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Four Significant Luxury Watches from Baselworld 2014

James D. Malcolmson

Arnold and Son CTB

Although it might easily stand on its own as a singular launch, Arnold and Son’s CTB, a chronograph with a dead-beat seconds hand on the same axis as the chronograph hand, is merely the most interesting of a number of new watches from the brand, which all feature brand-new, in-house movements. The extensiveness of Arnold and Son’s development capacity, which became visible last year, is now fully apparent and clearly rivals the activity taking place at much larger brands. Although set up with its own staff and premises that create exclusive movements, Arnold and Son’s technical savior faire flows from the renowned movement specialist La Joux-Perret, which over the last decade has consistently impressed experts with its ability to execute creative movements.

Like other recent Arnold and Son watches, the CTB includes references to the historically significant work of the brand’s namesake, John Arnold. But at the direction of Sebastien Chaulmontet, the brand’s head of development, these touches are limited and are not allowed to interfere with the forward-looking aspects of the brand’s design, which are expressed in contemporary Swiss movement finishes. The approach has received mixed reactions. Some regard the brand as a virtual candy store of haute horlogerie. Others, however, see the modern Swiss elements as a dilution of what might otherwise be a truly individual watchmaking expression. (www.arnoldandson.com)

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