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Globetrotter Red Gold

Like a finely-crafted atlas, the Globetrotter Gold represents our Planet.

A world of gold and light

The lands seen on the surface are sculpted to precision and together with the deep, handpainted seas, they serve as a backdrop to the world time dual time zone display. Overhanging these is an infinite arch which fixes their rotation. In shades of blue, Arnold & Son pays a chromatic tribute to John Arnold’s marine chronometers, which were embarked on English naval ships in the 18th century.

The Globetrotter Gold measures 45 mm in diameter. In its centre, the dome depicting the Northern Hemisphere is held from side to side by an immense openworked bridge carved in red gold. This arch is the visual signature of the Globetrotter, and houses in its centre a functional ruby holding the axis of universal time.

CHF 52,200
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Technical Specifications

Reference: 1WTAR.U02C.C153R
hours and minutes, world hours (24-hour ring)
39.00 mm
6.55 mm
Power reserve:
45 hours
4 Hz / 28,800 vph
lacquered in shades of sunlit blue three-dimensional appliqués in 18-carat rose gold (4N) with Super-LumiNova
24-hour ring
sapphire crystal with hour transfers
Dome of the earth
rhodium-plated and polished with matt-finished mountain range detailing
hand painted in blue lacquer with pearlescent powder
hand painted in blue lacquer with pearlescent powder and Super-LumiNova
18-carat red gold (5N), with polished and satin-finished sides
18K red gold 5N
45 mm
17.26 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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Redfined in blue

With its Globetrotter Gold, Arnold & Son has chosen to refine the aesthetics of this major piece in a way which affirms its elegance and modernity. The appliqué indexes on two planes are faceted in red gold and painted in Super-LumiNova. The bottom part of the dial which surrounds the map of the world has a subtle sunlit finish in shades of blue, and the ring showing universal time is in transparent sapphire. Local times are therefore read by the red hands pointing to the gold indexes, while world times are identified by visualising an imaginary longitude from the ruby in the central bridge to the 24-hour sapphire ring.

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openworked, svelte design

The architecture of the Globetrotter Gold crossways bridge is remarkable. Classy and svelte, the bridge is formed of one central piece in solid gold, with openwork taken to the extreme.

The flat parts of the arch are polished, its sides are satin-finished and the long surfaces of its chamfers bevelled. These types of finishes and the level of quality achieved are those commonly applied to the components of Arnold & Son calibres. However, the dimensions of this bridge are considerably larger than they would be within a movement, and thus demanded exceptional care and precision.

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Manual, hand crafted

At 45 mm, the case of the Globetrotter Gold is vast. The hemisphere was the guideline to its design and its surface area requires a certain amount of space. Above the equator are North America, Eurasia and part of Africa, all represented with a wealth of detail. In reality, the continents form a single rhodium-plated, polished sculpture. In contrast, the Atlas, Hoggar, Himalayan, Rocky, Ural and Alps mountain ranges are given a matt finish. The oceans are hand painted with several coats of blue-pigmented lacquer enriched with pearlescent powder to bestow exceptional depth and shine. The coastlines are lighter on the blue colour scale with added Super-LumiNova, so that they stand out at night and further accentuate the relief of this small piece of manual craftsmanship.