The very first bit of these three is that the Armin Strom Skeleton Watches Replica Manual Gumball 3000, which includes the AMW11-GB hand-wound movement, offering a 5-day electricity book. This calibre is observable through the display case back and also has a definite look of this Old West about it. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about the almost wood-like graining and the style of the engraved script cries Saloon Bar to me (which I absolutely love). The balance bridge is a finely crafted curve that performs a distinctive second fiddle to the screw balance wheel. The equilibrium itself, which is, as a lot of Armin Strom’s components are, refreshingly chunky and easy to observe. Making a centrepiece of the real mechanics is an excellent way to create a watch seem active. The case seems to be bursting with motion, which, in the case of the this watch, is doubly important given the plainness of the movement decoration.I really like the sense of distance and strength of complete on the rear of this Armin Strom Manual Gumball 3000, along with the build quality is, of course, excellent, because we have gotten accustomed to seeing from Armin Strom. With a price tag of $15,200, nevertheless, it actually is aimed at a demographic that has the capacity to enter and finish the Gumball 3000 rally. I find the dial side for a little more exciting than the rear, with all the classic, off-centre cutaway dial showing the bare metal of this motion, that has been engraved with a playing card motif that surrounds the 9 o’clock sub-dial. And it is there that we see the real branding of the Gumball 3000!
Despite the visible balance wheels, the dial remains very legible. The ideal half of this dial houses the sub dial that tells the moment. The minute and hour hands are made from rose gold. The sub dial is black and the hours are indicated by Arabic numerals in increased gold (black and increased gold is a winning combination for me personally). The brand and the model of this watch form a smaller circle inside the dial. I’m not so sure that I want to be reminded of the view’s name on the dial, but this isn’t a deal-breaker for me. That said, I’d however, prefer a cleaner design.To the left are just two subsidiary seconds dials with quite cool-looking triple-spoke moments hands. What’s even neater is that the second hands twist in opposite directions. The top hand spins counter-clockwise, while the reduced hand moves in a clockwise direction. It creates a fairly nice looking effect. Based on Armin Strom, it requires less than 10 minutes for the consequences of resonance to take hold of the two running seconds hands, and you may see them beating in unison.And further to the left of the two subsidiary seconds dials are the stars of the watch – both resonating equilibrium wheels. The 2 wheels oscillate at a rather unusual rate of 25,200bph, but what is really unique about it is the patented resonance clutch that connects the two equilibrium wheels via the balance spring studs (the endings of the balance spring). This clutch allows the transmission of vibrational forces between both equilibrium wheels, allowing them to find a natural rhythm in order that they can overcome in unison. This clutch, made from steel, is also what sets the Mirrored Force Resonance watch apart from its contemporaries.
Speaking of both balance springs brings us neatly into something known as a resonance clutch spring. It’s the elaborately shaped steel spring that is connected to the balance springs. What it does is that it offers a mechanical connection to both balance springs, allowing power to be transmitted from one to the other as they seek to maintain equilibrium and conquer in tandem.The motion is Armin Strom’s Calibre ARF15, which actually uses two complete going trains to attain the rotational effect. It’s a hand-wound movement created out of 226 components and features a pretty good power reserve of 48 hours. Additionally, it oscillates at a rather unusual rate of 25,200 beats per hour.For me, the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch is easily Armin Strom’s most intriguing watch, and I find that this brand new model in stainless steel to be even more desired than the last. The newest Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water is limited to 50 pieces and is priced at 54,000 Swiss francs, which makes it a good 13,000 Swiss francs more affordable compared to rose gold model of last year. There’s always something to be said about a new brand that really masters their craft and Armin Strom proceeds to show off such art with each new version. If you have been keeping up with releases from Armin Strom this year, you’ve probably had a opportunity to have a look at our first hands-on with all the Armin Strom Edge watch here. It’s a tasteful implementation of contemporary, industrial design blended with conventional finishing methods that cover what you would expect from authentic high-end watchmaking. Today, fans can feast their eyes on the newest newest iteration: the Armin Strom Edge Dual Barrel watch in 18k rose gold.
The Gumball 3000, because it’s known, started life on British shores, but has become a really global event, together with the course shifting every season to keep things interesting. The rally, that hasn’t avoided controversy since its foundation in 1999, is popular with celebrities and wealthy civilians, all of whom drive the car of their decision on the public street course in pursuit of glory or the trip of a life. The Armin Strom Replica Watches Replica Manual Gumball 3000, Double Barrel Gumball 3000, and the Armin Strom Tourbillon Gumball 3000 are intriguing additions to a variety which has, in the past, focused on clean lines and conservative colorways. How then, will a project that intends to inject some of the Gumball Rally’s characteristic chaos into the new fare?When I heard of the triple-header launch, I had no idea what to expect. The Gumball Rally seemed a very “out there” selection of cooperation for such a strait-laced brand, but one that I had been anticipating seeing. I sort of expected that Armin Strom goes down the wacky Swatch route and totally trick these out timepieces with bold, goofy images and eye-popping fonts instead of the (understandably) more controlled approaches of brands like Omega with all the America’s Cup Watch or even Tag Heuer with the Formula One bits. What resulted was something in between that could either hit the right balance or leave you feeling a little flat.The problem with pulling off a celebratory collection in this way is getting enough event branding into the piece without it becoming a grotesque billboard. With this group, Armin Strom have managed to incorporate the Gumball 3000 script emblem into the design, but does it work? Do these watches have sufficient Gumball to send the right message, or does the labelling jar a lot with its fancy frame? Let’s take a look at the collection, piece by piece to find out.
