Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Arnold & Son's new Time Pyramid watch was debuted before Baselworld 2013 and I covered it here. Although I had seen images of the timepiece, it was on the short list of watches I was extremely eager to get my hands on at the Baselworld watch show. Inspired by the design of ornate clocks, the movement was a beautifully symmetrical mechanism with an open skeletonized design that emphasized aesthetic achievements as well as open views watch lovers and novices alike can enjoy with ease.

Relatively thin, the wide case sits impressively flat on the dial. At 44.6mm wide, the Time Pyramid isn't a small watch, but it certainly isn't too large to wear with formal attire. The expansive view through the double sapphire crystal displays further helps to reduce visual mass and space. This makes the overall wrist presence feel minimalized. Perhaps a small detail, it is actually important how the 6 o'clock placement of the crown gives the case a truly symmetrical feel as there is no crown jutting out of the side.

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For the time being, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid will only be available in 18k red gold. Moving forward we anticipate more versions of the Time Pyramid in other materials. Interestingly enough this watch is not a limited edition - meaning that at least for the near future, it will be part of Arnold & Son's standard collection.

Love it or hate it, the Time Pyramid is one of those types of skeletonized watches that you can see right through to your wrist. There are plenty of people who don't want to see their hairy wrist through the dial of their timepiece. Other people love the enhanced ability watches such as this offer when it comes to seeing their movements in action.

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Time Pyramid is an exclusive movement produced in-house by Arnold & Son for the watch called the caliber A&S1615. The movement offers an off-center time display, subsidiary seconds display, as well as a unique system for managing torque in the movement. The caliber A&s1615 includes two mainspring barrels. The idea is that one barrel will provide torque to the other barrel during the time when spring power is running out and torque goes down.

Reduced torque is something that can make a watch run slow, and thus affect accuracy. Having a system to ensure that a watch regulation system is "on time" is what Arnold & Son tried to do.  It does this by having the right barrel use a system that waits for the power to decrease by a certain amount in the left barrel. When the mainspring torque reaches a certain point, the second mainspring barrel kicks in to offer additional power to increase torque.

The dial of the Time Pyramid has two squiggly style power reserve indicator hands for the power reserve of each of the two barrels. The movement itself is finished with polished edges, traditional polishing, and blue screws. The transparency of the dial, as well as the constant movement of the escapement up near 12 o'clock is very flattering to the overall look, and ensures that the Time Pyramid is a watch people actually want to spend a lot of time looking at. One of the top beauties of 2013, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid isn't terribly priced given what you are getting at around $40,000.

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Tech specs from Arnold & Son

Calibre: A&S1615 Exclusive Arnold & Son skeletonized mechanical movement, hand-wound, 27 jewels, diameter 37 mm, thickness 4.40 mm, power reserve over 80 h, 21’600 vibrations/h
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, double power reserve indication
Movement decoration: skeletonized nickel-silver movement, rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: manually chamfered bridges with polished edges, Côtes de Genève, circular satin-finished wheels, blued screws
Dial: sapphire, circular satin-finished dial frame with chamfered and polished edge
Case: 18-carat red gold, diameter 44.6 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m
Strap: hand-stitched brown or black alligator leather
Reference: 1TPAR.S01A.C124A 18-carat red gold case

What do you think?
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  • Ulysses31

    It just looks like there’s too much empty space in the top half of the watch.  All the transparent areas make it hard to read, especially the level of power-reserve.  On a superficial level and without much analysis it would be easy to gush about this timepiece (as you see a lot on the facebook page) but if you’re into see-through watches there are other options.

  • Kris C

    I’m in the ‘don’t want to see my wrist through the watch’ club. I really like the case layout though – it does look like a comfy watch.
    I wonder what it would look like if the rear sapphire was smoked or tinted. Not so much that it’s opaque, but enough where you don’t get slapped in the face with a view of your naked wrist, like walking past a condo building downtown and casually looking up at the exact moment some dude right out of the shower is standing at the window drawing the blinds closed. True story. Not a pretty one…

  • TimelyOne

    A wonderful balanced timepiece. A delecate and elegant movement like this almost makes you to forget the degree of engineering required to accomplish this look.

  • Ryan B

    The movement is strikingly beautiful and well executed, legibility of the actual time might be tricky under certain lighting conditions for the power reserve, hand and hour markers are too dark in contrast to the rest of it. Other than that I love this watch, even if I could see my arm hair through the case I’m pretty sure I’d get over it quickly once it was on my wrist. Great review.

  • nateb123

    Arnold and Son need to hire someone else to do their press photos, they look like crap in them compared to in these pictures and the video.
    I will say that I think they overuse blued screws WAY too much.  It just looks ugly with blue spots all over the movements like it has developed some kind of pox.  Always reminds me of pseudo-decorated Chinese movements you find in Fossil watches to boot.  They’ve clearly got the craftmanship, they just need to learn to show it off in a way that’s tastefully understated.

    • MarkCarson

      In photos (even on my laptop computer) everything looks larger. In person, the blued screws are not out of place. This is a gorgeous watch. I even had a hard time seeing the blued power reserve indicators on the sides in person with my old eyes (without reading glasses that is). $40K is a lot of money for any watch, but if you look at other watches in this price range, you will find that this watch is no doubt more distinctive than say a $40 annual calendar from a better known brand.

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