Baselworld is almost upon again, and many of the brands are starting to give previews of watches that will be putting in a spectacular appearance at the event. Demonstrating its rich British history and quality Swiss craftsmanship, Arnold & Son unveils a new limited edition of the DSTB (Dial Side True Beat). The DSTB is part of the Instrument Collection and, like every other model from Arnold & Son, features an in-house mechanical movement. The watch pays tribute to the watches produced by John Arnold during the second half of his career, when he and his son were the first to develop marine chronometers that could be produced in quantity at reasonable prices.
The newly developed automatic movement of the DSTB showcases the true beat seconds' mechanism entirely on the dial side. Not just the hands, but also the lever, wheels and three palladium treated true beat seconds bridges are located on the dial side. The true beat seconds lever is shaped like an anchor – paying homage to Arnold’s maritime achievements.
The true beat seconds are 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 silvery opaline subdial indicates the hours and the minutes via blued hands.
The self-winding calibre A&S6003 has 229 components. The NAC grey treated movement features Haute Horlogerie finishing with hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges, polished edges and fine circular graining as well as Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The visible dial plate is black ADLC treated with large circular finishing, and screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.
The 43.5 mm stainless steel case comes with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a caseback for viewing the movement, complete with skeletonised oscillating weight. The watch is limited to just 250 timepieces.
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