Here it is, the one to rule them all. This is the new Arnold & Son CTB. CTB stands for Chronograph True Beat. This is their third new watch (in 2014) to feature a true beat system. The other two were the DSTB (for Baselworld) and the TB Victory (for Britain’s National Museum of the Royal Navy). However, the CTB has something the others don't; a chronograph.
A true beat system is perhaps the most difficult complication to successfully create. In a nutshell it causes the second hand to move like it was a quartz watch. The only difference being that the CTB is a mechanical watch with the A&S7103 beating away at 28,800BPH. Besides the beat rate, the 7103 is an automatic movement with 31 jewels and a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. In true Haute Horologie style the watch has many different finishes including hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining, Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, circular satin-finished wheels, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads, and the rotor is skeletonized with brushed surfaces.
Last but certainly not least this is the first watch in the world to feature a
chronograph with a central true beat seconds hand. The price on this watch, without the 8% VAT is 23,800 CHF which translates to approximately $27,000 USD. Watch out A. Lange and Sohne, Arnold and Son is coming!
In case I missed any information here is the link to the CTB on the Arnold & Son website.
Jake Fogarty is the founder of It's All About Watches and writer for most of what you will read here. If you want to contact me you can visit the contact and advertising page.
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