At a first glance, the 2013 hand-wound Arnold & Son DBS (Ref. 1DSAP.W01A.C120P) looks like it was inspired by the ultra-expensive Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre family. It is, in fact, a tribute to a pair of much older timekeepers made by John-Roger Arnold between 1796 and 1799 respectively. Both watches were able to display mean solar and sidereal time on two separate sub-dials and featured an ingenuous bimetallic thermo-compensated Z balance.
The automatic Graham Chronofighter Oversize Score Baja 1000 (ref. 2CCAU.B04A.T17N) chronograph brings you an interesting combo of a military-styled, matte-black dial with beige-colored luminescent paint on hands and numerals, and a sporty, probably expensive, too, carbon-fiber chronograph start/stop trigger.
It is not the first time that the British brand introduces a watch with a tourbillon escapement (back in 2009 they started selling a monstrous Graham Chronofighter Trigger Tourbillograph Havana (ref. 2TTAR.C01A.C87B) model.) Still, the hand-wound Geo.Graham The Moon (ref. 2GGAP.U01A.C128B) is their opus magnum both in terms of exterior design and technical ingenuity.
It looks, just like it is with their new Graham Chronofighter Prodive Professional diver, the British-based brand has finally found a good use for its (in)famous trigger-style chronograph push-piece. Capable of starting, stopping and resetting the chronograph even deep underwater, the trigger looks like an ideal choice for a watch, which is supposed to be operated by gloved hands. I mean, just imagine how comfortable it could be to operate the time measuring complication in situations where you just don’t have time to feel a small, traditionally shaped pusher whether it is located somewhere on the piece’s back or even on the winding crown itself!
Mostly known for their “tributes” to more expensive, legendary (or, in other words, class-defining) models like different iterations of Rolex Submariner, the iconic IWC Portuguese and the likes, the British-based brand, however, sometimes offers a lot more original watches of their own design. The new Chr. Ward Makaira Pro 500 (Ref. C11-MAK-SKWSI) diver belongs to the latter breed of timekeepers that an enthusiast can easily wear without losing the tiniest bit of their self-respect.
Watchmaking brands all over the civilized world (especially those that have a sporty model or two in their vast product ranges) LOVE to be associated with the high-revving world of motorsports in general and the guys that tend to win a lot of races in particular. The British watchmaker Graham is absolutely no exception here. That’s why they dedicated their new Graham Silverstone Stowe Racing Mexico Limited Edition 100 to Mr. Mario Dominguez, a Mexican racing driver that, according to Wikipedia, had competed in the CART and CCWS Champ Car series and even had his podium in the famous IndyCar Series back in 2008.
For the year 2012, the British watchmaking house has prepared yet another version of their outrageous Hornet collection of “world timers.” The 2012 Arnold & Son Hornet World Time Skeleton features the same impressive body of gargantuan proportions, which is now crafted from stainless steel and features an open-worked dial that makes quite a dubious impression.
Graham’s watches are rarely straightforward, but this 2012 Graham Chronofighter 1695 Hotsy Totsy (Ref. 2CXAP.S03A) provokes the most acute attack of cognitive dissonance. I mean, could you expect a classic, vintage-style dress watch to be equipped with a huge, M1 Garand-style trigger made from 18-karat rose gold?
The British watchmakers Arnold & Son have just released a new, interesting timepiece that sports a complication you will rarely see in timekeepers from major watch manufacturers. As one can gather from its name, the sporty hand-wound Arnold & Son True Beat 88 (Ref. 1TBAP.B01A.C113A) features a “dead beat” small seconds hand that makes precisely 60 jumps per minute.
With its new made-to-order Dent Denison limited edition the young British brand tries to get its toe into the market of premium, ultra-exclusive mechanical timepieces, that is currently dominated by the Swiss-based maisons.