Independent watchmaking is gathering momentum, and with manufacturers like Armin Strom producing some absolutely outstanding timepieces that are both inventive and characteristically representative of their respective atelier, I truly believe that that momentum will continue to build and gather pace.
Today we’re going to delve a bit deeper into one Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire and Water. Ultimately they are the same timepiece, but with an aesthetic that is completely different from one another.
The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance is a beautifully constructed timepiece that meshes absurd mechanics with contemporary looks wonderfully well. Both variants sit within a 43.40mm wide, 13mm high case constructed out of 18k rose gold or stainless steel (ergo Fire and Water, respectively).
The differentiation between warm and cool, hot and cold, extravagance and subtleness really brings to light the idea that Armin Strom wants to give the consumer the option of experiencing their brilliance while controlling the circumstances of that experience. Both pieces illustrate their respective colour palette.
The Fire version has rose gold hands and blackened sub-dials and chapter rings; the Water version has stainless steel hands and white sub-dials and chapter rings. Both of course are designed with the intent of showing off that beautiful movement.
The movement in question is the Calibre ARF15, an in-house manufactured manually wound mechanism made up of 226 individual parts. Removing the dials and hands, both variants have the exact same movement with the exact same look.
The ARF15 is an ultra-modern movement that utilises a very unique way of recording time. You have two independent and symmetrically mirrored regulators that stabilise each other.
These are connected to each other by a resonance clutch spring, and essentially they display two indicators of the passing seconds. Fully wound, one could expect the ARF15 to continue beating for about 2-days at a frequency of 25,200 vph. Beyond the ARF15’s obvious technical prowess, the movement finishing is second to none. Everything has been tended to by the watchful eye of the master artisans at Armin Strom.
It’s wonderful to see an independent watchmaking manufacturer attempt such a difficult task. Even for established and foundational watchmaking manufacturers, attempting to negate relative change and improve accuracy in such a novel way is a challenge, so for an independent, in-line and fairly unknown watchmaker to execute a package like the Mirrored Force Resonance; well I believe a round of applause is in order.
Given the option between the Fire or the Water variant, my decision would of course have to be based on aesthetics. Thus, my heart veers towards the Water model. I find stainless steel (and to a greater extent, “cold” colours) far more wearable. But the Fire model does carry with it a far more poised look, and therefore can be seen as the dressier option of the two. Either way, they’re both fantastic timepieces.
Both watches are made in a limited run of only 50 pieces. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire costs $67,000 CHF ($68,500 USD), while the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water costs $54,000 CHF ($55,000 USD).
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