Technological Elegance: Arnold & Sons TB88

Arnold & Sons

Arnold & Son takes the art and elegance of watchmaking and added to it some of this ages technological advances. Arnold & Son unveils two new versions of its famous TB88 featuring the hand-finished A&S5003 calibre. Conceived, designed and manufactured in-house, these superbly engineered wristwatches are part of the Royal Collection that combines classical styling with leading-edge technology.

Their TB88 comes in 18-carat rose gold case, grey open dial,  and also in a Stainless steel case, black open dial, both with A&S5003 exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement. The TB88 is proof that the company has lost none of its appetite for innovative technology or precision timekeeping. The A&S5003 calibre brings together all the technical and aesthetic characteristics of a classical John Arnold chronometer.

The feature that unquestionably sets Arnold & Son’s new TB88 apart is its unique ‘English’ movement design, as expressed through features like the straight-cut bridges. Each of the pivoting elements in the movement is mounted on its own bridge, 16 in total! Compared to usual movements, the TB88’s movement is partly ‘inverted’, which means that the technically and aesthetically interesting features are on the dial side of the movement instead of being hidden away on the reverse. The front showcases the two barrels, which generate a minimum of 100 hours power reserve when fully wound, the gear train and the balance wheel with its Breguet overcoil spring. Bending and fitting such a spring by hand is a delicate and highly skilled operation mastered by a precious few watchmakers.

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Christopher Crossley

Founder of Modern Connoisseur. Reporting from Trinidad and Tobago. Advocate of a bon vivant lifestyle.