Worldtimers can be sleek, simple and minimal. Arnold & Son’s Globetrotter is no such thing. But then, what would you expect from the guys that brought us the Time Pyramid and DTE? Even by their standards though, this is something else.
Arnold & Son wear their seafaring heritage on their sleeve of course, it permeates a good deal of the brand DNA, and the Globetrotter plays into it beautifully. Front and centre is a glove so lovingly rendered its a few lines of longitude away from an old sea chart.
The huge globe’s held in place by a central bridge spanning the entire watch, allowing the delicately etched continents and oceans to rotate gently around to illustrate the different time zones. Yes simple city names would be clearer but which would you rather have?
The rest of the watch is just as immaculately finished, from the sapphire crystal 24-hour ring surrounding the glove to the 45mm steel case. Even the calibre 6022 in-house movement is stunning with NAC grey treated, skeletonized with brushed surfaces, meaning you get a lot of watch for 14,900 Swiss francs (just over £11,300).
Arnold & Son has taken part in some extraordinary historical voyages throughout the centuries – the reason they’re considered a heritage watchmaker – and while this might not be the most useful worldtimer for the modern traveller, it would have done James Cook and crew proud.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Arnold & Son Globetrotter
Dial/Case: 45mm diameter, silver-white opaline dial, Arabic numerals, blued steel hour and minute hands
Movement: Automatic A&S6022 calibre, central rotor engraved, hobnail motif with a black ADLC treatment
Power reserve: 45 hours
Price: CHF 14,900
More at: www.arnoldandson.com