In order to pay tribute to the East Indiamen, the iconic vessels of the East India Company, Arnold & Son’s artistic team created a set of three watches from its Instrument Collection. East timepiece from the beautiful India Company Set replicates one painting from the National Maritime Museum in London, thus demonstrating the brand’s high-end mastery in decorative arts. Along with the impeccable design, these watches are also highly valued for their exquisite mechanisms that feature a pretty rare horological complication called true beat seconds (or dead beat seconds) which used to be an important instrument for marine navigators. The East India Company watches are produced in a super-limited series of just 28 sets.
By creating these three artistic watches, Arnold & Son has once again demonstrated its expertise in the field of hand-finished miniature painting which is a very precious skill that requires an extraordinary patience during the work with tiny brushstrokes on mother-of-pearl surfaces. The inspiration for these pieces of art comes from the glorious history of the East India Company, the most powerful commercial empire which heavily used armed vessels for conducting lucrative trades between Europe, Americas, China and India. Thus, the first model from the set (Ref. 1ARAP.M01A.C120P) is called TB East Indiamen – A fleet of East Indiamen, the second one (Ref. 1ARAP.M03A.C120P) is known as the TB East Indiamen – East Indiamen in the China Seas watch, and finally, there is TB East Indiamen – The Honourable East India Company’s Ship watch (Ref. 1ARAP.M02A.C120P).
Each watch from the East India Company set features a pretty robust, 44 mm case, made of 18 karat rose gold. Its highly polished surfaces nicely emphasize the central part of the watch. It is a unique mother-of-pearl interface with an off-centre sub-dial that displays minutes and hours by stylish blued hands. The inspiration for these dials was taken from vintage instrument-like chronometers, created by John Arnold and his son, John Roger Arnold.
Besides, there is the central true beat (TB) seconds hand, providing a high-end precision, which was the important characteristic of the instrument for marine navigators. The renowned watchmaker developed an original patented system which allows the dead beat seconds complication to be integrated into a self-winding mechanism. Each watch comes with a hand-stitched brown alligator strap.
Thanks to a transparent, sapphire crystal case-back, the owner can enjoy the wonderful haute horlogerie decoration on the rhodium treated A&S6103 Calibre. Developed, designed and produced entirely at the brand’s workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds, this movement with 30 jewels oscillates at the frequency of 28’800 vibrations per hour and ensures 50 hours of power-reserve. It features manually chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. Finally, the rotor is nicely brushed and skeletonized.