With Arnold & Son’s limited white-gold edition DSTB timepiece, the 251-year-old horologic house brings its artistry to the surface. As the name would suggest, the latest Dial Side True Beat (DSTB) presents its automatic movement (with a proprietary true-beat seconds complication that marks the passage of each second with a small jump of the hand) directly on a dial encased by 18-karat white gold. At the 11 o’clock position, the complication’s hands, anchor-shaped lever, wheels, and bridges brilliantly stand out against a sapphire-blue backdrop—marking yet another example of watchmaking’s new blue period. And at 4 o’clock, blued hands display hours and minutes on a white-lacquered subdial.
Beautiful at the back as well, the watch reveals blued screws and a 22-karat red-gold, guilloché-patterned oscillating weight (embossed with the manufacture’s name and logo) under a sapphire-crystal caseback. Part of Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection, 125 examples of the reference will be released, each at a price of $51,500. (arnoldandson.com)