Demonstrating its rich British history and quality Swiss
craftsmanship, Arnold & Son unveils a new stainless steel
edition of the DSTB (Dial Side True Beat). 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 newly designed automatic
movement showcases the true beat seconds' mechanism entirely on the
dial side. Not just the hands, but also the lever, wheels and three
palladium 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 domed and white lacquered
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 features Haute Horlogerie
finishing with hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges,
polished edges and fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève
rayonnantes. The visible dial plate is blue PVD treated with large
circular finishing, and screws with bevelled and mirror-polished
The magnificent timepiece is housed inside a 43.5 mm stainless
steel case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback for
viewing the superbly finished movement, complete with skeletonized