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Arnold and Son Longitude Titanium

With its strikingly handsome good looks, the new Longitude Titanium collection from Arnold and Son celebrates the historical significance of John Arnold, who became the recipient of the prestigious Longitude Prize for his acclaimed marine chronometers, which ensured safe navigation at sea for generations of sailors. Visually stunning in its design and execution, the Longitude Titanium displays the origins of its maritime inspiration and its sea-faring heritage through a number of harmonious styling cues that interplay wonderfully throughout the model’s architecture.

Presented in Fern Green and Ocean Blue versions, as well as the Kingsand, a limited edition of only 88 pieces, the Arnold and Son Longitude Titanium watch marks an exciting new chapter for this distinguished independent watchmaking company. An incredibly stylish piece that exhibits discreet maritime influenced nuances, the watch is housed in a beautifully constructed titanium case, complemented by a titanium integrated bracelet. The exclusive Kingsand edition carries a dial dressed in a resplendent shade of golden sand, offset by rhodium-plated indications, with the small seconds and power reserve displays highlighted in bright blue. Brimming with contemporary styling and sporty elegance, the model is powered by the new Manufacture COSC certified A&S6304 automatic calibre, fitted with a 22ct red gold winding rotor.

The case of the watch is manufactured from titanium and measures at a width of 42.5mm with a height of 12.25mm. Decidedly modern in arrangement, its profile evokes the lines of contemporary sailing boats, while its middle is evocative of a ship’s waterline, and the case back recalls the curve of a keel. Contrasting satin and polished finishes enhance its curves, while the lower rim of the bezel displays precise grooves reminiscent of the fluted ring found on John Arnold’s marine chronometers. Flat edged lugs seamlessly embrace the titanium bracelet and consistent with the case design, the bracelet displays subtle curves upon its domed links and is finished with flawless satin and polished techniques. Notably, the water resistance of 100m is entirely in-keeping with the sporty character of the piece, and it has an ingenious system that allows for effortless changeability to the additional rubber strap that is supplied with each model.

The holistic approach to the design of the watch continues onto the dial, which displays a refined vertical finish that perfectly complements that of the bracelet. Rendered in a beautiful golden sandy tone that is a nod to John Arnold’s Cornwall birthplace, the Kingsand dial has a configuration that is also symbolic of his marine chronometers, with a power reserve at the 12 o’clock, a generous small seconds at the 6 o’clock, and central hands for the hours and minutes. Rhodium-plating on both the hour markers and the hands gives outstanding contrast against the dial surface, while a snailed finish on the small seconds dial provides visual depth.

Highly contemporary in appearance, the crisp styling of the dial is further elevated by the minimalist cut-out design of the power reserve, which together with the small seconds dial and the diminutive branding at the 3 o’clock, is accentuated with tones of light blue.

On the underside, a basin-shaped sapphire crystal caseback reveals the rear side view of the new A&S6302 calibre. Affirming its Haute Horlogerie credentials, the chamfered bridges are decorated with Arnold and Son’s signature ‘Rayons de la Gloire’ pattern, and it is fitted with a glorious 22ct gold rotor featuring graduations inspired by a mariner’s sextant. Entirely developed, produced and decorated at the company’s Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the calibre beats at a frequency of 28’800 vib/h and has a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound.

Presented in an exclusive release of only 88 pieces, the Arnold and Son Longitude Titanium Kingsand watch comes supplied with an additional rubber secured by the company’s interchangeable system.


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