It’s probably fair to say that when John Arnold founded the Arnold & Son watchmaking company in London in 1764 he may never have thought that it would be still going strong almost 250 years later. You could say that the brand is the very best of British watchmaking. Well, that’s not strictly true as it has been Swiss owned since 1995. Nonetheless, today it very much continues in the same vein as John Arnold all those years ago and has created several notable timepieces that helped celebrate the life and times of its groundbreaking founder.
John Arnold – A Legend in Watchmaking
There is of course good reason to celebrate John Arnold’s watchmaking achievements. The well respected English watchmaker rose to prominence in the 18th century, making a number of timepieces for King George III. This helped to catapult his already excellent reputation to new found levels of fame that saw him invent a number of timepieces that were created specifically to be used on many of the British Royal Naval ships of the day. His first major horological breakthrough saw him create the first pocket chronometer, named simply, No 36, which is now on display at the National Maritime Museum in London. He also invented the bimetallic spring and the helical balance spring, as well as the spring detent escapement.
Arnold would also learn more about the art of watchmaking through his studies in Paris with his father’s friend, Abraham Louis Breguet. Before long, Arnold Chronometers would accompany some of Britain’s most famous explorers on their voyages around the world, including Captain James Cook, George Vancouver and Constantine Phipps.
The TB88 pays homage to the mechanical achievements and accuracy of John Arnold’s earliest timepieces. Not only does the TB88 look pretty incredible, technologically speaking it is just as impressive. This is due to the watches movement being inverted, which means that what you can see on the dial would normally be found on the reverse of the watch. The movement features a perfect symmetrical layout. Twin barrels can be found at the top of the dial and a seconds true beats indicator between 7 and 8 o’clock, with the balance wheel found between the positions of 7 and 8.
Inside, the watch features an A&S5003 calibre movement and when fully wound, the two barrels generate 100 hours power reserve. The TB88 beats at 18,000 vph and also features an overcoil balance spring from Breguet. The overall look of the dial is further enhanced by the black ruthenium of the movement and bridges, which really helps to highlight the majority of the watches moving parts.
The TB88 is comfortably housed inside either a stainless steel or 18k rose gold case that measures 46mm in diameter. The watch offers 30m water resistance and is nicely finished with a black alligator hand stitched leather strap.
If you plan on any seafaring adventures in the New Year then you might want to consider forking out in excess of £32,000 for the TB88.
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