The three watches in the John Franklin Set are the latest additions to the Instrument Collection and take as their subject three famous paintings from London's National Maritime Museum. The timepieces, which feature a true-beat seconds and off-centre hour and minute hands, each depict an episode in the life of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, vessels that eventually perished in the course of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition to discover the North-West Passage in the mid-19th century.
Functions Hours, minutes, true beat seconds
Caliber A&S6103 Arnold & Son manufacture movement, self-winding, ceramic ball bearing, 30 jewels, diameter 30.4 mm, thickness 7.79 mm, power reserve 45h, 28,800 vibrations/h, stop second. Movement decoration: rhodium treated with Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges with polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, brushed and skeletonised oscillating weight, blued screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads.
18-carat rose gold, diameter 44 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back