John Arnold was a British watchmaker (1736-1799) whose technical skills enabled the quantity production of marine chronometers. He also played a central role in addressing the problem of longitude. The brand was relaunched in 1995 in Swizerland’s La Chaux-de-Fonds and by 2010 is a fully integrated manufacture developing and producing its own in-house movements.
Five interesting facts about Arnold & Son
1 – horological invention
John Arnold invented the overcoil balance spring which is still found in most wristwatches today.
2 – smallest minute repeater
Arnold presented one of his inventions — the smallest repeating watch ever made and fitted into a ring — to King George III, which brought him a string of wealthy clients.
3 – friends with Breguet
John Arnold was a close friend of Abraham-Louis Breguet.
4 – Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte presented an Arnold Clock to the Milan Observatory in 1902.
5 – the rock wore arnold & Son
Wrestle-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wore Arnold & Son’s Time Pyramid on his latest show Ballers which is about a group of football players.