Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel Watch Releases

I always knew of Armin Strom as being a brand that makes some interesting watches, such as the Armin Strom One Week Skeleton watch which features really intricate handiwork. But the brand had not made a strong impression on me until last November when they announced the Mirrored Force Resonance watch which relies on the principle of resonance for timekeeping. Now, the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch is available in a more affordable stainless steel case.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel Watch Releases

If you don’t understand the fuss about the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch, let me break it down for you. As its name plainly suggests, the Mirrored Force Resonance uses the principle of resonance to improve its chronometric performance. Resonance, in the field of physics, refers to the phenomenon in which a vibration or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude. In watchmaking, it typically refers to the use of two oscillators beating in close proximity to strengthen their beat rate. The idea is that if resonance takes place, the two oscillators will begin to beat in sync with each other and with greater stability. This, in turn, translates to higher precision and better chronometric performance.

Now, the thing about resonance watches is that they are incredibly rare. Just off the top of my head, I can only think of F.P. Journe’s seminal Chronomètre à Résonance watch, and Haldimann’s incredible Flying Resonance. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch, therefore, joins a very exclusive club of watches.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel Watch Releases

When the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch was first released last year, it was only available in rose gold and the model was known as the Mirrored Force Resonance Fire. Now, it is available in a more affordable stainless steel case and the model is known as the Mirrored Force Resonance Water. Armin Strom has a tradition of releasing different versions of a watch themed on elements like water, fire, earth, and air. More importantly, I think this new model looks even better.

Apart from the stainless steel case, the case dimensions and design have been left unchanged. The new Mirrored Force Resonance in steel measures 43.4mm wide and is about 13mm thick. The case is characterized by its thick lugs and muscular crown. And like most Armin Strom watches, there’s a small lip at 6 o’clock in between the lugs that allows owners to engrave their initials if they would wish to do so.

There’s a pusher at 2 o’clock that instantly zero-resets the two seconds hands. This is a pretty cool feature because if resonance is indeed in effect, then the two seconds hands should beat in unison.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel Watch Releases

Aside from the case material, the biggest changes to this watch are on the dial. In place of black dials with rose gold printed numerals are white ones with the numerals printed in blue, hence the name Mirrored Force Resonance Water. Anyhow, it’s a great color combination and gives the watch a modern and fresh look.

The rest of the dial remains unchanged, and that means a lot of the movement can be seen. However, the highlight has got to be the twin balance springs on the left side of the dial, which are flanked by two subsidiary seconds dials with cool-looking triple-spoke seconds hands.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel Watch Releases

Speaking of the two balance springs brings us neatly to something called a resonance clutch spring. It is the elaborately shaped steel spring that is attached to the balance springs. What it does is that it provides a mechanical connection to both balance springs, allowing force to be transmitted from one to the other as they seek to maintain equilibrium and beat in tandem.

The movement is Armin Strom’s Calibre ARF15, which actually uses two complete going trains to achieve the resonance effect. It is a hand-wound movement made out of 226 components and features a pretty decent power reserve of 48 hours. It also oscillates at a rather unusual rate of 25,200 beats per hour.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water Watch In Steel Watch Releases

For me, the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch is easily Armin Strom’s most interesting watch, and I find this new model in stainless steel to be even more desirable than the last. The new 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 than the rose gold model of last year.

What do you think?
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  • IanE

    Cool as water – but rather more pricey!

  • Yan Fin

    So, what exactly the advantage in accuracy here? Any numbers?

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Very very desirable. I don’t care whether it’s more accurate or not, it just looks more super double triple accurate. Next time I’ve got a handy half-hundred lying around, it’s mine.

  • cluedog12

    Nice watch Kenny! Would have gone with “less expensive” over “affordable”, as the distinction is important.

    Main boner: Twin running seconds dials with reflected scales. That’s a effective way to visually reflect the complication, pardon the pun.

    Main gripe: “Mirrored Force Resonance” text on dial.


    whoa impressive discussion time piece. One thing I would change,the case’s most southern appendage. not sure why they would do that. like a tongue sticking out.

    • IanE

      Kenny said it is for initials (etc) if wanted. I’ve seen these on a few other watches and have wondered! Not a happy approach IMHO, though.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      It should have been mirrored at the top.

  • 100% Genuine Aviation Heritage

    hornback strap?

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Hornback strap refers to the ridge that runs along the top of the strap.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Hornback strap refers to the ridge running along the strap ap of a watch , sometimes real (alligator ) sometimes not.

      • SuperStrapper

        No, he’s right: this watch has a hornback strap. That’s if you disagreed with his assessment, which I assume you do.

        The term hornback should never be associated with anything other than genuine alligator.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          I bow to your expertise in this matter.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I love it ( all £42,022.71 of it ) Nice muted look lifted by the brushed metal, that little muscle flex of the lugs and that lovely movement.. It needs balanced, get rid of the tongue or add one to the top, otherwise this is on my wish list.

  • SuperStrapper

    Torn. AS have released a few models recently that have caught my eye, including this. But all because they have excused themselves from the once-omnipresent design language they had where the entire dial was slightly off center (I would call it skewed). Which I never enjoyed. Now this obviously has an off center dial, but in a much different style: the time dial is much smaller and less skewed than it is ‘eccecentric’, hinting at perhaps the best iteration of that look, the Lange1. Regardless, AS has abandoned that look for a few watches and I like it, but even though I didn’t enjoy the look I always respected that they had a common and unique design element that made them immediately recognisable.

    This watch is very attractive. I would wear it. I’m turned off by the superfluous dial text and would love to see Russ or Mark hack a photo and remove it, but it would need to be replaced with something else. There is nice attention to finishing here, but at this price the techniques they used come off a little… blasè. The chunky balance cocks, for example, have decent anglage (even though convex was a cop out). But the surface finish is inelegant and inconsistent. It’s a miss, and it just looks a bit lazy. The engined turned plate is a nice touch, and I enjoy that you see a lot of it without it ever really being in the forefront of anything, but it does not have anglage, and where it meets the stipled back plate is a bit of a mess in term of aesthetic transfer. Bring the price back closer to Earth on this one and these microniggles start falling off.

  • thecouchguy

    Pretty nice indeed. ALS have my heart in this price bracket however.

  • Very nice technology & execution. Don’t really know why, but the little tab at 6:00 for engraving really bothers me. If you carved your initials in it, you would kill the resale value, or have to re-case it. I guess you could do some status symbol engraving……

  • Phil leavell

    It’s a lot of money for what looks like an ashtray. Definitely not keen on the tab at 6 o’clock. Or the offset all in all it’s a good thing I don’t have the money to buy it

  • Ulysses31

    The nicest Armin Strom I have seen, from a visual standpoint at least. The ability to test the precision of the resonance system at the push of a button is a nice feature and something you might end up playing with in idle moments.