Arnold & Son Marine Accuracy

by editor

Arnold & Son has always treated dual time with a particular degree of sophistication. and that includes the iconic DTE
and DBG Skeleton models.

Before the 18th century advent of marine chronometers, the captain of a ship was able to determine his position on the sea by the northsouth axis or its latitude. However, as the planet turns on an east-west axis, the traditional points of reference like the sun and the stars could not be used to determine longitude. The problem was solved with watchmaking.

A highly accurate clock was taken on board and kept at the time of the starting point. As the ship sailed, the captain measured the time specific to its position by looking for noon. The difference between the local and original times allowed him to assess progress across the seas.

The marine chronometer was born. In the wake of these inventions, John Arnold (1736-1799) proved himself to be one of the most inventive watchmakers of his generation and of the golden age of timekeeping. Indeed, Arnold worked ceaselessly to perfect, miniaturize and enhance the reliability of his marine chronometers.

DTE (Double Tourbillon Escapement)

The DTE is housed in an 18-carat red gold or white gold case with a sapphire crystal case back that reveals the entire decorated movement, the mainplate with its radiating Côtes de Genève finish, and the circular satinfinished wheels.

Case
Material: 18-carat white gold
Diameter: 43.50 mm
Crystal: domed sapphire with an
anti-reflective coating on both sides
Back: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 metres/100 feet
Limited edition: 28 pieces / $255,000

By helping to popularize chronometer technology, his name became synonymous with maritime navigation and the onquests made possible by the very concept of dual time.

Indeed, in a GMT watch, there is a hierarchy between the two time zones. The local time dominates, while the original time serves as more of a reminder. Due to its influence on the history of marine chronometers, Arnold & Son places the two times on an equal footing. The two are inseparable, as their difference is what indicates a ship’s position on the sea. This functional and historical vocation takes on a contemporary form in these two timepieces to reflect a past that is still alive to this day.

DBG Skeleton (Double Balance GMT)

Housed in a rose gold case measuring 44 mm in diameter, the entirely skeletonized A&S1309 manufacture calibre is meticulously worked, with chamfered and polished rhodium-finished bridges complete with satin-finished surfaces.

Case
Material: 18-carat rose gold (4N)
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: domed sapphire with an antireflective coating on both sides
Back: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 metres/100 feet
Limited edition: 30 pieces / $46,700