The stories that built the legend

Browse through the fascinating stories around Arnold & Son

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At the court of King George III

Anne, Queen of Great Britain, who died in 1714, left no Protestant heir apparent to the throne, as stipulated in the English Act of Settlement of 1701. As a result, advisers resorted to the Queen's family tree and George, prince-elector of Hanover, succeeded her as monarch.

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To the ''applause of his fellow-citizens"

John Arnold rapidly established a reputation for outstanding mechanical expertise and was the first watchmaker to produce a jewelled ruby cylinder escapement, which he showcased in an exceptionally small half-quarter repeating watch mounted in a ring and offered to King George III.

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Arnold and A.-L. Breguet A tale of two watchmakers

Abraham-Louis Breguet left his native Switzerland for Paris at the age of 15 to pursue his dream of becoming a watchmaker. Unlike Arnold, whose only real teacher had been his father, Breguet was trained by two watchmakers who were exceptional in their own right: Ferdinand Berthoud and Jean-Antoine Lépine.

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Commander William Edward Parry and the exploration of Baffin Bay

Present-day Canada and the Arctic territories of Greenland are separated by a vast expanse of sea which is ice-bound for the greater part of each year. So what could possibly have enticed navigators to a place so hostile from the 16th century onwards?

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Baron von Krusenstern’s voyage around the world

Although his name is more commonly reminiscent of other nationalities, Johann Adam von Krusenstern was Russian. Born in Estonia in 1770, he served in the Russian Imperial Navy as a cadet before joining the British Royal Navy in 1793. This  allowed him to travel the globe and visit, among other countries, India and China. 

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Captain George Vancouver in the North Pacific

George Vancouver joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15 and immediately found himself in the thick of things. His participation in Captain Cook's second and third voyages, travelling the seas from the Southern Lands to the Hawaiian Islands between 1772 and 1778, could not have been a better introduction to the world of seafaring.

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The East India Company

Numerous commercial companies were founded in the 17th and 18th centuries in order to profit from trade expansion between Europe, the Americas, the Indian continent and China. However, none was as famous and as powerful as Great Britain's Honourable East India Company.

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George Robertson in the China Sea

The Honourable East India Company, or HEIC, was staffed by devoted officers who travelled the world on the company's ships on a mission of crucial importance: to chart, in all the seas known to man, the reefs, currents, position of ports, rivers and natural bays, etc. By doing so, they created precise maps to ensure that future expeditions would avoid catastrophe and return to Europe with their precious cargo intact.

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Don José Joaquin Ferrer and the eclipse of 16 June 1806

Astronomers became interested in learning how to measure time long before sailors. The majority of astronomic calculations, whether the position of the stars and planets or the study of repetitive phenomena such as eclipses or the passage of comets, necessitate an extremely precise temporal frame of reference. 

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Napoleon’s astronomical clock

Napoleon Bonaparte's first Italian campaign is cited in military field manuals as a model illustration of the art of successful warfare. 

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John Arnold’s son

John Arnold's son, John Roger Arnold, was born on 13 February 1769. At the age of 14, he was apprenticed to his father before departing for Paris at the age of twenty-three to complete his training under the tutelage of the famous Abraham-Louis Breguet.

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