Clearly displaying its sophisticated nature with no less than six hands and pointers, radiating from the dial centre like the blades on a propeller, and indicating all manner of useful information, the Hornet from Arnold & Son nonetheless manages to maintain the brand’s trademark clarity and user-friendly handling .
The beautifully rounded pink gold or steel case is immediately distinguished by its three crowns and pushpieces symmetrically arranged at 9 and 10 o’clock on one side and 2 and 3 o’clock at the other, thus immediately setting the pragmatic operational tone for this high-flying model. The dial plays on contrasting colours, clearly differentiated hands, alternating Arabic numerals and hourmarkers, and a mixture of pointer-type and window displays, in order to distinguish between the various items of information provided.
Because schedules and planning are more important than ever in today’s busy lifestyle, whether to meet professional demands or facilitate leisure pursuits, the double-disc date display and the month circle help keep track of this ever-useful data. Symbolising the global village, the sophisticated twin-time running indication features two hands turning simultaneously, and the city of LONDON is highlighted in red among the other cities appearing on the GMT ring, a nod in direction of the brand’s British origins.
Moreover, this function offers the unusual possibility of setting one of the twin time zones to take account of half time-zones in parts of the world such as India. What’s more, if desired, it can also display the mean solar time in a specific location by means of a dedicated golden sun-tipped hand. And finally, to keep the wearer in touch with a truly ‘universal’ time beyond earthly time zones, the equation of time is shown on a triangular white segment.
Model: HORNET WORLD TIMER
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, 41 jewels, diameter 38.55 mm, thickness 7.05 mm, power reserve 42 h, 28’800 vibrations/h
Hours, minutes, equation of time, multiple time zone display, mean solar time, big date display at 5 o’clock, month indicator
Rhodium treated with fine circular graining and ‘Côtes de Genève’
18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, diameter 47 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back metallic sapphire, water-resistant to 50 m
Hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather
1H6AP.B06A.C60B: 18-carat rose gold case
1H6AS.B05A.C79F: Stainless steel case