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Arnold & Son Release Longitude Titanium, Their First Integrated Sports Watch Chronometer

Longitude Titanium Kingsand Gold

There have been many famous British watchmakers through history and their influence can still be felt in the industry today. One such watchmaker is John Arnold, the name behind the haute horology brand Arnold & Son. These days Arnold & Son operate as a Swiss brand producing incredible works of fine horology such as the Year of the Dragon Luna Magna. However, as of today they are stepping into the integrated sports watch game with the launch of the Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium.

Longitude Titanium Kingsand Gold

Off the bat, seeing an Arnold & Son integrated sports watch feels pretty weird. I’m so used to seeing precious metal dress watches, high complications and skeletonised timepieces that a 42.5mm titanium watch stands out like a sore thumb. Although it isn’t itself a sore thumb because I actually quite like the design. It has round, curving sides that are then angled across the horizontal axis between the bezel and lugs to give the piece a quasi-cushion case appearance. It’s then finished with vertical brushing.

Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium Ocean Blue
Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium Fern Green

Arnold & Son Longitude Ocean Blue

It sits comfortably within the archetype of integrated sports watches without being a direct homage to iconic watches like the Nautilus or Royal Oak. The completely round bezel with pronounced grip plays a large role in keeping the watch distinct from its cohort, the majority of which are obsessed with polygon bezels of varying numbers of sides. Although one aspect the Longitude Titanium does share with many other integrated watches is the H-link bracelet, a very popular design.

Arnold & Son Longitude Kingsand Gold

Moving to the dial, it’s very restrained by Arnold & Son standards. Wide bar indexes, partially skeletonised hands coated with lume, a snailed small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock and a minimalist power reserve indicator at 12. There are three colours to choose from starting with Ocean Blue, then Fern Green featuring rose gold coloured accents and lastly the limited edition Kingsand Gold with blue accents. Of the trio, I think the Fern Green is my personal favourite because there’s a gentleness to the colour that’s very soothing to look at.

Longitude Titanium Kingsand Gold Caseback

Beneath the dial is housed a new movement, the A&S6302 automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification and a 60-hour power reserve. The chronometer certification is actually very important to the watch’s identity because while the Longitude Titanium is a new type of watch from Arnold & Son, it’s not the first watch they’ve produced with the name Longitude. That’s because John Arnold was famous for producing marine chronometers that won awards from the Bureau des Longitudes and so chronometer status and the name Longitude have gone hand in hand since the 18th century.

Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium
Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium
Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium

Earlier in this article I was discussing the watch’s similarities and differences to other luxury integrated sports watches. Well, you can add ‘price’ to the list of similarities. The 88-piece limited edition Kingsand Gold is CHF 22,600 and the two non-limited versions are CHF 21,500 (approx. £19,820/£18,850). No one expected an Arnold & Son integrated sports watch and the results are pleasantly surprising.

Price and Specs:

Model: Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium
Ref: 1LTAT.J01A.N001U (kingsand gold), 1LTAT.U01A.N001U (ocean blue), 1LTAT.F01A.N001U (fern green)
Case: 33mm diameter x 6.65mm thickness, titanium
Dial: Kingsand gold, ocean blue or fern green
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Arnold & Son calibre A&S6302, COSC-certified, automatic, 36 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
Strap: Titanium bracelet with folding clasp with additional blue or green rubber with titanium pin buckle
Price: CHF 21,500 (approx. £19,820) (ocean blue and fern green) and CHF 22,600 (approx. £18,850), limited to 88 pieces (kingsand gold)

More details at Arnold & Son.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.