A true masterpiece of Haute Horlogerie. To provide rich information about the time a few lucky always on Arnold & Son Hornet Skeleton World Time makes use of six hands. The large openings on the dial immediately reveal that most of the elements which form its skeleton movement are complicated.
For a passionate a skeleton watch is always love or hate at first sight, but with balance and elegance to lighten a mechanical gauge is always synonymous with true craftsmanship. The reduction by removing metal from the plates, bridges and levers, and the delicate mechanical parts like the train of time, is always a very delicate operation.
The result is a free and unobstructed view of the internal mechanism and the multiple component parts. Just look directly at Skeleton World Time Hornet to score exquisite details such as blued screws, decorated with Cotes de Geneve and perlage that cross the bridges that rise from the other end of the dial.
The feature that sets this watch fabulous in a class by itself is a combination of three unusual features: the ‘ equation of time, the control of multiple time zones and the double-disc view of the Big Date.
The complexity of this luxury watch is highlighted by six hands – all stations, the record of world time and 4 crowns that are used to maneuver around. In addition to baton hour and minute, with an arrowhead is used to mark the month, two extra-long, one with a glowing triangle and the other with a stylized sun, used to designate two different time zones.
The one with the golden sun can score all time zones, even those that differ by half and quarter of an hour, as some locations in India and dell’Ocenano Pacific. It can also display the mean solar time for any position according to its longitude.
The sixth and shortest hand, shows the ‘ equation of time – a rare complication that can compare the difference between the mean solar and effective solar time.
Since the orbit is more elliptical than circular, solar time varies daily. In reality, the solar noon coincides with the conventional one only four times a year: April 15, June 14, Sept. 1, Dec. 24. In the remaining days of the year the difference in daily range of +16 / -16 minutes.
Around the edge of the stainless steel crown and buttons are arranged symmetrically. In addition to the crown at 3 o’clock, which is used to load the automatic movement and set the time, the clock has buttons at 2 o’clock to adjust the time zone only once, at 10 o’clock for the second time zone and adjust the solar time, 9 am to set the rotating outer ring that marks the hours of the world.
Arnold & Son Hornet World Time Skeleton moved from Arnold & Son A1766 caliber and have a Great Date at 5 o’clock. E ‘built by the manufacture La Joux-Perret , and belongs to Group Prototec SA, bought by surprise just before Baselworld 2012 by Citizen Watch – Japan.
And ‘mounted in a massive stainless steel case 47 mm and will be implemented in a limited edition of only 50 pieces.