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DSTB 42 Red Gold

DSTB 42, which stands for ‘Dial-Side True Beat’, reveals its truebeat seconds mechanism on the dial side.

Limited to 88 pieces.

Beating out a new rhythm

The true-beat seconds function is characteristic of the instruments that John Arnold supplied to the Royal Navy. Their escapement used to beat at one oscillation per second, naturally indicated by a sweep-seconds hand. This explicit function inspired Arnold & Son to create one of its most iconic complications: ‘True Beat’, also known as deadbeat seconds. The distinctive feature of the DSTB collection is that it displays this mechanism in full on the dial, hence the ‘Dial-Side True Beat’ name, delivering watchmaking, design and spectacle all in one.

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Technical Specifications

Reference: 1ATCR.U01A.C200A
hours, minutes, true-beat seconds
33.00 mm
5.54 mm
Power reserve:
55 hours
4 Hz / 28,800 vph
sunray-brushed, with blue PVD treatment
white opal
18K red gold 5N
42 mm
12.95 mm
domed sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on both sides
sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflecting coating
Water resistance:
3 bar (30 metres/100 feet)
blue alligator leather, hand-stitched
pin buckle, 18K red gold (5N)

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Great leap

Watchmaking, because all true-beat seconds require a dedicated mechanism. No escapement in a compact watch, especially one worn on the wrist, functions at a native frequency of one oscillation per second. Here, the sweep-seconds hand on the DSTB 42 jumps from second to second, powered by a mechanism similar to an escapement, developed by Arnold & Son’s watchmakers.

Great bridges

Design, because this true-beat seconds needed to be displayed in a way that reflects its historic importance for Arnold & Son. The choice to place it on the dial side creates an additional level in the calibre. This, in turn, required three dedicated bridges, fashioned in line with the Arnold & Son aesthetic, whose graphic design and finishes give the dial its truly unique appearance. They are openworked, three-dimensional and carefully crafted from red or white gold, depending on the DSTB 42 version. This true-beat seconds mechanism fills the space with its presence, balanced out by the off-centred hours dial in white opal.

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Great anchor

Spectacle, because the even, slow and aesthetic functioning of the true-beat seconds mechanism catches the eye. It symbolises both Arnold & Son’s watchmaking expertise and its roots, down to the anchor-shaped counterpoise reminiscent of marine chronometers. It goes up and down as the underlying calibre does its work, controlling the large seconds hand.

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New size

The DSTB collection was one of the founding pieces in the Arnold & Son catalogue. Its first version measured 44 mm in diameter. It featured a calibre that was 7.40 mm thick, allowing a 45-hour power reserve. The DSTB 42 improves on each of these points. The exclusive Manufacture calibre A&S6203 is 5.54 mm thick and offers 55 hours of autonomy. The case drops to 42 mm in diameter and settles for a total thickness of 12.95 mm.