In a mechanical watch, the seconds hand moves forward in increments of a fraction of a second depending on the frequency of its balance. Yet, dead-beat second watches (or seconde morte in French) mark the second with discreet jumps. Their hand snaps to a full stop at each second, then jumps to the next allowing reading time more easily and precisely. A few brands have been manufacturing these rare mechanisms over the past few years in tribute to their past role as high-precision timekeepers. As suggested by its name, the originality of the Arnold & Son DSTB (Dial Side True Beat) is that the mechanism driving the deadbeat second is displayed in full glory, producing a playful and hypnotic spectacle dial side. On the occasion of the Geneva Watch Days 2023, the brand unveils a tasteful facelift of the model, released in two exclusive limited editions. Meet the Arnold & Son DSTB 42.
If the original version of the DSTB was 44mm in diameter, the new case drops to 42mm for a thickness of 12.95mm. The watch comes either in pink gold or platinum. The sunray brushed dial is treated respectively with blue or rose-gold PVD. The second track is no longer featured on a sapphire track over the dial but directly printed on its surface. The off-centre hour and minute subdial is in white opal and features Roman numerals.
The watch is powered by a new, more compact version of the DSTB movement. The self-winding A&S6203 calibre runs at 4 Hz and its power reserve is of 55 hours (versus 45 hours before). The dead-beat second mechanism is visible on the dial side with openworked, three-dimensional gold bridges and a large lever with an anchor-shaped counterpoise that controls the large second hand while reminding of the brand’s “maritime” roots. At the back of the watch, the movement is nicely decorated with a palladium finish, stripes radiating from its centre, blued screws and an engraved rotor in 22-carat gold.
The Arnold & Son DSTB 42mm is presented on a hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap with a pin buckle that corresponds to the material of the case. The pink gold version is a limited edition of 88 pieces with a price of CHF 42,600 while the platinum version will be produced in a limited edition of 38 pieces with a price of CHF 54,400.
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