Monday, July 16, 2012

Bottany Bay from Arnold & Sons

With a new distributor ready to take the wheel here in North America, I thought it would be fun to check out one of Arnold & Son's pieces from their Hornet James Cook Set - the Bottany Bay.
Courtesy of Arnold & Sons
This is 18 cts of pure Swiss horological goodness!  I am a sucker for world timers, and this one is no exception!  but beyond multiple time-zones and the beauty of the rose gold, it is the story that is told through the dial - a depiction of the landing at Bottany Bay, beautifully illustrated and worthy of such a beautiful world timer. 

I also must admit that the use of the sun as an embellishment to the second timezone's hand is a special touch.  Here are the details for those of you statistically inclined, direct from Arnold & Sons:


Hours, minutes, multiple time zone display, mean solar time, big date display at 5 o'clock.

Time zone pushpiece at 2 o'clock. Second time zone adjustment crown at 10 o'clock. World Timer outer ring rotating adjustment at 9 o'clock. Four central hands. 1) Hour triangle red-tipped hands 2) Long minute hand 3) First time zone shown by a long triangle-tipped hand with white superluminova completing a full turn of the dial in 24 hours 4) The long sun-tipped hand with red superluminova, can be set to show time zones in half-and quarter-hours, a useful aid in parts of the world like India and the Pacific. It also slides, permitting it to be set to display the mean solar time of any location according to its longitude.



Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, 41 jewels, diameter 38.55 mm, thickness 7.05 mm, power reserve 42 h, 28'800 vibrations /h Movement decoration: rhodium treated with fine circular graining and 'Côtes de Genève'.


18-Carat Rose Gold,

diameter 47mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back metallic sapphire

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