Between the 18th and 19th
century, Arnold & Son made a name for itself by creating some
of the most precise marine chronometers of the epoch, which were
used not just to tell the time, but as navigational instruments to
determine longitude and sail safely from one location to another.
Arnold & Son chronometers have taken part in extraordinary
voyages, including James Cook voyages to the Pacific Ocean, as well
as Sir John Franklin's ill-fated third and final expedition to the
icy waters north of Canada in 1845.
Times have certainly
changed since the days of using chronometers to determine
longitude, as have the needs of the modern traveler. Arnold &
Son has created a timepiece for the modern-day navigator, always on
the move from one time zone to the next: The Globetrotter.
Part of the Arnold &
Son Instrument Collection, which is inspired by the high-precision
marine chronometers made by John Arnold and his son towards the end
of the 18th century, the Globetrotter reimagined the world-time
function in a three-dimensional way.
Held by a large central
arched bridge spanning the entire diameter of the dial, the
Globetrotter's three-dimensional world-time display takes centre
stage. At 45 mm wide and 17.23 mm at its highest point, the
Globetrotter features one of the world's largest rotating 3D
world-time display on a wristwatch.
Depicting a view of the
Earth's Northern Hemisphere as seen from space as if directly above
the North Pole the Globetrotter's representation of our planet is
exquisitely detailed. Starting with a rounded piece of brass, the
different textures of the oceans and continents are brought out by
chemical etching with a mask, followed by polishing the upper
surfaces. The mountainous areas are then sandblasted to create a
sense of visual depth, then the oceans are lacquered by hand with
different blue tones. The entire world-time disk is then treated
with a layer of clear lacquer, and finally the entire component is
polished. The result is a hemispherical disk full of lifelike
Seemingly floating above
a silvery-white opaline dial with Roman numerals for the hour hand
and a circular brushed chapter ring for the minutes, the world-time
display is surrounded by a 24-hour sapphire disk fixed to the same
bridge that hold the hemisphere, transparent between 06:00 and
18:00 and with a translucent metallic treatment from 18:00 to
06:00, serving as a day and night indicator. The world-time makes
one complete rotation every 24 hours.
Intuitive to read and
adjust, the Globetrotter features a three-position crown system.
The first position is used to manually wind the movement, the
second position sets the local time (hour hand) in one-hour
increments, and the final position is used to set the hour and
minute hands and the world-time. Both the main time display as well
as the world-time function can be adjusted forwards and
To keep the focus of the
dial on the world-time display, the hour and minute hands, in blued
steel are placed under the hemisphere, as if circling in its
periphery. To enhance legibility, the hands are filled with red
The Globetrotter is
housed in a stainless steel case measuring 45 mm in diameter, with
a thickness of 17.2 mm including the domed sapphire "glass box"
crystal, and 10.4 mm without the crystal.
Entirely developed and
manufactured by Arnold & Son, the Globetrotter's A&S6022
features an automatic winding system by means of a central, rotor,
engraved with a hobnail motif with a black ADLC treatment. When
fully wound, the movement provides a power reserve of 45 hours.
The NAC grey 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 stripes radiating from the
With the Globetrotter,
Arnold & Son masterfully demonstrates its unique aesthetic
sense and manufacturing prowess, combining ingenious haute
horlogerie with artisanal crafts to produce a world-time watch that
is truly unlike any other.