Arnold & Son Golden Wheel
The wandering hours complication isn’t new. It dates back for centuries, first appearing in the mid-17th century as an example of early horologers experimenting with watchmaking and the ways in which they could indicate the passage of time.
Instead of the familiar hands-and-indices watch face, wandering hours timepieces feature rotating discs with numerals. The discs form a semicircular arc across the dial; at the start of every hour, the appropriate number appears, and moves across the disc to indicate the minutes that have passed within that hour.
In its tradition of reviving historical styles and techniques with a modern twist, Arnold & Son has released the Golden Wheel—a contemporary wandering hours watch that reinvents the classical complication. A limited edition of 125 pieces, the watch has a radiant 44mm 18k red gold case, while an iridescent mother-of-pearl disc decorates the top of the dial.
The watch features a true beat seconds hand, the first time such a complication has been used on a wandering hour dial. The function gives the watch greater accuracy, allowing the seconds to beat incrementally across the dial.
The Golden Wheel is powered by the in-house A&S6018, which has been treated with palladium and features a superb level of hand finishing.