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Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours

Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

Arnold & Son has a long and storied past filled with ornate complications that herald fine watchmaking and elegant design. In their newest addition to the Instrument Collection, the new Golden Wheel is updated from the previous model with touches like black numerals on the sapphire discs, a new outer ring on the dial, and a black ADLC dial plate. The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Ref.1HVAR.M01A.C120A carries over the tradition of the Golden Wheel line, which was the first watch to have both wandering hours and true beat seconds complications together. A unique piece in an 18k red gold case, this watch looks as cool as ever.

Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

The mother-of-pearl arc reaching from 10 to 2 provides a backdrop to the current hour that is displayed as a numeral that moves along a minute track, while the true or “dead” beat seconds are indicated by the central hand. The hours make their way to the top via three floating sapphire crystals that seem to hover above the dial with a simple arrow above each numeral to indicate the minutes. Wandering hours as a complication originates as far back as the 17th century, when it could be found in table clocks or those commissioned by such figures as Pope Alexander XII in 1656. Eventually, the craft made its way into pocket watches and as a result to modern wristwatches, which is quite a technical feat. Arnold & Son place a lot of emphasis on the fact that the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel is the world’s first wandering hour complication with true beat seconds in a wristwatch. True beat seconds, of course, create an effect in which the second hand “ticks” or “beats” each second rather than the customary sweeping motion typical of mechanical watches.

Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

The new Arnold & Son Golden Wheel is housed in a 44mm 18k red-gold case with a 30-meter water-resistance and cambered sapphire crystals on the front and back. That’s not the only sapphire at work here, though. This new version features black numerals on the three sapphire discs as well as an ADLC treated dial plate with Côtes de Genève finishing and a newly designed outer ring, all of which promises to increase readability. The previous version featured golden numerals, so the black will surely ease the wearer’s eye here.

Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel is powered by the Arnold & Son manufacture self-winding A&S6018 that runs at 28,800vph and offers a 45-hour power reserve. Featuring hand-chamfered bridges, the movement is treated with palladium and has Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The skeletonized weight is also palladium-treated and has smooth, brushed surfaces to create a fluid experience.

Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

The update to the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel definitely increases the contrast and legibility of an already beautiful timepiece. I much prefer this variant to the previous for the inclusion of the black numerals on the sapphire discs alone. A wandering hours complication is rare, and Arnold & Son has managed to keep improving. It is always nice to see a brand not only take on the more complex complications, but pair them with special features such as the true beat seconds we have in this instance.

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Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

Updated Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch With Wandering Hours Watch Releases

The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel comes paired with a dressy hand-stitched alligator leather strap in either brown or black. Pricing is $47,500arnoldandson.com

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  • WatchHulk

    Hulk no like price! Too expensive! Hulk SMASH!!!!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      If you had the cash, you wouldn’t buy this ?

      • IanE

        Wonderful, but there’s lots of options if anyone should give me the money to spend!

      • cluedog12

        Tons of quirky watches available for $50,000, it would be tough to ever decide on just one. Just looking at novel time displays, I would be tempted by a used Journe Vagabondage II in platinum.

    • DanW94

      Too much green for you? Kind of ironic….

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This is an absolute treat for the eyes. One tiny thing,…..the lungs look a bit pointy and i would have like to have seen them slope out from the face more, but am nit picking. Even just to see it for real, to touch it, watch it’s movement would be a dream.

    • Omegaboy

      I like pointy lungs.

  • ??????

    Fantastic watch. How badly I want this toy… Be careful: that arrow points straight at the heart!

    • Time flies like an arrow.

      Fruit flies like a banana.

  • awildermode

    I hope this is another contest…so I am commenting for a chance to win this watch. Awesome!

  • Richard Baptist

    Great watch, Arnold and son are on a roll. I’m not sure what are the economics of the watch industry to quibble about the price. This is an unusual combination of interesting complications. and 47k may be the correct price for what you get. But this is an unusual watch and I like that. Any chance of a video? Would love to see the wandering hours in action.

