After unveiling the limited edition Globetrotter Gold, Swiss luxury watch brand Arnold & Son is offering new steel versions of its world time wristwatch. The Globetrotter Steel preserves the Earth’s half-globe and sapphire crystal ring, which together make it possible to read the time north of the equator.
Two new stainless steel models are available. The first version has a tonal blue dial, lacquered, with sunburst decoration, in an exclusive series of only 88 pieces. The other has a silvery white dial, also lacquered and with sunburst decoration, with no limit on the number of pieces.
The case forms a continuous line from the strap to the sapphire crystal dome suspended above the dial. This large transparent hemisphere follows the line of the steel arch bridge that sets the Globetrotter collection apart from all other timepieces.
This arch is open-worked with a satin finish on all its flat surfaces, chamfered and polished by hand. The slender chords rest on two feet fixed with screws, like a stylised bridge spanning two banks. Here it reaches across half of the world, the most densely inhabited part of the earth: the northern hemisphere.
At 45mm, the Globetrotter Steel has a large case. The hemisphere was the guiding principle for the design, requiring a certain amount of space. Everything resting above the equator, including America, Eurasia and Africa, is all visible in a wealth of detail. The model is a one-of-a-kind sculpture, the continents first rhodium-plated and polished.
In contrast, mountain ranges are rendered matt. The oceans are hand-painted with numerous layers of lacquer in blue pigments, enriched with mother-of-pearl powder which imparts exceptional depth and shine. In a lighter tone enriched with Super-LumiNova, the shorelines stand out at night, further accentuating the textured elements of this miniature showcase of manual craftsmanship.
Arnold & Son is also offering the southern hemisphere variant and can customise the world map of Globetrotter collection pieces to special order.
The Globetrotter Steel is equipped with the Maison’s A&S6022 self-winding calibre. Like all Arnold & Son movements, it has been fully developed, manufactured, decorated, assembled, adjusted and fitted at its factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The oscillating weight with a Clous de Paris guilloché pattern is skeletonized and NAC coated, bringing its hue closer to that of the movement.
The A&S6022 calibre is decorated according to traditional fine watchmaking motifs: pearlized main plate, sunburst Côtes de Genève bridges, satin-finished wheels, and chamfered and polished screws. The specific finish used for this model is its very special NAC treatment. This type of plating uses precious metals which are close to platinum, resulting in a particularly high-quality anthracite finish that perfectly matches the grey case of the Globetrotter Steel.
Model: Globetrotter Steel
Hours and minutes, world hours (24-hour ring)
Calibre A&S 6022 self-winding mechanism
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Thickness: 6.55 mm
Power reserve: 45 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 vph
Main plate: circular-grained and NAC coated
Bridges: chamfered and polished, NAC coated sunburst Côtes de Genève
Wheels: circular, rhodium-plated satin finish
Screws: bevelled and mirror polished
Oscillating weight: engraved and skeletonized, ADLC and NAC coated
Lacquered, brushed sunburst tonal blue or opaline, Roman numeral transfers
24-hour ring: sapphire crystal with hour transfers
Continents: polished sculpture with mattified mountain range details
Oceans: hand-painted, blue lacquer and mother-of-pearl powder
Shores: hand-painted, blue lacquer, mother-of-pearl powder and Super-LumiNova
Bridge: steel, chamfered, polished and satin-brushed
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire, anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Back: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance 30 metres/100ft
Hand-stitched blue alligator leather
Buckle: Pin, stainless steel
Blue: 88 pieces
Opaline: not limited
Worldwide retail price
Blue: CHF 18,900 before tax (subject to change)
Opaline: CHF 17,900 before tax (subject to change)