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June 21, 2013updated Jun 27, 2013

New Arnold & Son Website Chapter Launched

By Chris Boyle

Arnold & SonA new section of the Arnold & Son website, Métiers d’Art ~ Decorative Arts, will give visitors a hands-on experience of traditional English-style watchmaking featuring beautiful Métiers d’Art techniques.  

Each timepiece is an eloquent expression of elegance and sophistication in the inimitable English style and demonstrates the brand’s traditional prowess in the classical decorative arts. 

Visitors to the site can now browse through the fascinating stories around Arnold & Son’s Métiers d’Art timepieces on the brand’s website.

John Arnold and, later, his son John Roger established towering reputations for the innovation and state-of-the-art technology that went into their timepieces. But from the start, the intricacy and exquisite workmanship of their movements was mirrored in the purely decorative elements of their timepieces.  

True to its founder, Arnold & Son today carefully preserves and cultivates the skilled creative craftsmanship in the form of hand-finished engravings and miniature paintings that have been characteristic of the brand throughout its history.  

Today, the company has its own qualified hand-engravers, who specialize in a traditional art form involving the use of hardened steel tools called burins in combination with other special tools. These create cuts, lines and texturing that build up entire images, often with a breathtaking richness of detail, and are featured in several watches in the Royal and Instrument collections.  

Examples include the HMS Victory set featuring three scenes of the renowned HMS Victory battleship, the TE8, which has a spectacular entirely hand-engraved movement with unique motif, the HMS Lady, which has also an entirely hand-engraved movement with English-style floral motifs and the UTTE in the Instrument collection with its hand-engraved tourbillon bridge. 

To find out more about the world of Arnold & Son, go to: www.arnoldandson.com.

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