Arnold & Son - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Arnold & Son
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 1HVAR.M01A
    Case No:
    Model Name: Golden Wheel
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 6018, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Arnold & Son pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Arnold & Son certificate stamped Cellini New York July 2016, instruction manual, purchase invoice, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented as one of the novelties in Baselworld 2015, the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel debuted as the world’s first rotating discs display wristwatch with deadbeat seconds underwent 3 years of research and development. A complication of rarity with a history that dates back to the mid-1600s where the Renaissance family, the Campani brothers were commissioned to craft such a complication from the Pope during the era. Moving onwards to the 20th century when Audemars Piguet launched their famous, now sought-after Star Wheel model in 1991 (see previous lot), similar in aesthetics, the wandering hours complication consist of three sapphire rotating discs, each caring four set of numbers, the passage of time marks itself across a top arc of the timepiece with minutes indication.

    The present Golden Wheel measuring at 44mm diameter is cased in the warmth of the 18K pink gold, fitted with a black DLC dial with vertical Côtes de Genève decoration, the three dimensional design sets a superb backdrop for the Golden Wheel in the center. Featuring the mother-of-pearl arch spanning across 10 to 2 o’clock, the minutes of the hour are marked on the silvered outer ring on the periphery of the dial. Hovering along the iridescent shine of the arc, the current hour and minutes is displayed with a simple arrow above each numeral with high legibility. Adding visual complexity to the passage of time is the deadbeat seconds that pivots on its central-axis, also known as the dead beat seconds, the precision function enables the seconds to beat incrementally as opposed to a sweeping motion. Powered by the self-winding movement cal.6018 that beats at 28,800vph, the watch offers a spectacular of 45 hours power reserve. Furthermore, the movement is treated with palladium and pleasing Côtes de Genève rayonnantes and hand chamfered bridges. It is also worth-noting that upon its introduction in 2015, the Golden Wheel had two variants, with the first version was fitted with a dial Arnold & Son Since 1764 inscription at 6 o’clock and gold numerals on the hour discs. The later like the present example features black numerals and an inscription that highlight its movement “Arnold & Son Cal. 6018”.

    Produced in a limited edition of only 125 pieces, the present example is believed to be the 18th example indicated by its case number Preserved in excellent overall condition and accompanied by its full accessories, the present Golden Wheel with incredible attention to details will certainly interest the collector who favours unconventional ways of expressing time.


Ref. 1HVAR.M01A
A rare and attractive limited edition pink gold wristwatch with rotating discs display and deadbeat seconds, made in a limited edition of 125 pieces

Circa 2016
44mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$128,000 - 260,000 

Sold for HK$113,400

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022