A Bridge Across The World From Arnold & Son

A Bridge Across The World From Arnold & Son

Having first appeared in Red Gold, Arnold & Son have updated their Globetrotter featuring a steel case that co-ordinates perfectly with the large bridge spanning the world map of the northern hemisphere. 

The Globetrotter Steel preserves the Earth’s half-globe and sapphire crystal ring, which together make it possible to read the time north of the equator. A choice of two dials is available. One in tonal blue, lacquered, with sunburst decoration, in an exclusive series of only 88 pieces. The other, in silvery white, also lacquered and with sunburst decoration, with no limit on the number of pieces.

Arnold & Son has designed a watch with harmonious, sleek lines. The case forms a continuous line from the strap to the sapphire crystal dome suspended above the dial. This large transparent hemisphere follows the line of the steel arch bridge that sets the Globetrotter collection apart from all other timepieces. This arch is openworked with a satin finish on all its flat surfaces, chamfered and polished by hand. 

The hemisphere was the guiding principle for the design, requiring a certain amount of space. Everything resting above the equator, including America, Eurasia and Africa, is all visible in a wealth of detail. The model is a one-of-a-kind sculpture, the continents first rhodium-plated and polished. In contrast, mountain ranges are rendered matt. The oceans are hand-painted with numerous layers of lacquer in blue pigments, enriched with mother-of-pearl powder which imparts exceptional depth and shine. In a lighter tone enriched with Super-LumiNova, the shorelines stand out at night, further accentuating the textured elements of this miniature showcase of manual craftsmanship.

The Globetrotter Steel is equipped with the Maison’s A&S6022 self-winding calibre. Like all Arnold & Son movements, it has been fully developed, manufactured, decorated, assembled, adjusted and fitted at its factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The oscillating weight with a Clous de Paris guilloché pattern is skeletonized and NAC coated, bringing its hue closer to that of the movement. The A&S6022 calibre is decorated according to traditional fine watchmaking motifs: pearlized main plate, sunburst Côtes de Genève bridges, satin-finished wheels, and chamfered and polished screws. The specific finish used for this model is its very special NAC treatment. 

Technical specifications:

Globetrotter Steel

Functions                    hours and minutes, world hours (24-hour ring)


Calibre                         A&S6022, self-winding mechanism

Jewels                         29

Diameter                     39.00 mm

Thickness                    6.55 mm

Power reserve             45 hours 

Frequency                   4 Hz / 28,800 vph

Decoration                  main plate: circular-grained and NAC coated

                                     bridges: chamfered and polished, NAC coated sunburst Côtes de Genève 

                                     wheels: circular, rhodium-plated satin finish

                                     screws: bevelled and mirror polished

                                     oscillating weight: engraved and skeletonized, ADLC and NAC coated

Dial                              lacquered, brushed sunburst 

                                     tonal blue or opaline, Roman numeral transfers

24-hour ring              sapphire crystal with hour transfers

Earth’s dome             continents: polished sculpture with mattified mountain range details 

                                     oceans: hand-painted, blue lacquer and mother-of-pearl powder

                                     shores: hand-painted, blue lacquer, mother-of-pearl powder and Super-LumiNova

                                     bridge: steel, chamfered, polished and satin-brushed       


Material                       stainless steel

Diameter                     45.00 mm

Crystal                         domed sapphire, anti-reflective treatment on both sides 

Back                             sapphire crystal, anti-reflective treatment

Water resistance         30 metres/100ft


Material                        hand-stitched blue alligator leather

Buckle                           pin, stainless steel

Reference                    blue: 1WTAS.U01C.C155S

                                     opaline: 1WTAS.S02C.C155S

Limited edition            blue: 88 pieces

                                     opaline: not limited

Worldwide                    blue: CHF 18,900 before tax (subject to change)

retail price                   opaline: CHF 17,900 before tax (subject to change)

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