Hands-On – Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton Dual-Time – With (Almost) Two Movements in One Watch

May 6, 2021
5 min read

Symmetry in the plan and development of its displays and developments has consistently been an enormous part of Arnold & Son’s DNA. In its case nonetheless, the plan doesn’t drive the improvement of the development, yet the inverse. It’s just plain obvious, for example, the Constant Force Tourbillon , the Nebula or the Time Pyramid and you’ll rapidly notice the significance of balance to the brand. Playing with this same idea, Arnold & Son has pushed the thought significantly further, creating a watch with two entirely separate time shows, driven by an inconceivable twin-development. And to appreciate this mechanical banquet, a new variant, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton, uncovered all its guts in an illustrative yet elegant way.

Usually, Dual-Time watches (timepieces that show two distinctive time-zones immediately, because of a GMT hand or a sub-dial with a second sign of the time) are managed by one single development – which means one stuff train, one escapement and one equilibrium. To get a separated sign for the subsequent time-zone, these watches customarily highlight a movable hour hand, which can be disengaged from the fundamental hour hand, with one-hour increases. However, the minutes, and obviously the seconds, are as yet equivalent for both time-zones. This may be risky, taking into account that not untouched zones depend on entire hours (13 time-zones depend on quarter-or half-hours, out of an overall 37 time-zones around the world). A couple of watches anyway have a free moment show as well, however indeed, there’s just one controlling organ – which means an additional train of wheels meddling with the chronometry. With the DBG (for Dual Balance GMT), Arnold & Son pushes the idea to another level, which for us, mechanical darlings, is very interesting.

The Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton Dual-Time shows two autonomous time-zones, however, does as such by the methods for two free developments, joined in one type. Each dial, showing the hours and minutes – one with full hands and Arabic numerals, the other with open hands and Roman numerals, to separate them – is really determined by its own barrel and stuff train with its own escapement and equilibrium – and in light of the fact that the DBG is presently offered in a skeleton form, the entire instrument is noticeable gratitude to its open-worked execution. This implies a few things: above all else, on the practical side, you can autonomously change each time-zone to the ideal hour AND minute.

It additionally implies that each time-zone is self-controlled, on account of free managing organs (no differential or no resonance impact between the two adjusts, so each will have its own chronometry). This kind of watch is alluded to as a “commander’s watch” in light of the fact that a different barrel/gear train and equilibrium/escapement empowers the watch to house various complications without making them impact the exactness of the other by depleting its energy. It is therefore entirely adjusted to be utilized briefly time zone, as in the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton. On the rear of the development, we can value the practically even design. The lone highlights in common to the double cross zones in this development are the focal second, the 24h/night&day indication (although it has two hands, one for each show) and the twisting of the barrels, done by one single crown (the right one). Nonetheless, each time-zone is changed by autonomous crowns.

The development, in-house delivered obviously in the practice of Arnold & Son’s creation, is perfectly completed, with meager Geneva stripes, chamfered spans with cleaned edges and glossy silk finish surfaces, fine round graining, silk completed wheels with three-talked plan and thermally blued screws. Because of the presently opened dial, this fine execution is additionally obvious when the DBG Skeleton is worn, with a dial loaded with profundity, reflections (those cleaned angles…) and contrast. Actually, except for its twin-design (which requires a enormous width development – 35mm – and therefore a huge case – 44mm), the development stays old style, with a 3Hz recurrence and a 40h force hold. All things considered, it shows a great slenderness for the degree of complication, estimating just 3.90mm, for a watch that general remaining parts beneath 10mm.

The look of the watch is amazing. There’s a great deal going on this dial – something that numerous skeleton watches share practically speaking – still the ideal balance takes into account a very decent legibility. The separation among Arabic and Roman numerals, full or opened hands, makes time perusing rather instinctive. Furthermore, signs are applied on “smoked” metal-treated sapphire precious stones, permitting both straightforwardness just as legibility. In expansion to that, you’ll appreciate the twofold artful dance of the adjusts and departure wheels (noticeable through a little opening). Obviously, a watch that fans will appreciate and will most likely put in a couple of hours just to contemplate.

On the wrist, the combination of rose gold for the case and the hands, the completely opened and complex dial and the enormous measurement makes this Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton Dual-Time such a proclamation piece. It stays comfortable however, for a particularly enormous watch and sensitive – or possibly, illustrative in an exquisite way. It is a restricted version of 30 pieces, worn on a gator leather tie. Value: CHF 35,300 (before charges) – not modest, but rather thinking about the specialized content and the degree of embellishment, it doesn’t feel unjustified.  www.arnoldandson.com .


Technical Specifications – Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton

  • Case: 44mm breadth x 9.89mm thickness – 18k rose gold, cleaned – sapphire gem on the two sides – 30m water resistant
  • Movement: Calibre A&S1309, in-house – hand-wound – 21,600vph – 40h force hold – two independent barrel/gear train/ balance/escapement – twin-show of the time, with completely free time-zones, seconds, day & night indicator
  • Strap: Hand-sewed earthy colored or dark croc leather, gold pin buckle
  • Reference: 1DGAP.S10A.C120P
  • Limitation: 30 pieces
  • Price: CHF 35,300 (preceding taxes)