One of the primary concerns of interest of Arnold & Son timepieces has consistently been their particularly skeletonised developments, in view of a totally balanced plan. Whether you take super complex pieces, for example, the Constant-Force Tourbillon or the Tourbillon Chronometer N° 36 , or more basic pieces like the Nebula , the greater part of the brand’s manifestations please the eye just due to this balance. Perhaps the most striking plans of this production, the well-known Time Pyramid , is another show of such savoir-faire and is currently introduced in a handsome Black Edition.
The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid has consistently been a watch to satisfy the eye. It is broadly realized that the human cerebrum has a fascination for adjusted and balanced plans. This part of the way clarifies why something clicks when you see this watch. Nonetheless, making an altogether even development is certifiably not a simple errand, realizing that you’ll need to put more than 150 sections, a large portion of them round, in a lovely and precisely productive way. However, this is by and large what the Time Pyramid is: a genuine show-stopper regarding development design.
Starting at the 12 o’clock position, where the controlling organ is found, the remainder of the development is worked around a focal vertical line. On this line, you’ll see (start to finish) the escapement, the stuff train, the seconds sub-dial and the off-centred hours and minutes dial. This isn’t all, as on each side of this vertical line are precisely the same specialized components: one barrel for every side, one going train and one force hold pointer. Except for a couple of wheels, left and right sides are reflect duplicates. Other than being balanced, this development is likewise completely openworked, with extensions and plates decreased to the greatest, leaving an unhindered perspective on the moving parts.
This development, with two barrels, amasses to 90-hours of force save and its uncovered escapement beats at a 3Hz recurrence. It is done in a charming and refined manner, with its primary plate and scaffolds treated in black ADLC and improved with Côtes de Genève stripes and chamfered cleaned edges. Indeed, even the winding crown follows a similar vertical line and is set at 6 o’clock – a rich arrangement that isn’t the most down to earth one however. The development is put under a translucent dark covered sapphire case back, which doesn’t deter the perspective on the development, and acts like a mirror on the dial side, concealing unattractive wrist hairs when the watch is worn.
For 2018, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid is refreshed with a new Black Edition, which plays on black and gold codes. The 44.60mm steel case is covered with black DLC, the crocodile tie is black, just as the inward spine and the extensions of the development. Making a pleasant difference, all the moving pieces of the development just as the rings encompassing the sub-dials and the hands, are rose gold-plated.
The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Black Edition will be created in 50 pieces just and estimated at USD 28,700 (excl. Tank). More subtleties on www.arnoldson.com .