Introducing – Arnold & Son Globetrotter


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During the 1700’s and 1800’s, Arnold & Son was world-renowned for its highly precise marine chronometers which were used to determine longitude by means of celestial navigation. Chronometers made by John Arnold and his son John Roger Arnold were used by numerous explorers of the time including James Cook, John Franklin, John Harland, Charles Phipps and many more. These timekeeping instruments have taken part in extraordinary voyages, helping explorers to sail safely from one location to another. Today, as an homage to this historic era, Arnold & Son has created a watch for the modern-day navigator: the Globetrotter (ref. 1WTAS.S01A.D137S). Priced at CHF 14,900 (excluding taxes), the latest Arnold & Son watch is now available at authorized retailers and distributors.

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The Globetrotter is a tribute to the historic marine chronometers made by John Arnold and his son John Roger Arnold

 

What differentiates the new Arnold & Son Globetrotter from other world timer watches is its ingenious three-dimensional world time display. Held by a massive central arched bridge spanning the entire width of the dial, it is one of the world’s biggest rotating 3D world-time displays on a wristwatch. The display itself depicts view of the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere as seen from space as if directly above the North Pole. Incredibly detailed, it was made from a rounded piece of brass. The textures of the continents and oceans were created by chemical etching with a mask, followed by polishing the upper surfaces. The mountains were then sandblasted to create a visual depth while the oceans were hand-lacquered with various tones of blue. The final touch was to treat the entire world-time disk with a layer of clear lacquer and then polish the entire component.

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The 3D world time display is held by a massive central arched bridge spanning the entire width of the dial

 

Surrounding the world time display is beautiful silvery-white opaline dial with Roman numerals for the hours, and a circular brushed chapter ring for the minutes. Right next to the world-time display is a 24-hour sapphire disk. Fixed to the same bridge that holds the hemisphere, it is transparent between 6am and 6pm, and with a translucent metallic treatment from 6pm to 6am, acting as a day and night indicator. The world time rotates once every 24 hours. The Arnold & Son Globetrotter features an easy-to-use three-position crown system. The first position us used for winding the caliber, the second allows the setting of the local time (hour hand) in one-hour increments, while the third one is used to adjust the hour and minute hands and the world-time. To increase the legibility of the dial, Arnold & Son has positioned the hour and minute hands under the hemisphere. The blued steel hands are filled with red lacquer.

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The hands are “hidden” under the hemisphere

 

Housed in a 45mm stainless steel case, the new Globetrotter is powered by the caliber A&S6022 with 29 jewels. Entirely developed and manufactured by Arnold & Son, this self-winding caliber features hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges as well as a skeletonized ADLC-treated oscillating rotor. The movement itself beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 45 hours. Completing the watch we have a stylish hand-aged blue calf leather strap.

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The skeletonized oscillating weight is NAC grey-treated

 

 

1 Comment

  1. faryd Yves says:

    I’m living in Gabon,i want to know the price of this watch

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