Demonstrating its rich British history and quality Swiss
craftsmanship, Arnold & Son unveils a new limited red gold
edition of the DSTB (Dial Side True Beat) with traditional English
frosted finish. The DSTB is a testament to its heritage, vision and
Haute Horlogerie ingenuity.
The DSTB is part of the Instrument Collection and, like every
other model from Arnold & Son, features an in-house
mechanical movement. The true beat seconds is a traditional
complication of Arnold & Son, and this 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. Those technically superior, widely distributed chronometers
reflected Arnold & Son's commitment to exceptional precision
and solved the problem of determining longitude at sea.
Upholding that legacy, Arnold & Son's master watchmakers
thrive on creating complicated movements for exquisite timepieces.
Such is the case with the DSTB watch, a truly innovative technical
and architectural achievement. The specifically developed automatic
movement showcases the true beat seconds' mechanism entirely on the
dial side. Not just the hands, but also the lever, wheels and three
red gold treated true beat seconds bridges are located in all their
beauty on the dial side. Making the watch even more alluring is the
fact that the true beat seconds lever is shaped like an anchor -
paying homage to Arnold's maritime achievements.
The true beat seconds are superbly 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. These
generously proportioned, overlapping indications translate into a
stunning three-dimensional dial.
This restructuring of the intricate mechanism yields a concept
not achieved in the watch industry heretofore. The self-winding
calibre A&S6003 has 229 components. In true Arnold & Son
style, the palladium treated movement featuresHaute
Horlogeriefinishing with hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever
and bridges, polished edges and fine circular graining andCôtes de
Genève rayonnantes. The visible dial plate is NAC grey treated with
traditional English frosted finish, and screws with bevelled and
mirror-polished heads. The application of frosted finish creates a
distinctive sparkling surface which is typical for traditional
English watchmaking. Usually the frosted finish is used in
combination with yellow gold plating. Arnold & Son has taken a
different approach and combined it with a NAC grey coating,
achieving a more contemporary and unique look. The frosted
finish is obtained by carefully brushing the surface with a wire
brush. This type of finish is also unique and very painstaking
because it has to be applied before the part is machined.
Therefore the frosted finish is first applied to the raw German
silver plate and only then all the functional drillings and
millings are done. This procedure requests the upmost care in
handling as the frosted finish has to be protected during the
The magnificent timepiece is housed inside a 43.5 mm 18-carat
red gold case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback
for viewing the superbly finished movement and, complete with solid
22-carat red goldguillochéoscillating weight. This edition of the
DSTB will be limited to 125 timepieces - underscoring the brand's
commitment to exclusivity and excellence.