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Arcanaut Arc II Fordite with linear patterned dial.

Arcanaut brings its skunk work watches to November’s WatchPro Salon

The Danish company will present its first timepiece with a dial made from fordite, a material that brings a second life to paint that has built up over time on car factory floors and equipment.

Danish watchmaker Arcanaut will present its 2023 novelties for the first time in public at November’s WatchPro Salon in London.

The prestigious event, specialising in presenting rare watches from independent makers, takes place at The Londoner Hotel on Leicester Square from November 10 to 11.

There will also be a dedicated exhibition presenting vintage and pre-owned watches in association with eBay.

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The indie is known in its native Copenhagen as a sort of skunk house for innovative design and engineering for its watches, particularly for dials, which combine Nordic aesthetics with innovative and daring materials.

It brings together the talents of founder and chief designer Anders Brandt, co-owner and head of materials research James Thompson (also known as @blackbadger on Instagram), and Rob Nudds, head of brand development.

The Arc II D’Arc Matter, made in Denmark and introduced in 2021 and currently sold out, is a perfect example.

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Arcanaut Arc II D’Arc Matter.

Arcanaut developed the material for the dial, which it calls D’Arc Matter, by feeding Swedish slate stone through an industrial coffee grinder and then casting it under high pressure in a vacuum chamber.

The result is a stone surface for the Arc II dial with a dark matte finish that limits reflection.

At WatchPro Salon, the company will present its first timepiece with a dial made from fordite, a material that brings a second life to paint that has built up over time on car factory floors and equipment.

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Arcanaut Arc II Fordite with a bubble patterned dial.

A waste material that was once chipped off and discarded, fordite has caught the eye of designers because of its multiple random layers of colours from the paint.

Anders Brandt is obsessed with the stuff, and Arcanaut has acquired samples of fordite that built up in Detroit’s Ford motoring factories in the 1970s through to the 1990s.

It has been sliced into vertical or horizonal cross sections that show the decades of colour on unique, one-of-one dials for what will be known as Arcanaut Arc II Fordite watches.

The 41mm steel watches, using Swiss Soprod A10 movements, will retail for $3,950+VAT.

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Arcanaut Arc II Fordite case back.

Plans for additional launches at WatchPro Salon in November are still under wraps.

The company says there will be three new product drops. The first, a follow-up to the brand’s popular D’Arc Matter series, will arrive in August, with a further update to the Composites collection following in late September. Finally, and just before Salon, it will unveil its Experimental Collection for 2023, which pushes the team to its aesthetic and horological limits, they promise.

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Arcanaut will be among a line up of over 50 prestigious watch brands exhibiting at this year’s WatchPro Salon, which takes place at The Londoner Hotel on Leicester Square from November 10 to 11.

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The ever-expanding list of exhibitors includes:

ARCANAUT | AWAKE | BALL WATCH | BROOKLANDS WATCH COMPANY | DUCKWORTH PRESTEX | EBAY | ELLIOT BROWN | GERALD CHARLES | HERBELIN | ISOTOPE | LUMINOX | OUT OF ORDER | PERRELET | ROBOT WATCH | SEIKO | SHERPA | SINN | SQUALE | THE DIAMOND BOX | VAN BRAUGE | VICTORINOX | WOLF | ZEITWINKEL | ZODIAC