    • Kuroji

      Video would need to be time lapse.

      • Richard Baptist

        Not necessarily just film at 59 minutes and once it hits 60, the next hour should be just moving into the 0 minutes position.

  • Kuroji

    Is so weird! I love it!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Does Urwerk know about that?

    • iamcalledryan

      Look up ‘vintage Audemars Piguet wandering hours’. It’s a lovely complication and for URWERK to own the contemporary design, and A&S to deliver a classic alternative, frankly there are still not enough of these on the market!

      • SuperStrapper

        Agree.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Thanks. Wonderful piece.

  • SuperStrapper

    Poor and conservative man’s URWERK? Both of those being relative, of course.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    13 comments,………………….poor show.

  • iamcalledryan

    Love love love this. It’s remeniscent of some vintage AP wandering hours but with that decisive central seconds. Swoon.

    • laup nomis

      I’ve just googled that vintage AP wandering eye, sorry I mean wandering hour. I prefer it, its not so clinical, softer and more beautiful. ( just my 2cents, of course) Glad of the chance to see something I’d not come across before.

      • iamcalledryan

        I think it’s from the 90’s but based on older pocket watches. Considering it was made in the 90’s (most watches have not aged well from that decade) it is surprisingly striking to this day! I would very gladly wear one, but for me the A&S with the added dead seconds is KILLER.

  • Sevenmack

    Just gorgeous! Even in spite of thr gold.

  • laup nomis

    Arnold&Son are a hot brand at the moment. This is an interesting looking watch, and I think the true beat seconds do fit in with the ‘theme’ (for lack of a better word), of this watch. But at this price, its a brand decision, not a watch decision.

  • IVA the LT

    I think my favorite part is on the back where it spells out 1 “out of” 125 lol.

  • Timestandsstill

    Beautiful watch! So great that someone is making watches like this with classic historical complications. Arnold and Son have some real thoroughbreds in their stables. Too bad someone already took the catch phrase “master of complications”

    • iamcalledryan

      I agree, there is so much to talk about coming out from A&S and Angelus; really compelling movements and very refined and unique packages.

  • MEddie90

    A watch that only tells the h,m,s but does so in the most unconventional and juxtaposed ways possible. Wandering hours and a dead beat centre seconds combined, a relaxed, imprecise and poetic approach to the hours and minutes combined with a precise and sombre approach to a seconds hand. They should’nt work together but somehow both just seem to mesh perfectly.

    Stunning in nearly every way.

  • cluedog12

    Ditching the gold font for black proves that Arnold and Sons listens to its fans! Offers much more than the most watches in its price class, with slightly less meticulous movement finishing and less brand prestige. Probably a worthwhile trade off, but even more tempting for the secondary market.

  • MEddie90

    Also has anyone noticed the similarities between the Arnold and Son A&S6018 and another brands “in house” movement? 😉

    • iamcalledryan

      La Joux-Perret are owned by citizen, who own A&S and Angelus (and now FC). The movement images in this article suggests that they took the l J-P movement as a base and built the dead second and star wheel on the dial side. Bremont however, bought the base, added a rotor and a different balance bridge, called it an in-house movement – and the rest is history!

      • MEddie90

        Arnold and Son use this movement quite frequently in collaboration with a dead seconds module if i’m not mistaken, seems like a good choice as LJP make some of the best stuff on the market. Whenever I see it though it brings back flashbacks of the bermont disaster of 2014.

        • iamcalledryan

          The other day I went back through the comments at Hod. Morbid. It was a massive faux pas!

      • Exactly, Sébastien Chaulmontet is Head of Innovation at Manufacture La Joux-Perret, Angelus SA and Arnold & Son SA. So as head of movement design for LJP and Arnold & Son, this would have been an obvious base movement for him (as they are both “his”).

  • ZL

    Post updated with correct movement images. Apologies!

  • Maxai

    this watch is a dream.

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