Arnold & Son unveils two masterpieces for Geneva Watch Days 2023

The intriguing world of Arnold & Son is captured in three unique horological creations: Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight and DSTB 42 Red Gold and Platinum.

September 7, 2023: At the recently held Geneva Watch Days 2023, Swiss watchmaker Arnold & Son revealed two exquisite timepieces for the year. The first is a reimagined version of DSTB 42, and then, the Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight. 

Arnold & Son DSTB 2023

For the DSTB 42 lineup, the Swiss watchmaker invigorated two of its iconic designs. Described as ‘Dial-Side True Beat,’ the DSTB unveils the true-beat seconds on the dial side. The best part of the watch is this true-beat seconds. The sweep-seconds hand on the DSTB 42 jumps from second to second, powered by a mechanism similar to an escapement, developed by Arnold & Son’s watchmakers.

Displaying the true-beat seconds correctly was important for the brand. Hence, Arnold & Son created three dedicated bridges, whose graphic design and finishes give the dial its truly unique appearance. They are open-worked, three-dimensional, and carefully crafted from red or white gold, depending on the DSTB 42 version. This true-beat seconds mechanism fills the space with its presence, balanced out by the off-centred hours dial in white opal. True to its inspiration from the marine chronometers, the collection will feature two variants, DSTB 42 Red Gold and Platinum. 

Arnold & Son DSTB 2023

Both versions are powered by self-winding caliber A&S6203, oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and flaunting 55 hours of power reserve. While the DSTB Red Gold boasts copper with a blue PVD-treated dial, the DSTB 42 Platinum mesmerizes with platinum paired with a dial enhanced with rose-gold PVD treatment. 

Another piece to behold is the Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight. Limited to only 18 pieces, the timepiece is powered by A&S1612 caliber and boasts a 90-hour power reserve. Arnold & Son has ensured that this spectacular moon-phase timepiece will remain accurate for 122 years. 

Arnold & Son DSTB 2023

Measuring a dainty 38 mm in diameter, the case of the Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight is fashioned from a block of white gold. Its bezel, four lugs, and crown host a total of 80 brilliant-cut diamonds. When added to the 22 diamonds adorning its buckle, they amount to a total weight of 2.57 carats. 

Behind a wave of ruthenium crystals, a maze of blue, mint-green, and turquoise earthen hills, emerge one after the other before receding towards the horizon. The sky, scattered with hand-painted stars, is filled with an immense moon. Its surface, also made from ruthenium crystals, illuminates the sky. Five marquise-cut diamonds indicating the hours bring a glittering finishing touch to this work of art.

- By Pritha Debroy

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