Arnold & Son : Stunning sidereal time


Movement : mechanical hand-wound, Calibre A&S1311, 40h power reserve Case : pink gold Diameter : 44mm Functions : hours, minutes, seconds, sidereal hours and minutes Caseback : sapphire crystal Water resistance : 30m Strap : brown alligator leather

Taken to its ultimate conclusion, the idea that contemporary mechanical watchmaking is of no use in reading the time is expressed through a range of extraordinary complications of which the only purpose is to make horology aficionados dream. Sidereal time is thus a major focus for Arnold & Son which, with this DBS model, pays tribute to two watches indicating solar and sidereal time created by John Roger Arnold between 1796 and 1799. Featuring a perfectly symmetrical aesthetic featuring two exactly facing subdials and a twin balance, the DBS makes light of technical difficulties. Witness its new Manufacture A&S1311 hand-wound movement embodying a vibrantly modern take on a proud horological heritage.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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