So, I decided to pull the trigger on the Arnold and Son Dial Side true beat!
Since it's not in hand yet, I yoinked some pictures off the internet.
Here is the video of the watch in action from Arnold and Son since this is a watch that has to be seen in action to be appreciated
I'm picking this one up after I fell in love with the idea of having an openworked dial side complication after trying on the MB&F perpetual calendar on my recent vacation to Geneva.
I've also always had a thing for the "true beat" complication, eyeballing the JLC Geophysique hard when it first came out.
Unfortunately the last watch I owned with a dead beat complication didn't work out per se. I bought a Habring2 Fuodroyante Dead Beat in Tokyo last august, but had to return the piece due to some manufacturing imperfections that I found unacceptable (about a half inch long scratch across the dial). However, for the short time I had it watching the little skeletonized window to the true beat complication through the caseback was mesmerizing.
This Arnold and Son is an interesting combination of both the Habring and the MB&F, in my opinion. It takes the unique solution to the dead beats mechanism initially patented by Richard Habring and brings it entirely dial side, so that you can marvel at it without even turning the watch over. But if you do, you will still be met with a beautiful La Joux Perret in house movement (A&S is LJP's retail brand, so I believe this qualifies as in house) that is hand finished with black polished surfaces and beveled edges.
I debated between this and the blue dial, but in the end I went with this since I think there is more cohesion in the design between the dial and the movement, since the movement is the same grey color.
Should have it in hand next week!