The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid, showcased at the ongoing Dubai Watch Week 2023, has received an opulent upgrade. The Time Pyramid 42.5, venturing into innovative dimensions in watchmaking, features a redesigned 42.5 mm case, a blue aventurine glass back, and a white opal minutes circle. This timepiece is offered in both red gold (limited to 88 pieces) and platinum (limited to 38 pieces). Drawing inspiration from the clock designs of the 1830s, the collection marks a significant departure from conventional linear and cyclical interpretations of time, achieving remarkable contrasts, transparency, and symmetry.
GMT India takes a closer look at the intricate details.
Revolutionising Time Representation
Arnold & Son has dared to defy conventional perceptions of time representation with its Time Pyramid collection, drawing inspiration from the clockmaking legacy of John Arnold and his British counterparts in the 1830s. Breaking away from the customary circular movement arrangement, the brand orchestrates a vertical alignment, presenting a design that transcends the chronometric horizon.
In the redesign of Time Pyramid, the absence of a full-sized, conventional dial reveals a captivating skeletonised movement, reminiscent of a pyramid or an anchor, paying homage to John Arnold's historical role as the watchmaker for the Royal Navy. Revisiting and extending clockmaking codes, Arnold & Son has indeed transformed the traditional wristwatch.
The new 42.5 mm case, with a thickness of 10.72 mm, is available in either red gold (5N) or platinum (PT950), emphasising the distinctive features of Time Pyramid's movement. The crown's unique placement at 6 o'clock and the baroque approach to symmetry contribute to the singular identity of this timepiece. The open-air design of the caseback introduces a novel interpretation with aventurine glass, a material originating from Venice, characterised by constellated copper inclusions. This glass serves as a backdrop, creating a mesmerising interplay of transparency and colour when the watch is not worn.
The unconventional dial of the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid further enhances the visual spectacle, featuring alternating gold-plated and NAC-treated (anthracite) finishes that showcase Côtes de Genève stripes. The movement is prominently displayed, with the wide opening and the slender bezel revealing the intricate mechanical arrangement. The screw balance takes centre stage at 12 o'clock, surrounded by meticulously finished components, including hand chamfering, satin-finished and sunray-brushed wheels, snailed barrels, and blued screws.
Symmetry and Precision
The symmetrical theme continues with two power-reserve indicators flanking the encircled dial, highlighting the twin barrels powering the A&S1615 calibre just below the surface. Developed, machined, assembled, and adjusted at the Manufacture, this caliber boasts a remarkable 90-hour power reserve, without requiring rewinding.
Completed on a blue alligator leather, hand-stitched strap with black calfskin lining, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid watch emerges as a testament to innovation and craftsmanship with its meticulous attention to detail.