Arnold & Son CTB – The World’s First True Beat Seconds and Chronograph Wristwatch

Swiss luxury watchmaker Arnold & Son has recently announced some world premier horological innovations such as TEC (Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph), DTE (Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time Watch) and DSTB (Dial Side True Beat).

Following the footsteps of these stunning micro mechanical marvels, a new world premier timepiece will further enrich the collection of masterpiece novelties that to be unveiled at Baselworld 2014. The new member is CTB, the World’s First True Beat Seconds and Chronograph Wristwatch.

With rich British heritage and unparalleled style, Arnold & Son never ceases to amaze and delight watch lovers with its deft blend of respected watchmaking tradition, visionary ingenuity and untiring commitment to excellence. The Instrument CTB comes in a stainless steel case and houses the in house developed self winding mechanical movement A&S7103.

Arnold and Son Instrument CTB the World’s First True Beat Seconds and Chronograph Wristwatch

Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection is inspired by the timepieces produced during the second part of John Arnold’s life when he and his son, John Roger, dedicated themselves to the quest for absolute precision (thereby establishing themselves as official suppliers to the Royal Navy).

Underscoring its continued commitment to forward-thinking precision, Arnold & Son’s watchmaking experts masterfully rose to challenge of creating a World’s First in a wristwatch: a chronograph with a central true beat seconds hand.

The magnificent CTB represents the brand’s second chronograph and blends the iconic Instrument Collection complication of a true beat seconds, while at the same time remaining true to the line’s optic code of superb legibility.

This aesthetic direction has been achieved by incorporating a central true beat seconds hand and a central chronograph seconds hand – both on the same axis but with different jumping intervals. A huge technical challenge to have both functions operating from the centre, Arnold & Son’s unique invention is protected by two patents.

Arnold and Son Instrument CTB the World’s First True Beat Seconds and Chronograph Wristwatch

Sometimes referred to as a dead beat seconds, the true beat seconds is a precision function wherein the seconds beat incrementally as opposed to sweeping along the dial – allowing for more accurate reading. To accomplish this function in and of itself is no easy feat.

However, Arnold & Son has taken the idea to new heights by incorporating the true beat seconds on the same axis as the chronograph seconds hand. The result, when the continually running chronograph hand is started, is visually amazing.

It gives the impression that it can catch up to the true beat seconds hand, but this never happens since the true beat seconds hand jumps away each second in a delightful and entrancing game of cat and mouse.

Arnold and Son Instrument CTB the World’s First True Beat Seconds and Chronograph Wristwatch

The A&S7103 calibre is a proprietary mechanical self-winding movement with column-wheel operated chronograph. The movement is configured to give optimum balance and beauty to the dial, with off-centered hour and minutes at 12 o’clock, big central true beat seconds and central chronographs seconds, and 60-minutes chronograph indicator at 6 o’clock.

The 31-jewel movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers more than 50 hours of power reserve. This world’s-first timepiece also offers the efficiency of bi-directional winding thanks to ceramic ball bearings.

Each movement is NAC grey treated and meticulously completed in Haute Horlogerie finishing with hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, brushed and skeletonised rotor, and screws with bevelled and mirror -polished heads. The 44 mm stainless steel timepiece is offered with a light-grey and silvery opaline dial.

The dial has a complex multi-level structure with at least three different finishes that offer breathtaking depth and dimension.

Technical details

Model: Arnold & Son Instrument CTB
Reference: 1CHAS.S02A.C121S

Calibre: A&S7103
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, column wheel, ceramic ball bearing, 31 jewels, diameter 30.4 mm, thickness 8.5mm, power reserve 50 h (without chronograph), 28,800 vibrations/h

Movement decoration: NAC grey treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads. Oscillating weight: skeletonised with brushed surfaces

Hours, minutes, true beat seconds, chronograph

Light-grey and silvery opaline

Stainless steel, diameter 44 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

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