NEW Arnold & Son Globetrotter Blue & Opaline Watches
Thursday - 28 October 2021
Arnold & Son releases a new Globetrotter watch in the form of a stunning blue dial iteration, limited to 88 pieces worldwide, and a standard opaline model. Each watch features a fixed 24-hour ring and a northern hemisphere globe that rotates majestically under a domed sapphire crystal glass.
It was back in 2018 when Arnold & Son released its first Globetrotter watch. The intriguing take on the world-time complication brought something new and innovative to the wrists of those who frequently took to flying for business or travel. True to a traditional world time complication, it features a ring with a 24-hour scale. This is normally used in conjunction with a ring that shows 24 different locations around the world. But there is a stark difference when it comes to the Globetrotter watch – the 24-hour ring is fixed instead of rotatable. Instead, the time is read from a rotating hemisphere. In addition to this, the hour hand can be set independently.
The new Arnold & Song Globetrotter watch comes in two variations. The blue dialled version is limited to 88 pieces worldwide and the standard opaline dial variation is part of the brand’s current catalogue and therefore not produced in a limited number. Both are sheathed in a lustrous stainless steel case. The 3D dual time globular display in both watches is something to marvel at whilst tracking normal time. It’s a feature that will appeal to those with a fondness for complication watches and technical timepieces. The Northern Hemisphere turns once every 24 hours in an anti-clockwise direction. Whether you have any use for travelling right now or not, world timer watch lovers may not be able to resist the neat finishes and meticulous attention to detail put on show in these two new Globetrotter watches. They’re not only a tool for travel but a talking point when paired with a favourite suit. The Globetrotter has a classic yet relaxed look. This is, in part, to do with the dark blue and light blue hand-stitched leather straps that attach to the blue and opaline dial variants respectively.
A unique dial
Echoing the phenomenon of shoreline bioluminescence (whether intentional or not), both of the Arnold & Son Globetrotter watches feature dials that play with blue and pearl tones. Here is where the watch gets interesting. The globe is a brass sculpture that has first been rhodium plated and then polished. The America, Asia and Eurasia continents are flattish in design, with contrasting matt-finished mountain ranges. These interact with hand-painted oceans and several layers of lacquer, with exquisite blue pigments that are achieved by mother of pearl powder. At night, the shorelines of these continents come alive, glowing richly thanks to a layer of Super-LumiNova material that creates a spectacle in the dark. The steel arch bridge that features across the surface of the dial visually adds to the uniqueness of the two new Arnold & Son Globetrotter watches as it guides the transparent hemisphere around the display. Satin, chamfered and polished finishes on the bridge have all been executed by hand. These bars rest on two fixed feet with screws, reaching across the most densely inhabited parts of the globe.
There are just 88 pieces of the Globetrotter with the lacquered, brushed and sunburst blue dial available. The opaline variant offers a much lighter, cleaner display but is executed in the same way. Both models measure 45mm in diameter and have been crafted from stainless steel. A domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front is suspended across the top of the dial and the cases are both integrated with 30-meter water resistance. Inside the case of both Arnold & Son Globetrotter watches is the A&S6022 Calibre, which has been fully hand-decorated, assembled and tested in-house at the Arnold & Son manufacturing facilities bases in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It can produce a 45-hour power reserve once off the wrist and includes a skeletonized oscillating weight with Clous de Paris guilloché pattern or hobnail motif. Its sunburst Côtes de Genève finishing, and screws are chamfered and mirror-polished for even more added detail through a sapphire crystal glass caseback.
The blue limited edition version of the Arnold & Son Globetrotter watch is completed on a dark blue alligator leather strap with a stainless steel fastening. The opaline watch is completed on a light blue leather strap. For more information on either of the two new Globetrotter watches from Arnold & Son you can check out the product pages here or call our store and speak to our watch sales team at Jura Watches on 01335 453453
Technical Specifications of the new Arnold & Son Globetrotter watches
- Case: 45mm – stainless steel – 30-meter water resistance – domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front with AR coating – sapphire crystal glass exhibition caseback
- Dial: Blue/opaline – lacquered, brushed and sunburst finishes – hand-painted earth’s dome with Super-LumiNova treatment – rhodium-plated and polished continents - blue lacquer and mother of pearl powder – fixed 24-hour ring – rotating northern hemisphere – open-worked and satin-finished steel arch bridge
- Movement: Calibre A&S6022 – self-winding – in-house manufactured – 28,800 v.p.h – 29 jewels – hours, minutes and world-timer function
- Reference: Blue limited edition ref: 1WTAS.U01C.C155S / opaline ref: 1WTAS.S02C.C155S
- Price: Starts from £21,480