Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Sir John Franklin Set

From Arnold & Son

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This collection of three pieces comprises the latest addition to Arnold & Son's Instrument Collection.

The dial of each watch has been writ large with an image from London's National Maritime Museum.  The paintings represent different events in the history of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus.  These vessels were sacrifice to John Franklin's ill fated search for the North-West Passage.

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 The dials are of mother-of-pearl featuring an off-set hour and minute "inner dial" at 9 o'clock.
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The main of the dial is dedicated to a true beat seconds function.

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The case is rose gold and measures 44 mm in diameter.  Limited to 28 sets.

Here are the details -


Arnold & Son manufacture 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

hours, minutes, true beat seconds

Movement decoration:
rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered
bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève
rayonnantes, brushed and skeletonised oscillating weight, blued screws
with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

hand-finished miniature, mother-of-pearl

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

hand-stitched brown alligator leather

Limited edition:
28 sets of 3 timepieces 

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