As green as a virgin forest, malachite places Double Tourbillon White Gold firmly on
In watchmaking language, the tourbillon is a rare construction, and this is even more true of the double tourbillon. Its creation, the choice of its materials and above all its structural approach meet objectives that are at once aesthetic, historical and horological. Double Tourbillon White Gold sits at the crossroads of a number of major paths that Arnold & Son follows consistently and coherently.
In terms of aesthetics, Double Tourbillon White Gold draws on each mineral’s sumptuous appearance. Vibrant green and the broad black brushstrokes painted by nature give malachite a powerfully evocative terrestrial and botanical air. Aventurine glass in the blackest of blues strewn with stars sparkles with life and subtle glints. The off-centre hour dials are crafted in white opal, offering a contrasting softness. Heaven and earth: the symbolism of these materials contributes to the narrative density of Double Tourbillon White Gold.
By comparing this to the time in the place of measurement, taken by observing true solar noon, ocean navigators were able to measure their position on the east-west axis, i.e. their longitude.
Double Tourbillon White Gold keeps this duality alive with a local time display positioned on the dial at 12 o’clock and presented in Roman numerals. It is complemented by a remote time, positioned at 6 o’clock and presented in Arabic numerals. The hours and minutes displays of these two dials are entirely independent.
The ample and elegant click spring that prevents the barrels from unwinding uncontrollably is not the least of these refinements. The hand-chamfering, satin-finishing and mirror polishing of the white gold tourbillon bridges is the highlight of an exceptionally elegant spectacle in relief. Double Tourbillon White Gold offers a mechanical pendant with a symbolic aesthetic that prevails on the dials of these one-off pieces.