Arnold & Son has updated the dials on two new steel-cased editions of its Globetrotter, the watchmaker’s distinctive world time watch.
The new Globetrotter Steel, with its sculpted half globe displaying the northern hemisphere framed in a sapphire crystal ring, offers the spare, more contemporary dial unveiled earlier this year on the red gold Globetrotter. But instead of that model’s gold markers, this new edition offers Roman numerals to indicate hours.
That arched steel bridge spanning the globe does more that catch the eye. It holds a functional ruby atop the domed dial. Reading world times starts at the ruby, where the eye imagines the start of a longitude line that extends to the 24-hour sapphire ring that surrounds the dial. The wearer identifies local time simply by reading the red hands.
At the center of the 45mm Globetrotter Steel, the hemisphere sculpture features rhodium-plated and polished continents with matte-polished mountain ranges. These are surrounded by hand-painted oceans with layers of blue lacquer pigments enriched with mother-of-pearl powder. (Arnold & Son notes that it also offer a southern hemisphere edition of the Globetrotter Steel and can also customize the world map for special orders.)
Arnold & Son is offering a choice of two dials for the newest Globetrotter Steel. One new version displays the northern hemisphere surrounded by a brilliant lacquered blue with sunburst decoration, in a series of eighty-eight pieces. The other features a silvery white lacquered dial and with sunburst decoration. The latter model is not a limited edition.
Prices: CHF 18,900 (blue dial) and CHF17,900 (silvery white dial).