ARC II - D'Arc Matter


ARC II - D'arc Matter

We expect to begin orders for the ARC II - DM in Q1/Q2 2021, with shipping starting at the end of AuguBeing a small independent brand means that there always has to be room for hick-ups, experimentation, and perfectionism. But we promise you that it'll be well worth the wait!




Arcanaut is a Pan-Scandinavian watch brand created by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.

We are a team of makers, designers and not least die-hard watch geeks, all of whom have set out to create beautiful mechanical watches through an experimental and unconventional approach to Scandinavian design. Our team is led by Chief Designer Anders Brandt (DK), and Chief Craftsman James Thompson (SE).



CASE: 42 mm (lug-to-lug), 316L Stainless Steel.

MOVEMENT: Soprod A10 Swiss Mechanical movement.


STRAP: Super ergonomic rubber strap.

D'ARC MATTER DIAL: Slate stone composite material.


CERTIFICATIONS: Made in Denmark.

LIMITED EDITION: Limited to 50 pieces (ALL RESERVED)

SALES PRICE: Around 2.682€ ($3.245). ex. VAT



Why do I have to pay a deposit to reserve a watch?

Shortly put, to save both parties some time and effort. The deposit is a way for us to ensure we do not reserve watches for anyone who’s not really serious about buying the watch, and also avoid flippers reserving all the watches without having to put any skin in the game. The deposit is however fully refundable at any time. To get your deposit fee back, you just have to write an email to info@arcanuat.dk with the subject line "Payback", the money will then be refunded and visible on your bank account within 5-10 business days.

When do you expect to start shipping?

Batch 1: Serial numbers 1-20 is slated to ship by the end of August 2021 Batch 2: Serial numbers 21-50 is slated to ship by the end of September 2021 All Aesir editions will ship in October 2021.

What's the process from reservation to order?

When you have paid the €100 deposit, you have effectively reserved one of the 50 watches in the ARC II - D'arc Matter series. Everybody who have reserved one of the 50 pieces have until May 15 to fulfill their order. If a reservation is not fulfilled by May 15, that watch will be offered to everybody on our general waitlist which you can sign up to on our website.

Why should I buy an ARC II - DM?

If you're into understated yet distinct design, with a twist of avantgarde madness - then the ARC II - D'Arc matter will be what you're looking for. It's going to be uqual parts Scandinavian simplicity coupled with Black Badger experimental approach to design and materials.

42 mm seems a bit too large, will the watch fit me?

Because of the extremely ergonomic shape of our cases and straps, our models that measure 42 mm from lug-to-lug feels more like a 38-39 mm and fits almost all wrist sizes, large and small perfectly.

Can I request a specific serial number?

Serial numbers will be dedicated to each order accordingly to when you pay the final order. This means that number 1 will be given to the person which makes the first order and so on. You will however be able to wish for three specific serial numbers open ordering, and we'll do our best to try and get you one of the numbers you asked for.

Why should I put myself on the waiting list?

As a small independent brand that’s all about quality, uniqueness and local manufacturing (high initial costs), our business model depends on us knowing exactly how many watches we need to manufacture. Putting yourself on the waitlist is not only a way for you to ensure you can get your hands on one of our limited editions, but also a great way for you to support independent watchmaking. We also take extra great care of the people on our waiting list, which also means you will get special offers like extra straps, and unique case back engravings that will only be available to people on the waiting list.

Are the ARC II watches really made in Denmark?

Yes, we know that a lot of brands boast of having a specific country of origin with only a tiny part of the actual production being in that country. Most watch brands, even big brands from Switzerland, get most parts made in Asia, with only final testing and assembly done in the origin country. Here at Arcanaut we do however get most of our parts made here in Denmark, with only a small fraction being manufactured in other countries such as Switzerland and Sweden. This is not because we believe a CNC mill runs any better in Copenhagen than it does in China, but because we believe the best stuff is made when design and production rub elbows and exchange ideas freely instead of being separated by huge distances.

Why is the series limited to only 50 pieces?

1. We have a limited capacity the produce D'Arc Matter 2. We like to keep things fresh and not re-do things over and over.



The ARC II - DM is our follow-up model to the popular and now sold out and retired models ARC I Black & White.  

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D’arc Matter is an entirely new composite material made for the ARC II, developed 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 with a dark matte finish that limits reflection on the dial and enhances the distinct look of the ARC II.

Wearing one of our watches is kinda this intricate experience that you notice little by little. Very downplayed and subtle at first glance. But then up close, everything from the legible dial, the square crown, to the feel of the curved and ergonomic shape of the case – to how the finishes interact with the light in the room – creates this multifaceted experience that’s very unique while still not being in your face.


Anders Brandt 

Chief designer & Brand Owner


Most people don’t know this, but we’re actually pretty famous. Jokes aside, we’re not, but our story, radical choices and unique product kicks up some interest here and there. We’re very honored to be part of a much larger conversation within the watch geek communities around the world, and for your convenience (and for the sake of our own egos) we’ll post relevant press clippings about us below.



Rob from Fratello Watches Talks To Co-Founder Anders Brandt

“If you like smartly designed, highly unusual watches with a Scandi vibe, you’re in luck. Anders Brandt, a co-founder of Danish brand Arcanaut, sat down with Rob Nudds to explain the thinking behind one of the most culturally interesting watches out there.”



WatchBox Presents: Black Badger Unleashed – A Special Digital Event

"On Thursday, April 1, a dedicated panel of WatchBox experts met with James Thompson, A.K.A. Black Badger, A.K.A. The Godfather of Lume. This special digital event featured Tim Mosso, C’Q Gottlieb, Armand Johnston, Black Badger, and a live painting demonstration by Sunflowerman. The panelists virtually met Black Badger in his Partille, Sweden studio filled with not-to-be-believed gadgets, collections, and obscure engineering paraphernalia that left the WatchBox panelists entirely awestruck."

Our very own Chief of Materials Development James Thompson from Black Badger, did this webinar with WatchBox Global. There's a good bit about Arcanaut in there!


WatchLifeNews by POWER WATCH

Power Watch - Arcanaut is the new watch brand to look for

“【機械式時計界の新勢力となるか!?】デンマーク発の本格時計ブランド、“アルカナート・ウオッチ”に注目 ”

Unfortunately, we can not read Japanese. However, our friend (Google Translate) reveals that these are positive words!



Episode 36: Fratello On Air — Arcanaut In The Building

“Welcome once more to the house of horological hilarity. Rob returns in the host’s chair. He welcomes back James Thompson (AKA Black Badger) who has invited his friend and collaborator Anders Brandt, co-founder and chief designer of Danish brand Arcanaut, to join the show. Needless to say, shenanigans ensued.”