Don’t you love it when watch brands dare to veer off the beaten tracks? We have plenty of middle-of-the-road watches, so something unique is always welcome. Well, we have something like that today. Meet the Arcanaut Arc II D’Arc Matter with a slate composite dial and lume in four color choices.

And these aren’t just unique-looking pieces. They will also be rare. Only 25 of each color will be available in 2023. However, small future batches are to be added. So if you want one, act decisively.

Arcnaut Arc II D'Arc Matter Gamma Green

Arcanaut Arc II D’Arc Matter

What we have here is the familiar Arcanaut case, CNC machined in Copenhagen. It measures 40.52mm across and has a very distinct shape. The lugs, for instance, are executed in negative, making for a neat integration of the rubber strap. Additionally, the water resistance is rated at a healthy 100 meters.

Even a regular crown was considered too pedestrian for Arcanaut, so this watch features what the brand calls a “Pentablock” crown. The resulting case looks interestingly alien. It always reminds me of the late ’90s somehow. I can clearly envision an Arcanaut wearer driving a silver Ford Cougar. The two just work together.

Inside ticks a Soprod A10 caliber. It features a 42-hour power reserve and ticks away at 28,800 beats per hour. While the caliber is Swiss, the rest of the watch is produced in Scandinavia.

Arcnaut Arc II D'Arc Matter Pongo Orange

The Arcanaut Arc II D’Arc Matter dial

This new release features equally interesting dials. They are made of a Scandinavian slate composite. The slate is ground using an industrial coffee grinder and then mixed with a clear binding agent. The resulting surface looks a bit like forged carbon but — as you would expect from Arcanaut — with a character of its own.

The dials are left nice and open, with a black logo and minute markers drawing minimal attention. Additionally, an outer ring in 12 sections is executed in colored lume. The “Grand Paw” handset, as Arcanaut calls it, features lumed tips in the same color.

You can have your pick of Badger Blue, Pongo Orange, Hornet Yellow, and Gamma Green.

Arcnaut Arc II D'Arc Matter Badger Blue

Pricing and availability

The Arcanaut Arc II D’Arc Matter is priced at €4,349.95 (including VAT) / US$3,950 (excluding taxes). The presale period commences on September 23rd at 7:00 PM CEST, and customers will have to pay a 50% deposit upon pre-ordering. Of the total of 25 pieces in each color, 15 will be made available for pre-order. Importantly, you have to be registered for one of the models to pre-order early. The remaining watches will go on sale on September 30th at 7:00 PM CEST.

Arcnaut Arc II D'Arc Matter Hornet Yellow

Customers who pre-order will receive a package of Arcanaut goodies, including an additional strap, a T-shirt, a cap, and a UV flashlight. Additionally, the first ten customers will also receive a lumed .925 sterling silver signet ring. Lastly, a single 18K gold ring will be raffled among all customers. Admittedly, that is quite a lot to take in, so let me summarize the important stuff for clarity’s sake. If you want one, register your interest on the Arcanaut website, and complete the order upon receiving instructions.

What do you think of the new Arcanaut Arc II D’Arc Matter with Scandinavian slate composite dials? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch specifications

Arc II D'Arc Matter
Black Scandinavian slate composite with colored luminescent hour ring and hand tips (Badger Blue, Pongo Orange, Hornet Yellow, or Gamma Green)
Case Material
Stainless steel
Case Dimensions
40.52mm (diameter) × 49mm (lug-to-lug) × 13mm (thickness)
Sapphire with AR coating on top and bottom
Case Back
Stainless steel, screw-in
Soprod A10 — automatic winding, 28,800vph frequency, 42-hour power reserve, 25 jewels
Water Resistance
Integrated rubber in your choice of eight colors (Axe Red, Void Blue, Fett Green, Rex Brown, Kakarot Orange, Bondi Blue, Replicant White, and Black)
Time only (hours and minutes)
€4,349.95 (including VAT) / US$3,950 (excluding taxes)
Special Note(s)
Fifteen pieces in each color will be available for pre-order for exactly one week (September 23rd–30th, 7:00 PM CEST) with a 50% deposit required. Pre-order benefits include an extra strap, an Arcanut T-shirt and cap, and a Black Badger UV flashlight. The first ten customers will receive a .925 sterling silver signet ring with a luminous "Clocktopus" logo. Pre-ordering is available only by registering with Arcanaut.