Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton Watch Hands-On

Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton Watch Hands-On

In ongoing years,  Arnold & Son  have delivered a few pieces that are simply wonders of watchmaking. Pieces like  the Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement (involved) and the Time Pyramid (active)  and this, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton watch, which offers a Double Balance and GMT complication (which is the place where the abbreviation DBG starts) alongside an amazingly even development flaunted in full with a skeletonized dial and display caseback. This model was delivered for Baselworld 2017 and we shared our underlying impressions here . Here, we’ll go involved with the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton and investigate what is most important to this watch, beside, you know… the double balances.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

When it comes to assessing the meaning of this watch, I think of it as urgent to take a gander at the brand’s history. Arnold & Son was established in 1764 by John Arnold in London’s Strand. In the very year, he introduced a half-quarter repeater watch mounted inside a ring to King George III, which he followed up four years after the fact with a gold and polish moment repeater fitted with jeweled turn openings, bimetallic temperature compensation, and a jeweled chamber escapement. Arnold named this watch the “No. 1,” starting a naming show he would use for his most critical watches going forward.


By 1772, an Arnold “No. 3” chronometer was on board Captain Cook’s vessel when he set out for his second journey across the Pacific, and Arnold chronometers would proceed to accompany numerous other critical journeys throughout the next many years. His son, John Roger Arnold, started examining watchmaking under Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1792 and joined his father’s business four years after the fact. Breguet turned into an extraordinary companion of John Arnold and the two worked together on equilibrium plans, the overcoil balance spring, and the tourbillon, despite the fact that Arnold kicked the bucket in 1799 preceding this idea could be figured it out. To grieve his passing, Breguet gave his son the first tourbillon escapement mounted in an Arnold pocket chronometer, which additionally bears a personal engraving and is today shown in the British Museum in London.

Although the cutting edge Arnold & Son is presently possessed by the Citizen Group and has been resuscitated in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the legacy of exactness timekeeping, progressions in escapement innovation, and Breguet’s impact can in any case be felt with this watch. The Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton basically combines two developments, each with their own barrel, gear train, escapement, and equilibrium, joined by a solitary winding framework and one brought together second hand. The two dials for home time and GMT are in this manner fueled by their own committed developments, permitting each to be set autonomously through a double crown framework at 3 and 9 o’clock. Coolness factor aside, this likewise has a useful advantage in having the option to set GMT time to the moment, which is especially gainful when managing time regions balance by 30 minutes, for example, portions of India, Australia, and Canada.

In comparison to the non-skeletonized form of the Arnold & Son DBG we explored already , this manifestation forfeits some intelligibility to all the more likely showcase that perfectly even development. A ring of smoked sapphire gem glass is utilized for each dial to help bring the numerals more into center against the bustling foundation without completely darkening it, which is an astute move. GMT time can likewise be separated by means of the dial’s utilization of skeletonized hands and Roman numerals, versus the Arabic numerals and strong hands highlighted on the home time dial. In contrast to the past variant, the hands on the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton are overlaid instead of blued, which is outwardly a decent complement to the uncovered equilibrium wheels yet additionally makes them hard to see at a glance.


At 12 o’clock is a day/night marker for both GMT time and home time, utilizing coordinating skeletonized and filled hands to disclose to them separated. The base portion of the pointer is striped, which helps the visual portrayal of the “night” bit of the plate. I do wish the Arnold & Son logo had been found somewhere else however, as its position interfering with the seconds track at 12 o’clock could make exact time-setting troublesome. Another niggling issue I discovered was that the recycled stabilizer intently imitates the appearance of the home time hands, which can sporadically create a snapshot of turmoil when you look down and see three hands pointing at that dial. In an ideal world, I would have wanted to see the moment hands on each dial stretched out only a bit further to appropriately arrive at the moment track, and the hour hands abbreviated a touch to not cover the hour markers, yet this is a minor tasteful misgiving which doesn’t sway utility.

On the opposite side of the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton, the base plate of the assembling type A&S1309 is uncovered. The development is made of nickel silver (otherwise called German silver or Maillechort, a combination of copper, nickel and zinc) that has been rhodium-plated and embellished with Côtes de Genève. The wheels are glossy silk completed and give a differentiating three dimensional surface to the base plate, and between the chamfered edges of the extensions, the brilliant stuff train can be seen. The development is hand twisted clearly, which adds to its slimness at a simple 3.9mm. It highlights 42 gems and offers a 40 hour power hold while the twin adjusts sway at 21,600vph, or 3Hz. This is without a doubt an exceptionally refined development, yet compared to the profundity of detail offered by the skeletonized dial, the converse side of this movement almost feels like a letdown.

Despite the enormous 44mm case, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton wears very well, with its thin 9.89mm profile effectively sneaking by a shirt sleeve and the tightened drags pleasantly embracing the wrist. The case is made of 4N rose gold and the sapphire gem has against intelligent covering on the two sides to help dispose of diverting reflections. The watch is water impervious to 30m, and comes with a hand-sewed earthy colored or dark crocodile tie. My brain went to the  Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre models , yet where they offer twin barrels managed by a similar equilibrium wheel, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton goes full monoblock mode for each dial, if the Hi-Fi relationship is in any capacity well-suited for portraying a wristwatch.

Minor neatness and tasteful provisos aside, the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton is an attractive watch that figures out how to walk the barely recognizable difference between consideration chasing and refinement with its intense, yet thin case and gold-on-silver range. A huge load of usefulness is on proposal for explorers who can use the professional GMT complication, and admirers of mechanical watches are compensated with perspectives on those twofold offset wheels with each look at the wrist. It’s extraordinary to see the notable name of Arnold & Son actually creating watches which push the limits of development plan, and do as such in a first rate, insightful way. The Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton watch is being offered in a restricted run of 30 pieces, with an asking cost of $38,850.  arnoldandson.com