Though the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure watches also have skeletonized movements and hand-engraving, the outcomes are more modern and less “decorative,” with no complex patterns and textures found on the surfaces of their motion. “Pure” in this instance refers to the ease of the design and the way Armin Strom was able to decrease the ARM09 movement to its bare minimum. In reality, they assessed the motion in the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure watches into the ARM09-S (“s” for skeleton) because of its minimalized look at feel.The surfaces of these movement bridges are brushed while the edges are beveled making for a nice, albeit much simpler look when compared with the effect we saw on the Armin Strom One Week Skeleton. The 1 Week Skeleton is part of a more limited edition (of only 50 bits) with the patterns and nice details, while the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure is available as two limited editions of 100 bits, with exactly the same style of motion skeletonization minus the decorative attributes – though there is still a great deal of hand polishing.
I was very surprised last year after Armin Strom announced their Mirrored Force Resonance watch. I always regarded them as a new that makes some interesting watches, but they never really made a strong impression on me until this view came together, which also happens to be the most complicated model that Armin Strom now makes. Join us as we get up close with this wonderfully impressive piece and let me tell you why this view is indeed special.The Mirrored Force Resonance watch is really unique because it joins a very small and elite collection of watches which rely on the principles of resonance to enhance timekeeping. For readers who are not familiar with resonance, it describes the occurrence where a vibration or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude. In watchmaking, it generally refers to the usage of two oscillators beating in close proximity to strengthen their beat rate. The notion is that if resonance occurs, the two oscillators will begin to beat in sync with each other and with greater stability. This, then, equates to greater accuracy and greater chronometric performance.This thought was first thrown around by highly renowned French watchmaker Antide Janvier and Breguet over two decades ago, and Breguet even produced some watches based on this principle. The idea may sound easy, but in training, these watches are incredibly hard to fabricate and modulate, which explains why very few modern producers and watchmakers even create them. Apart from the Mirrored Force Resonance watch from Armin Strom, just two additional resonance watches come into mind; F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance watch and Conquer Haldimann’s H2 Flying Resonance.
Armin Strom Manufacture
My first encounter with the Armin Strom Watches Buy Replica Manufacture and their work was with a skeletonized OMEGA Speedmaster watch. That’s right, Armin Strom has worked for 10 years on various skeletonized OMEGA timepieces. However, in the 40 years being active as a watchmaker and engraver, he also started working on his own timepieces since 1984. During the years, his business – both for other companies and his own – grew and in 2009 the Armin Strom AG moved to a large production facility in Biel. This was also the year that Armin Strom introduced their first in-house developed and manufactured movement, the ARM09. During the Baselworld 2013 exhibition we paid a visit to the Armin Strom booth and had some time to finally see some of their watches in the flesh and take some photos.
And Armin Strom himself? He officially retired in September 2011, but he is still involved in the company as an advisor and as an investor. However, when we visited the Baselworld booth he was present as well.
Photo Essay Armin Strom
Our photographer Bert Buijsrogge captured a few watches from the Armin Strom Manufacture. All watches of the Armin Strom collection feature – of course – hand engraved and skeletonized movements and a watch case with a ‘lip’ at 6 o’clock. This lip was initially there to have the owner’s initials engraved for example, but we’re not sure if this is still a common request from their clients.
The watches with in-house developed movements start at a price of 9900 Swiss Francs (including VAT) up to over 100K Swiss Francs for the Tourbillon models. In this photo essay, we show you watches from the Skeleton, Gravity, Manual and Tourbillon collections.
Armin Strom Skeleton
The watch below is from the Skeleton collection and goes by the model name of Blue Chip Automatic Skeleton. A 46.5mm diameter case made out of stainless steel and featuring a hand skeletonised and hand engraved movement. This watch has an anthracite dial although Armin Strom prefers to talk about ‘rings’ as most of the dial has been left out to show the craftsmanship of Armin Strom’s team of engravers.
Armin Strom Gravity
This is actually our personal favourite, the Gravity collection with its automatic movement models ‘Water’, ‘Fire’, ‘Air’ and ‘Earth’. These models start at 11.900 Swiss Francs and feature the in-house developed manufacture movement caliber AMR13 with a 5-day power reserve. The distinctive case (with lip) and the clearly visible hand skeletonised and engraved movement are unmistakeably Armin Strom. Chances are very small that you will meet someone else with the same watch during a business meeting. Below, the Gravity Earth which is limited to 100 pieces only (43.4mm diameter PVD case).
Armin Strom Manual
Almost similar to the Gravity collection, the Manual collection also consist of 4 models called ‘Air’, ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Water’. With a starting price of 9.900 Swiss Francs, a nice alternative for the Gravity collection.
Below, the stainless steel Manual Water model.
Armin Strom Tourbillon
We show you two tourbillon versions from the Armin Strom Manufacture, the Tourbillon Air from the Tourbillon collection and the Tourbillon Fire from the “Coffret Tourbillon” collection. The latter comes in four sets of four watches (again: Air, Earth, Fire and Water). Both models have the in-house developed caliber ATC11 movement, but the Coffret Tourbillon has hand engraved flames on the plate and bridges.
The Tourbillon collection is limited to 50 pieces of each model, where the Coffret Tourbillon comes in the sets as described above.
More information on the Armin Strom Manufacture can be found on the official website.