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Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

In a bold effort that pays homage to one of the most historically significant chronometers – the John Arnold pocket chronometer No. 1/36 – Arnold & Son has just announced the new Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal. A followup to the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 announced during Baselworld 2017, this new version introduces dark grey and rose gold tones that serve to enhance the visual beauty and complexity of a watch that showcases the brand’s technical prowess. More importantly, the watch features a new stainless steel case with anthracite DLC coating to achieve the pronounced gunmetal look. While the inspiration for the watch is arguably one of the most important classical timepieces in the brand’s history, this model is far more contemporary in its execution and design.

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

The original “Arnold 36” chronometer was not only the first pocket watch by John Arnold to use a larger movement with the “T” balance, but also the first to be called a “chronometer” for its superior timekeeping capabilities. This was, of course, before the COSC affiliation that term is known for today. Rather than fully replicate the piece visually, however, Arnold & Son has created something striking and modern with a movement that essentially takes place of the dial completely. Aside from the Arnold 36 chronometer, Arnold & Son is also paying tribute to the old English gunsmith tradition, which is closely related to traditional watchmaking and shares many common techniques.

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

The case itself is large at 46mm, which is appropriate considering how much there is to appreciate on the dial side. Everything is on display and demonstrates some of the most lavishly decorated components the brand is capable of producing. The main pivoting elements such as the wheels, barrels, the tourbillon, and others are each mounted on their own bridge. The triangular, multilevel bridges (no less than thirteen) are mostly skeletonized, providing a more contemporary sense of three-dimensional depth to the entire timepiece. The inner dial bezel is also Rhodium treated with black indexes and water resistance is generous at 30m.

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

Inside, the COSC-certified calibre A&S8600 operates at 4Hz with the help of a double barrel system that ensure 90 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It’s manually wound, with a main plate and bridges treated with a golden coating, echoing the aesthetics of the historical pocket watches made by John Arnold. The heart of the watch, the tourbillon, features a traditional construction with a top bridge, while the mirror-polished cage has the signature Arnold & Son three-spoke design, making a complete turn in 60 seconds.

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

The main plate is also set with mirror-polished 18k gold chatons and the wheels in the gear train are embellished with circular satin finishing with chamfered and polished edges. Even the screws are beveled and feature mirror-polished heads. While complex in its execution, the movement allows for an elegant and simple time-only display with running seconds. Other features include a dual AR-coated sapphire crystal and a sapphire display caseback.

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Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

Tourbillon Chronometer No.36 Specifications

  • Calibre: A&S8600. Manufacture Arnold & Son calibre, hand-wound, 33 jewels, diameter 37.8 mm, thickness 5.9 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 4 Hz / 28’800, COSC-certified
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, tourbillon
  • Movement decoration: Nickel-silver and steel movement, 5N red gold treated bridges and main plate with Haute Horlogerie finishing: sand blasted bridges with chamfered and polished edges, 18k gold chatons, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads Tourbillon cage: mirror-polished with hand-chamfered polished edges and circular satin-finished surfaces
  • Dial: Inner bezel Rhodium treated with black indexes
  • Case: Stainless steel with anthracite DLC coating, diameter 46 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 30m

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal Watch Watch Releases

The Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal is a limited edition of 28 pieces with a retail price of 36,400 CHF (excluding VAT). You can learn more by visiting the official Arnold & Son website. arnoldandson.com

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  • Tea Hound

    Whilst looking ok in some of the photos, this watch looks terrible in every wrist shot.

    • DanW94

      I don’t think it’s the watch, I think it’s that ridiculous looking fur coat sleeve the guy has on that’s trying to swallow the watch…

  • BJ314

    Not shure about colorway, but beautiful in every other way.

    • IanE

      Agreed – I’d like to see it with yellow gold instead of the, in this context, rather feminine and unassertive, rose gold.

  • IG

    When will the Grandson arrive?

  • Yan Fin

    Maybe it just me, but it looks more like No.37

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I am so fed up with these cockamamie pieces of nonsense.

    ” The case itself is large at 46mm, which is appropriate considering how much there is to appreciate on the dial side “……….Yeah, that’s great, it is a nice movement to look at but you’re asking me to shell out £27,500 for a watch with so many negative and unpractical points it’s beyond ridiculous.
    This is nasty looking from the case design ( that matt black looks like rubber ). Gun metal ?……i don’t see the attraction, to that awful strap. Cheapens the whole look.
    I get this is a rich man’s toy and he probably has some more practical pieces in his collection. I live in Scotland, i need lume !. It’s dark here till March.
    You have spent so much effort making the dial as ilegible as possible the reverse is a bit of a let down.
    Crowns awful
    Lugs look like an afterthought
    In short,………………………….i don’t like it.

