logo) is artfully positioned at six o'clock. The gear train runs vertically in a linear format connecting the two barrels at six o'clock to the balance wheel at twelve o'clock, and endowing the movement with its pyramid structure. The bridges are designed so that all of the wheels, the two mainspring barrels, the escapement and balance wheel are all magnificently visible from the dial side.

Additionally, the movement is fitted with two power reserve indicators -- one each on either side of the linear gear train -- to display the energy level for each barrel separately.

The power reserve hands indicate the reserve level via graduated dots (that are printed under the top sapphire crystal) in an arc format, and demonstrate how one barrel transfers energy to the second one when needed. Essentially, as the first barrel winds the second one, the power reserve indicator of the first barrel goes down, while the second one goes up -- making for an accurate and intriguing readout. The two mainspring barrels supply the hand- wound caliber with an amazing 90 hours of power reserve, and provide a more constant force to the wheel train.

As with every esteemed Arnold & Son watch, the movement of the Time Pyramid is magnificently hand decorated with manually chamfered brides and high-polished edges, Cotes de Geneve, circular satin- finished wheels and blued screws, all yielding a striking masterpiece of decorative craftsmanship and brilliant execution.

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