Times have certainly changed since the days of using chronometers to determine longitude, as have the needs of the modern traveler. In the spirit of keeping with modern-day “navigators”, Arnold & Son has given us a first look at its new world time watch, The Globetrotter. The Globetrotter reimagines the world-time function in a three-dimensional way. Held by a large central arched bridge spanning the entire diameter of the dial, the Globetrotter’s three-dimensional world-time display dominates the dial. At 45 mm wide and 17.23 mm at its highest point, the Globetrotter features one of the world’s largest rotating 3D world-time display on a wristwatch.
Depicting a view of the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere as seen from space as if directly above the North Pole, the Globetrotter’s representation of our planet was given careful attention to detail. Starting with a rounded piece of brass, the different textures of the oceans and continents are brought out by chemical etching with a mask, followed by polishing the upper surfaces. The mountainous areas (the Himalayan range is easily visible in the images shown here) are then sandblasted to create a sense of visual depth, then the oceans are lacquered by hand with different blue tones. The entire world-time disk is then treated with a layer of clear lacquer, and finally the entire component is polished. The result is a hemispherical disk full of great detail.
Seemingly floating above a silvery-white opaline dial with Roman numerals for the hour hand and a circular brushed chapter ring for the minutes, the world-time display is surrounded by a 24-hour sapphire disk fixed to the same bridge that hold the hemisphere, transparent between 06:00 and 18:00 and with a translucent metallic treatment from 18:00 to 06:00, serving as a day and night indicator. The world-time makes one complete rotation every 24 hours.
The Globetrotter features a three-position crown system: first position to manually wind the movement, second position to set the local time (hour hand) in one-hour increments, and the third position to set the hour and minute hands and the world-time. Both the main time display as well as the world-time function can be adjusted forwards and backwards.
To keep the focus of the dial on the world-time display, hour and minute hands made of blued steel and filled with red lacquer are placed under the hemisphere, as if circling in its periphery.
Entirely developed and manufactured by Arnold & Son, the Globetrotter’s A&S6022 features an automatic winding system by means of a central, rotor, engraved with a hobnail motif with a black ADLC treatment. When fully wound, the movement provides a power reserve of 45 hours. The NAC grey treated movement features fine finishing with hand-chamfered and satin-finished lever and bridges, polished edges and fine circular graining and côtes de Genève stripes radiating from the center.
A closing suggestion for Arnold & Son: for exciting new complications such as this, a short video demonstrating the watch in action is recommended so that watch enthusiasts can more easily relate to how the watch works.