Daniel Strom “Agonium” Memento Mori, Carpe Diem Watch: Most Expensive Goth Garb Ever?

Daniel Strom “Agonium” Memento Mori, Carpe Diem Watch: Most Expensive Goth Garb Ever?

This watch looks like Big Ben from a nightmare. What looks like a Halloween holiday watch is actually the newest luxury timepieces from Daniel Strom, son of watch maker Armin Strom. I am sure that daddy is really keen on Daniel's new dark art. Perhaps, it followed these events:  first he dyed his hair black, then painted his nails black. Soon he was wearing Nine Inch Nail's t-shirts and shunning the sunlight. But things got really weird when he craved blood (but soon abandoned that idea after tasting the stuff), and decided to follow in his father's footsteps in the "dark arts of watch making." So imagine this high-end result. What you have here is probably the world's most expensive goth watch accessory. Troubled teenage girls and boys can now have a new object of their affection as opposed to that cool coffin-style twin size bed they have been eying.

The watch is named the Agonium "Memento Mori, Carpe Diem!" Which translates into the uplifting statement "remember you will die, so seize the day." Good advice, but you aren't gonna close  a lot of business meetings with ol' silver bones here. The message is the same as the much more innocuous Mr. Jones The Accurate watch I discussed here. I mention silver by the way, because that is one of the three metals the watch is available it. Not quite sure of the watch size actually, but I hope it is massive. The watch case is handmade. Basically, each of these pieces is going to be a custom order. Strom themselves even invites you to suggest custom orders, "All is possible, ask for an offer." In sterling silver, palladium, gold, or even platinum, the case design is Gothic cool with skulls and architecture resembling an underground catacombs crypt. Skulls and bones stacked up making the corridors. You can even get versions of the palladium cased version with diamond decoration. Diamonds are used on the case as the eyes of the some of the larger skulls. I want to meet the man who orders that piece.

Momento Mori, Carpe Diem has an inner case that is steel and hold the movement, which is a simple, automatic Swiss ETA 2824. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal over the dial, and other sapphire crystal on the caseback. The watch dial is pure Gothic design complete with Roman numerals and a "bone-white" color. The dial is also available in black, and the hands can be ordered in different colors. I do wonder how ergonomic that skull-shaped crown is going to be? Daniel Strom pairs the piece to a hornback alligator strap in black or white (really, a white strap for this watch?).

Wanna get one? These are all limited edition watches with some as few at 12 pieces, or special order only. Strom will make you ones of these watches while you slowly sit and contemplate your death. It should take them about a month to complete it. On the low end, you can get one of the sterling silver cased versions for 6,666 euros (they serious did price it at that), to 13,777 euros in palladium (17,999 euros with diamonds), about 19,999 euros in gold, up to about 46,666 euros in platinum. Get one soon and wear it to your local industrial music club to make everyone else jealous.

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  • Dean Grant Baker

    $24 722.7638 U.S. dollars for a BASE 2824 eta?

    I could go to my local custom jeweler and have one made; a custom one off for under 4 000.

    Watch making is becoming simply stupid.

    But in all fairness there isn’t ANY ‘watchmaking’ in this watch; you can NOT plop an eta into a machined case and call yourself a “watchmaker” or even a watch company; you’re an assembler.
    Nothing more and certainly a lot less

    • http://ablogtowatch.com admin

      The overall Strom watch world – mostly Armin Strom does have actual in house made movements and lots of interesting stuff. So there is the true art in the family. In this piece the art is all in the look or it. Inside is just a Honda engine of watch movements. At least they used something reliable.

  • http://www.watchurself.com Richard

    I used to have an English teacher who would say,”There’s someone out there for everyone.”
    I guess there’s a watch, too.

  • Dean Grant Baker

    We need to define the term “in-house” if you do NOT make your own ebauche, bridges, mainspring, and balance you are NOT making an ‘in-house’ watch — you are assembling.

    As to the Honda; you can get a real one for 24 K

  • http://www.strom-agonium.com Daniel Strom

    Hey guys, thanks for all remarks concerning the “Memento Mori”. What I have to say about the movement is the following: In this watch I wanted to have a reliable good movement and nothing complicated… because the importance of this watch is on the case work and the message I want to give to this object or better to this sculpture…the case was made entirely by hand and then casted, after that again all is reworked by hand. The price for the gold version is so expensive because, as you all know, the actual gold price… the first price of this watch is at Euro 6’666.00! Daniel Strom

    • http://ablogtowatch.com admin

      Thanks for telling us more about the watch and your design principles behind it Daniel

  • M

    I think it’s cool looking. Not appropriate for all situations, but perfect for a soiree at H.R. Giger’s residence.