Over the past few years, Iâ€™ve been payingÂ attention to whatÂ Arnold & Son have beenÂ creating. Â The pieces theyâ€™ve announced are generally well-sorted, and there have been some rather interesting technical bits of uniqueness as well. Â While I would not have minded going hands-on with any of them, there havenâ€™t been any that I really felt I wanted to, other than the Time Pyramid. Â Well, Iâ€™ve got another one to add to the list, the just-announced Arnold & Son Globetrotter.
If it was not obvious from the name of the watch, or the large representation of theÂ northern hemisphere taking up a majority of the 45mm case, theÂ Arnold & Son Globetrotter is a GMT watch (aka, the best of complications after time and date). Â What theyâ€™ve done here, of course, is gone with an artistic, yet still realistic, depiction of the globe. Â We see this on only a few other watches (Gruebel Forsey comes to mind) to this sort of detail. Â Sure, other brand have printed maps on dials. Â But bending a piece of brass, followed by etching and polishing to get the 3D look? Â Now weâ€™re in some rarefied air.
Of course, a depiction of a globe does not a GMT watch make. Â No, for that, you need a few more things. Â Here, a sapphire disk is mounted on to the same bridge that arcs over the globe, where youâ€™ve got the 24-hour scale printed (along with a day/night indication via a translucent metallic finish applied between 18:00 and 6:00). Â The other thing you need is a movementÂ that can count out the 24 hours. Â Here, thatâ€™sÂ accomplished by the A&S6022Â movement, which is as superbly finished as weâ€™ve seen on other ones from the brand, and manages to control setting all of the elements via a single three-position crown.
While world time is certainly the focus of theÂ Arnold & Son Globetrotter, you still need to know your local time, right? Â Here, theyâ€™ve mounted the blued-steel hands (filled with red lacquer, to stand out between the blue globe and silver dial) so they just peek out from under the earth. Â In short, it keeps things quite well legible (well, Iâ€™m guessing trying to read the time at an angle might be tricky) while maintaining the focus on the art and architecture.
And yeah, thereâ€™s definitely some architecture to theÂ Arnold & Son Globetrotter. Â For starters, youâ€™ve got that large bridge arching over the globe, which makes it another focal point for the watch. Â To get all of that mounted in there, thereâ€™s a fairly heavily-domed crystal as well (the likes of which weâ€™re more used to on dive watches). Â To illustrate, the watch itself is only 10.4mm thick – until you include the crystal. Â Itâ€™s at that point, then, that the spec height of 17.2mm is revealed. Â PairÂ that with the 45mm case diameter, and this is no dainty watch, for sure. Â Here, though, itâ€™s large for the sake of accomplishing some cool stuff (and not just for the sake of making a big watch).
I will say, I was mightily surprised (in a good way) when theÂ Arnold & Son Globetrotter was announced, just based on the looks of the thing alone. Â It was with some trepidation that I inquired after the pricing,Â and again, another pleasant surprise. Â Now, Iâ€™m not going to try and kid you, theÂ Arnold & Son Globetrotter is very firmly in the realm of small-make luxury. Â That said, theÂ $16,995Â price tag was a good deal less than I was expecting it to be. Â I know its easy to give the medal to the last thing you saw, but this watch easily takes the place as my favorite watch fromÂ Arnold & Son, and certainly is one of my favorite new releases of the year. Â arnoldandson.com
- Brand & Model:Â Arnold & Son Globetrotter
- Price:Â $16,955
- Who we think it might be for:Â For the globetrotter? Â Sure, but one that has a bolder sense of style, and wonâ€™t mind some attention being focused on their watch
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? If the disposable income was there, without a doubt.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Put it on my wrist (you know, for real-world wrist-size comfort checks)
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â The globe, of course, but Iâ€™m also strangely drawn to that Max Busser-esque arching bridge
Tech Specs from Arnold & Son
- Caliber:Â A&S6022
- Manufacture Arnold & Son caliber, self-winding, 29 jewels, diameter 38 mm, thickness: 6.55 mm without earth and bridge, 14.00 mm with earth and bridge, power reserve 45 h, 28â€™800 vibrations/h
- Functions:Â Hours, minutes, 3D World-time indication on the earth
- Movement decoration:
- NAC grey treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and CÃ´tes de GenÃ¨ve rayonnantes, dial plate NAC treated with large circular finishing, circular satin-finished wheels, screws with bevelled and mirror- polished heads
- Oscillating weight: NAC grey treated, skeletonized with brushed surfaces
- Dial:Â Silvery-white opaline and circular brushed 24-hour sapphire
- Case:Â Stainless steel, diameter 45 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
- Thickness: 6.55 mm without earth and bridge, 14.00 mm with earth and bridge
- Water-resistant to 30 m
- Strap:Â Hand-aged blue calf leather
- References: Â 1WTAS.S01A.D137S