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

By rolex
April 7, 2021
5 min read

Symmetry in the plan and development of its displays and developments has consistently been an immense part of Arnold & Son’s DNA. In its case notwithstanding, the plan doesn’t drive the improvement of the development, however the inverse. Obviously, for example, the Constant Force Tourbillon , the Nebula or the Time Pyramid and you’ll rapidly notice the significance of evenness to the brand. Playing with this same idea, Arnold & Son has pushed the thought considerably further, creating a watch with two entirely separate time shows, driven by an inconceivable twin-development. And to appreciate this mechanical dining experience, a new variant, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton, uncovered all its guts in a definite however elegant way.

Usually, Dual-Time watches (timepieces that show two distinctive time-zones on the double, 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 acquire a separated sign for the subsequent time-zone, these watches generally include a flexible 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 dangerous, taking into account that not unequaled 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 by and by, 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 sweethearts, 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 on the grounds that the DBG is presently offered in a skeleton form, the entire system is noticeable gratitude to its open-worked execution. This implies a few things: as a matter of first importance, 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-managed, on account of free controlling 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 “skipper’s watch” on the grounds that a different barrel/gear train and equilibrium/escapement empowers the watch to house various complications without making them impact the precision of the other by depleting its energy. It is along these lines completely adjusted to be utilized briefly time zone, as in the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton. On the posterior of the development, we can value the practically balanced design. The solitary 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). Notwithstanding, each time-zone is changed by free crowns.

The development, in-house delivered obviously in the custom of Arnold & Son’s creation, is delightfully completed, with slim Geneva stripes, chamfered spans with cleaned edges and glossy silk finish surfaces, fine roundabout graining, silk completed wheels with three-talked plan and thermally blued screws. Because of the currently opened dial, this fine execution is additionally noticeable when the DBG Skeleton is worn, with a dial loaded with profundity, reflections (those cleaned angles…) and contrast. Actually, except for its twin-engineering (which requires a huge measurement development – 35mm – and thusly a huge case – 44mm), the development stays traditional, with a 3Hz recurrence and a 40h force save. All things considered, it shows a great slimness for the degree of complication, estimating just 3.90mm, for a watch that general remaining parts underneath 10mm.

The look of the watch is great. 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 natural. Moreover, 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). Unmistakably, a watch that enthusiasts 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 distance across makes this Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton Dual-Time such a proclamation piece. It stays comfortable however, for a particularly huge watch and sensitive – or possibly, decisive in a rich way. It is a restricted release of 30 pieces, worn on a croc cowhide lash. Value: CHF 35,300 (before charges) – not modest, but rather thinking about the specialized content and the degree of enhancement, it doesn’t feel unjustified.  www.arnoldandson.com .


Technical Specifications – Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton

  • Case: 44mm width x 9.89mm thickness – 18k rose gold, cleaned – sapphire precious stone on the two sides – 30m water resistant
  • Movement: Calibre A&S1309, in-house – hand-wound – 21,600vph – 40h force save – 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 crocodile cowhide, gold pin buckle
  • Reference: 1DGAP.S10A.C120P
  • Limitation: 30 pieces
  • Price: CHF 35,300 (preceding taxes)