At the upcoming Baselworld 2014 watch show, the famous British watchmaker Arnold & Son will release the gorgeous limited edition Dial Side True Beat (DSTB) timepiece which will be a a tribute to the brand’s 250th anniversary. This novelty is distinguished by the presence of the automatic mechanism which is visible on the dial. Arnold & Son DSTB Limited Edition (ref. 1ATAR.L01A.C120A) is issued in the limited series of only 50 pieces.
Arnold & Son DSTB is housed in an 18-karat rose gold case which measures 43.5mm in diameter. The round case is shielded with sapphire crystals and constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
The eye-catching three-dimensional dial
Underneath domed double anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass, there is a dark gray guilloche dial that comprises an additional lacquered white dial at the 4 o’clock position with Roman numerals and blued hour and minute hands. For the true beat seconds, the watch uses a hand located between 11 and 12 o’clock position. Its beautiful dial also comprises the lever, wheels and three rose-gold treated true beat seconds bridges. The true beat seconds lever is shaped like an anchor in homage to Arnold’s maritime achievements.
The true beat seconds which means dead seconds (the second hand ticks rather than sweeps) is a traditional complication of Arnold & Son. In this particular case, most of the time the hand is in place and only when the second is almost gone, time jumps strictly one scale.
The beating heart of the Arnold & Son DSTB is the in-house manufactured caliber A&S6003 automatic movement which is perfectly trimmed, decorated by hand and finished to the usual Arnold & Son standars of Haute Horlogerie (hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges, polished edges and fine circular graining, as well as Côtes de Genève rayonnantes). The self-winding mechanism, collected on the 32 jewels, has the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 50-hour power reserve, and functions of hours, minutes and seconds. The movement measures 38mm in diameter and 7.39mm in thickness, and it consists of 229 components. The impeccable mechanism is visible via the see-through sapphire crystal case back.
The latest Arnold & Son timepiece is teamed with a hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather strap, fitted with an 18-karat rose gold buckle. The watch that will be officially unveiled this month at the international exhibition Baselworld 2014 is priced at 44,928 Swiss francs which is approximately $51,500.