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Inside the Armin Strom Manufacture

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Overview Biel/Bienne, Switzerland sits at the base of the Jura mountains and is located at the boundary of the German and French-speaking parts of the country, hence the name “Biel” which is the German name and “Bienne” which is the French name. Since 2005 the official name is “Biel/Bienne.” The city has been the industrial heart of Swiss watchmaking since the 1800s. It’s home to some of the industry’s most powerful watchmaking brands, like Rolex and Omega, right alongside young independents such as Armin Strom. Originally founded by Armin Strom himself, a watchmaker with a specialty in the art of skeletonization. In 2006 Serge Michel took over the company and refocused on producing a more contemporary, unified line of timepieces – yet still to this day every movement has a hand engraved component as an homage to their heritage. By

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Armin Strom Manual "Hunt Slonem" Edition for Only Watch

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Only Watch is a biennial charity event where watch companies, big and small, donate a one-off timepiece that is auctioned off to the highest bidder – with all proceeds (approximately 98%) going to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Biel/Bienne based watchmaker Armin Strom has again chosen to participate in this noble charity event and their submission is a timepiece with the work of Brooklyn artist Hunt Slonem on the dial. The Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch 2017 comes in a titanium case with a diameter of 43.4 mm and is powered by a manually wound AMW11 caliber that is manufactured in-house and has an off-center time display and seconds subdial. The watch runs for 5-days when fully wound. The mainplate and bridges are decorated and hand-engraved. (Here is a standard version of the Armin Strom

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Mirrored Force Resonance Hands-On

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Independent Swiss watch manufacture Armin Strom debuted one of the most interesting timepieces of 2016, distinguished by its unique dual regulation system that increases precision through “resonance.” Resonance was studied in the context of watchmaking 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 effects of timekeeping accuracy due to outside disturbances, such as shock to the balance staff, which

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Armin Strom Online Watch Configurator

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Based in Biel/Bienne, which is home to companies such as Rolex, ETA, and Omega – Armin Strom is an independent watchmaker, and a true watch manufacture, with the ability to produce calibers fully in-house, and has already been offering customized features by special request for a long time. Over the years they have gotten very proficient at the process, and today, they are debuting a new interactive online personalization service called the “Watch Configurator,” which is similar to the customization options [TAG Heuer launched earlier this month] (https://professionalwatches.com/2017/03/hands-on-with-the-tag-heuer-connected-modular-45.html) with their Connected watch. However, these are purely mechanical watches, not smartwatches. Using the online Watch Configurator, you can select from multiple options, in real-time, such as movement/watch type, which can be a hand-wound, skeleton, tourbillon – basically anything from the Armin Strom. From there you can then choose different colors for

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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire

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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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