Arnold & Son’s The Sir John Franklin – Friendly Encounter is one of three watches in the Sir John Franklin set. They are the latest additions to the Instrument Collection and use three famous paintings from London’s National Maritime Museum as their inspiration.
The 44mm rose gold case is powered by the self-winding Caliber A&S6103 movement. The movement contains 30 jewels and a ceramic ball bearing and is decorated with hand-chamfered bridges and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes. The timepiece features a true-beat seconds and off-centered hour and minute hands. The painting on the mother-of-pearl dial depicts an episode in the life of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, ships that eventually perished during Sir John Franklin’s expedition to discover the North-West passage in the mid-19th century.
Dating back to 1764, John Arnold began the Arnold and Son dynasty in London, where he designed watches for wealthy clientele including royalty. His success skyrocketed after Arnold presented the smallest repeating watch ever made to King George III. With his patents for a detent escapement, bimetallic balance and helical balance spring, Arnold was one of the most inventive watchmakers of his day. Today, both the Royal collection and Instrument collection tell a story reflecting the brand’s legacy of opulent artistry and innovation. Discover more about Arnold & Son here.