For Baselworld 2017, Arnold & Son unveiled another masterfully skeletonized watch which conveys the brand’s conceptual DNA forward. The Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton is the newest addition to the DBG (Double-Balance GMT) collection which we reviewed the first, non-skeletonized variant of in greater detail here back in 2013. For those unfamiliar with this piece, it has essentially two motions which share a winding platform, housed in 1 watch. Skeletonized, this watch looks amazing and is the perfect example of Arnold & Son’s persistent progress.First, a little bit more about Arnold & Son’s DBG system. Each time screen is powered with its barrel, using its equipment train, escapement, and balance, while sharing a single winding system. Even though this isn’t necessarily unprecedented, because of the offsets of the shared elements when compared with the independent components, it isn’t always pretty, and seldom skeletonized. But with the DBG Skeleton, we see virtually perfect symmetry about the dial and caseback.The unusual nature of the in-house A&S1309 movement permits for a few added mechanical and functional advantages. For instance, because of the distinct socket, gear train, and escapement/balance, the GMT purpose comprises a “minutes” hand rather than the conventional 24-hour counter just. Every time zone display in the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton could be set to incremental quarters of this hour. So for a few Indian, Australian, and Canadian time zones that are off by half-hours, for instance, the watch may account for that. Moreover, the Equation of Time display at 12 o’clock decides the difference between each display, in addition to whether it is day or night in the next time zone. The A&S1309 defeats at 21,600bph and features a 40-hour power reserve.
In my modest collection of best cheap fake watches watches, there is not a single one with a rectangular case; the only non-round one is the octagonal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin. Nevertheless, since rectangular-case watches do have their fans, this week’s Fratello Friday focuses on the top five I would wear… if I did indeed wear them.
My issue with rectangular watches is that I find them just a bit too “classical” for my taste. A watch with this type of design doesn’t usually suit me, especially if I am wearing short sleeves, such as a polo shirt, as I often do. The strange thing is, when I see myself in the mirror wearing a rectangular watch, I usually do like how it looks, but when I look back at my wrist, I’d rather take the watch off as quickly as possible. Perhaps even more strangely, I like how they look on other men’s wrists, just not my own. Does anyone else feel this way? Don’t get me wrong; I do love some of the rectangular watches that are out there — just not necessarily on me. But perhaps I never really tried one on long enough to give it a chance. Here are the five rectangular watches that I would consider buying if I could get used to wearing one.