Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The East India Company Set from Arnold & Son

A magnificent tribute to the fabulous East Indiamen:

the East India Company Set from Arnold & Son

Courtesy of Arnold & Son
 The East India Company Set is the latest addition to Arnold & Son’s Instrument Collection and comprises three timepieces that combine maritime precision with aesthetic perfection. The models celebrate the East Indiamen, the vessels that helped to establish the trading supremacy of the East India Company.

The East India Company was the most powerful and famous of the commercial empires that profited from trade expansion between Europe, the Americas, India and China. Underpinning its supremacy were the heavily armed trading ships that were also regularly used by the Royal Navy. Now, with the East India Company Set, Arnold & Son unveils a trio of true beat timepieces. Gracing the dial of each model is an exquisitely hand-finished miniature replicating one of three paintings from the National Maritime Museum in London. The art of painting miniatures by hand calls for infinite patience and consummate skill. The tiny brushstrokes and texturing gradually build up entire images with an astonishing richness of detail that is given even greater emphasis by the reflection of light in the depth of the mother-of-pearl dials, and underscore Arnold & Son’s mastery of the decorative arts.

Main technical characteristics:

Calibre: A&S6103
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, ceramic ball bearing, 30 jewels, diameter 30.4 mm, thickness 7.79 mm, power reserve 50 h, 28’800 vibrations/h, stop seconds

Functions: hours, minutes, true beat seconds

Movement decoration: rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: manually
chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, brushed and skeletonised rotor, blued screws

Dial: hand-finished miniature painting, mother-of-pearl

Case: 18-carat rose gold, diameter 44 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap: Hand-stitched brown alligator leather

Limited edition: 28 sets of 3 timepieces



TB East Indiamen – A fleet of East Indiamen


TB East Indiamen – East Indiamen in the China Seas


TB East Indiamen – The Honourable East India Company’s Ship

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