The Middle East Watch of the Year Awards is a pioneering concept
initiated and implemented by Arabian Watches & Jewellery
Magazine, alongside the Salon des Grandes Complications exhibition.
The award ceremony was held on Thursday, 10th November at the
Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. The event was
attended by over 400 distinguished high profile guests.
Arnold & Son is proud to communicate as winner in the
category 'Best Multi-Time Zone Watch' the DTE. This refined Double
Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch is a marvel of mechanical
mastery and aesthetic elegance.
Renowned for its innovative technology and amazing technical
prowess Arnold & Son continually brings horological excellence
to new heights. Such is the case with the DTE, which joins the
brand's much-coveted Instrument Collection, whose signature is
in-house manufactured movements inspired by the timepieces produced
during the second part of John Arnold's life when he and his son,
John Roger, dedicated themselves to the quest for absolute
Arnold & Son can easily be considered the father of modern
marine timekeeping. Because of its technical
superiority in watchmaking, Arnold & Son developed and
produced chronometers that solved the 18th-century problem of
determining longitude at sea (also, thereby establishing themselves
as official suppliers to the Royal Navy). Clearly one of the
greatest watchmakers in history, John Arnold shared his knowledge
and passion with Abraham-Louis Breguet. Evidence of their
partnership is Breguet's first ever tourbillon cage (No 169)
mounted in John Arnold's No. 11 movement, a watch that can be found
today in London's British Museum.
The DTE is a masterpiece of symmetry, balance and
three-dimensional beauty combined with technical foresight and
ultimate performance precision. The watch, powered by the
all-new mechanical hand-wound calibre A&S8513, brings the
centuries-old tradition of double movements back to life - in 21st
century style. It features two separate time zone displays - each
of which can be set independently from the other thanks to
dedicated setting mechanisms. Each has its own gear train and its
own tourbillon escapement.
In addition to the double tourbillon escapement and the dual
dial/dual time indication, the watch is incredibly efficient in
that it not only offers local time in hours and minutes, but also
offers hours and minutes of a second time zone to be set separately
- thereby enabling the wearer to have precise time in zones that
differ from Greenwich Mean Time by quarter- or half-hour
increments. The double barrels of the watch offer a superb 90 hours
of power reserve.
In typical Arnold & Son style, the watch is incredibly
detailed and features superlative Haute Horlogerie finishing. The
dial side of the timepiece offers symmetry and depth. It features
two white lacquered domed dials - one each at 12 o'clock and 6
o'clock - for the dual time displays. The two tourbillon
escapements are harmoniously balanced at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock
and seem to float over the dial thanks to their alluring raised
18-karat red gold bridges. The backdrop for these double lacquered
dials and double tourbillon escapements is a magnificently
decorated vertical Côtes de Genève stripes plate. The two crowns -
one each for setting the local and the home time - are located at 2
o'clock and 8 o'clock, and the two mainsprings are wound using the
crown at 2 o'clock.
The 43.5 mm DTE is created in 18-karat red gold. The white dials
(with Roman numerals in one and Arabic numerals in the other) are
accented with blued hour and minute hands. The back of the watch
features a transparent sapphire crystal for viewing the splendidly
decorated nickel-silver movement. In all, this masterpiece of
tradition and vision, of technology and elegance reinforces the
watchmaking prowess of Arnold & Son, and elevates its
accomplishments to all new heights.