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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire

Jason Pitsch

Last week, at the Salon QP in London, Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom premiered a new complicated timepiece, called the Mirrored Force Resonance, that uses a dual regulation system designed to increase precision through a phenomenon known as resonance. Resonance is not something new, in fact, it is a phenomenon known about as early as the 17th century, when Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), inventor of the pendulum clock, first discovered that two separate pendulum clocks, when hung from a common beam, synchronized, thanks to resonance (two oscillating bodies in close proximity influence each other and eventually synchronize). Abraham-Louis Breguet later also explored resonance and subsequently created a double pendulum resonance clock. According to Armin Strom, there are three main benefits of resonance. First, it creates a stabilizing effect on timekeeping which improves accuracy. Second, it conserves energy. Third, it reduces the negative

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Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Air Hands-On

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One of my favorite timepieces from Swiss-based watchmaker, Armin Strom, is their Tourbillon Skeleton Air which comes in a matte gray titanium case, and normally includes a gray (shown below) or white alligator horn-back strap as well as an additional gray or white rubber strap. However, this particular piece is (shown above) with a brown horn-back alligator strap, which is a stunning combo. And which emphasizes how a simple strap change can significantly alter the appearance of the watch. The Tourbillon Skeleton Air case measures a very wearable 43.4 mm x 13 mm, which is a good size for a wide variety of wrists. It is not a 38 mm dress watch for sure but it is also not a 48 mm Panerai. With a non-locking crown and 50 meter water resistance, it is not really a sports watch, nor

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Max Chilton Edition Edge Double Barrel launched at Firestone 600

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Independent Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom has partnered this year with up-and-coming IndyCar driver Max Chilton to create a timepiece that pays homage to the racer and his team (Chip Ganassi Racing). Launched at the Firestone 600, which was held a few weeks ago, in Fort Worth, Texas – the new Max Chilton Edition Edge Double Barrel was designed with input from Chilton. “I love a heavier and larger watch on my wrist that still has a sporty feel to it,” says Chilton. Chilton’s number “8” appears on the dial in the small seconds display and the blue on his turbocharged Chevrolet racecar matches the hour numerals on the dial. The limited edition piece is, of course, appealing to a fan. And watching Max race in person, would have been nice. But unfortunately the rainy conditions earlier in the day could

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Introducing the Armin Strom Edge Double Barrel

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This year at Baselworld, Armin Strom debuted an all-new timepiece, called the Edge Double Barrel, which preserves the brand’s signature off-center dial configuration and gains a new movement and case. The Edge Double Barrel caliber ARM16 is built in-house, like all of the movements coming from Armin Strom. Most notably, the grey ruthenium treated main plate and bridges have an unconventional “cross-grinding” finish, completed with hand bevelled edges, all visible on both the dial and caseback sides of the watch. Hours and minute are displayed by large polished steel hands, which have a generous amount of luminous treatment. These are the same hands used across the entire breadth of the Armin Strom collection. What is new, is the large Arabic numerals printed in silver on the black azurage inner chapter ring for each hour, except 9 o’clock. White minute graduations

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REVIEW: Armin Strom Tourbillon Gravity Water

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Overview In 1967, after completing his watchmaking apprenticeship, Armin Strom opened his own shop in Altstadt (Old Town) area of Burgdorf. At first, he was selling and restoring watches, although he soon began working on producing his own timepieces. His first masterpiece was a gold pocket watch, with a hand-engraved dial in polished blue lapis lazuli. Strom’s manual dexterity and incredible attention to detail led him to hone his skills in skeletonizing and engraving. His desire to cut away all the non-essential parts of the bridges and plate (skeletonizing), allowed him to use his unique skill set to distinguish his timepieces. He started exhibiting his skeletonized creations at Baselworld in 1984, at which point he had already made a name for himself as a master skeletonizer and engraver. He even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when

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Gumball 3000 Finale in Vegas

