Armin Strom has just brought everyone’s favorite dial color (or at least the most marketable color other than black) to the incredible Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Blue. The brand has established resonance as its cornerstone, and rightly so, considering it’s one of the few brands to even attempt to integrate the concept into its watches. Certainly, we’ve seen other exceptional high-end brands like F.P. Journe do so, but none have made it such an integral part of their brand identity as Armin Strom.
Resonance, if you aren’t familiar, is the idea that if you get two vibrating things close enough to each other, they’ll sync up all on their own. For horological purposes, this means greater isochronism. For your purposes, that means the watch keeps time more ably. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance achieves this with two balances yoked by a patented resonance clutch spring. The balances each have their own barrels and seconds indicators; the indicators can be resynced on demand with a pusher at 2 o’clock and used to track the state of resonance. It’s not any wonder that the brand has taken efforts to put much of the movement on display, but in a very tasteful way. While the balances and some gearing and components are exposed, Armin Strom hasn’t made any sacrifices to legibility, keeping a big, easy-to-read offset dial right there for all to see. And now, all those dial bits are in blue! The dial features a mix of graining and azurage (radial grooving), plus the visible finishing of the movement.
The stainless steel case measures 43mm wide and 11.3mm-thick, and offers a scant 30m of water resistance with a pull-out crown. It’s decorated with polished chamfers and vertical brushing, which offers a nice change from the typical horizontal brushing we see on most watches. The watch is paired with a blue suede strap with a deployant buckle. The hand-wound Armin Strom ARF21 movement is the latest mirrored force caliber, made of 276 components and featuring 39 jewels and a 3.5hz (21,500 vph) frequency with 48 hours of power reserve. While it offers all the expected decoration, the main plate features all the benefits of the movement’s resonance system in bas-relief (similar to what Greubel Forsey does but slightly less haughty, given that the GF words are just bragging about the brand and not offering a list of benefits).
If you’re into this kind of high-end spectacle of chronometry, you’ll probably be at least interested in this new model. It’s undeniably attractive and horologically captivating. You may not think resonance is interesting, but I get bored very easily and can confirm that I hung on every single word as the brand explained it to me (complete with hand-drawn diagrams) for well over 15 minutes at their booth in New York at last year’s Watch Time. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Blue watch is limited to 50 pieces and priced at $63,000 USD. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.