    • Marius

      “I live in Scotland, i need lume !. It’s dark here till March.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c83c8b904187086511837ff3c47d80e8d96dfc1ee28269790b394a33a958ba9c.jpg

      • Raymond Wilkie

        You’re looking at Glen Coe as the backdrop of these pictures. Stunning. A glen is a valley.

        • DanW94

          Is that anywhere near Glen Garry and Glen Ross?

          • Dr Bodo von Falternfels

            Close.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Not even.

          • Dr Bodo von Falternfels

            Glenn Close, Raymond. The actress.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            This is how we go off on tangents on this blog , let’s all try and focus.

          • DanW94

            You’re the one talking about the Nomos Tangents on an Arnold & Son review, not us.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I see what you did there 🙂

          • DanW94

            I see, said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw…

          • JosephWelke

            “It’s all coming back to me!” he said as he pissed into the wind…

          • Marius

            I love it when a plan comes together, he said…

    • BJ314

      You’re looking for an Arnold & Son Tourbillon with lume? You can’t shell out £27,500 for a watch without it? Well sir, please provide a list of all the tourbillon watches you currently own that cost £27,500 or more and have lume. You, your purchases. Not what’s “available”.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I’ll do no such thing. My comment didn’t suggest anything of the sort. I merely pointed out as someone who will never spend £27,500 on single watch that any watch i do buy has to be practical enough for the environment i live in. And i need lume. Lots of it.

        • Good Gene 42K18

          Then I hope Rodge is going to have a fire sale.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            That’s not Rogers style.

  • Ranchracer

    Very cool. Stupid expensive. Next?

  • BNABOD

    It is like a Zenith pilot met a A&S and had a hybrid of a watch but the result is just a huge miss. The front is nice, fairly classic in style, the back side is just so plain, so boring, so not A&S like somehow they forgot about it. The case in gun metal just doesn’t fit the style, the crown is out of place just like the jacket. In short I think it blows

  • SuperStrapper

    Pays tribute to historic gunsmithing with a DLC coating? Case hardened steel would have made much more sense and probably looked a lot better.

    • Looks more like anodized aluminum to me. Case hardening would have been really interesting.

      • SuperStrapper

        The article says DLC but you’re right, there’s nothing luxurious about that look.

  • Marius

    What’s the Early-Bird Pledge price?

  • Ian john horwood

    I’ll stick with my sbgj hi-beat gmt, better watch than this piece of scrap yard looking piece in every respect, including price.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Yes but the seiko looks generic, very much like an expensive 5.

      Seikos including GS generally are soulless, lack characterer and too blingy.

      Why are you comparing it to this? Its like comparing a Honda SUV to a Maserati, or Apples to tomatoes.

      This is not one of A&S better watches, but way above the GS, in so many ways.

      • Ian john horwood

        Way above nothing, its absolutely horrible. How can a classic automatic watch with 36,000 bph with gmt function with adjustable hour hand, be classed as souless. Rolex datejust or oyster perpetual even more souless and blingy too then, but it cannot do what the gs gmt does. I Iike classic watches with purpose, especially the gs hi-beat gmt 36,000 bph, so smooth and slick, with adjustable hour hand function, and lovely display caseback. The rolex oyster and datejust cannot match this gs in any of these respects, and this gs does definately have soul. Your getting it mixed up with some ones silly thoughts on something like the ordinary 3 hand gs springdrive like the snow flake for example. All classic watches that are automatic with good looks have soul. An automatic beater is the soul of the watch. Plus no watch is emotional in any respect, its a tool to do a job, and that job is to tell the time as accurately as possible, not to adorn and dress you as a piece of women’s jewelery, or tell someone how much money you have.

        • Timestandsstill

          Really?

        • Gokart Mozart

          The majority of Rolexs, and all Oysters are also souless. But we are not talking about Rolex, althogh many GS seem to be Japanese Rolex wannabes.

          The features you mention about the GS are technical achievements. Good though they maybe there is nothing that makes me look at a GS and get emotional about it or think I would want one. That is what I mean by soul.

          As for looks it is about individual choice, you don’t like the A&S I don’t like the GS. You don’t like the Nomos from a couple of days ago I do, but I don’t like the Seiko you mentioned.

          Just because you have a thing for Seikos does not mean everything else is crap, you just need to broaden your mind.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            Are you new here or something? Everything besides the Seiko SNXS75 is crap, end of. OK? Sorry that everything you like is crap. 🙂

  • Asad Abbas Awan

    extremely beautiful in my opinion, looks classy and not usual or generic, to me…love it more than many high dollar pieces

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. Two of my grail watches are A&S: Time Pyramid and Golden Wheel.

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