Started in 1999 by Maximillion Cooper and his wife, Julie Brangstrup, the Gumball 3000 is an annual rally that takes place on public roads. It runs approximately 3000 miles across Europe and the United States. This year it started with about 120 cars in Stockholm on May 24th, then to Oslo (May 25th), Copenhagen (May 26th), Amsterdam (May 27th), Reno (May 27th), San Fransisco (May 28th), Los Angeles (May 29th) and culminating in Las Vegas on May 30th. By the end, less than 40 cars made it to Vegas. Driving on public roads, with two drivers and no pit crew, in a very short period of time, across multiple countries is anything but easy. There are many pitfalls along the way, such as police, engine troubles, logistics issues when flying the cars from Europe to the United States and so

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Hands-On with Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water

Armin Strom unveiled their new Skeleton Pure collection last year at Salon QP in London. And we recently got some hands-on time with the steel version, and will give your our thoughts below. The Skeleton Pure is available in either steel (Water), 18K rose gold (Fire), titanium (Air) or black PVD treated steel (Earth). Case dimensions are of the circular case are 43.40 mm diameter by 13 mm thick case, with the brand’s signature lip at six o’clock (which can be personalized with an engraving if you like). Polished to a mirror finish are the bezel, lugs and case flanks, whereas the back has a satin-brushed matte finish. An open-worked movement can be easily done wrong, but the depth of the Armin Strom caliber immediately pops out at you, especially because of contrast of blue and silver finishes. All visible

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Armin Strom Engines Are Ready

ARMIN STROM Team 78’s engines are ready! On Sunday morning, May 24, owner Serge Michel and director Claude Greisler will start the engine on their special Tech Art Porsche Turbo as the multi-continental Gumball 3000 car rally hits the streets in Stockholm. The car is not their only big engine. Michel and Greisler will track their driving time via the new ARMIN STROM Skeleton Pure Team 78, a cool variation of their Skeleton Pure which they created especially for the rally. Both machines feature a sleek black exterior with neon lime accents. The manual-wind, Calibre ARM09-S timepiece is black PVD-coated stainless steel with an 8-day power reserve. The stitching on its carbon strap is also bright lime. Their Tech Art GP Street R Cabriolet, which is based on a Porsche 997 Turbo, is blazoned with ARMIN STROM Team 78 and

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Armin Strom Gumball 3000

Gumball 3000 was created in 1999 by ex-race car driver, designer, and British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper who had a vision to combine cars, music, fashion and entertainment to create a lifestyle event that takes place once per year. To commemorate this year’s Gumball 3000 rally Armin Strom, director and chief horologist, Claude Greisler, who also competes in the event, created three different limited edition timepieces. According to Armin Strom, “the annual supercar rally which sees 120 incredible cars drive a 3000-mile route around the world. After this year’s event, which travels from Stockholm to Las Vegas in just seven days, Gumball 3000 entrants can reclaim “Gumball fever” by owning a 2015 Gumball 3000 commemorative wristwatch by ARMIN STROM.” With models in 18k rose gold (Ref. RG15-GB.90 Tourbillon Gumball 3000), black PVD-coated stainless steel (Ref. ST15-GB.90 Manual Gumball 3000) and black

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Armin Strom Skeleton Pure collection

At Salon QP, which is a London based watch trade show that runs from November 6th to the 8th, Armin Strom launched an all new open worked wristwatch collection called the Skeleton Pure. The Skeleton Pure comes in a 43.40 mm by 13 mm case that is available in either steel (Water), 18K rose gold (Fire), titanium (Air) or black PVD treated steel (Earth). Visible through the front and rear sapphire crystals, is Armin Strom’s in-house caliber ARM09-S movement, which has a fully skeletonized main plate, gear-train bridges and barrel bridges. In addition, each version’s main plate has 3D-PVD coating that corresponds to its respective element (water, fire, air or earth). The gear train and barrel bridges feature a rhodium or ruthenium treatment depending on which variation you choose. The escape wheel and pallets made of solid gold with hardened

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