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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I was really surprised last year when Armin Strom announced their Mirrored Force Resonance watch. I always regarded them as a brand that makes some interesting watches, but they never really made a strong impression on me until this watch came along, 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 watch is so special.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

The Mirrored Force Resonance watch is so special because it joins a small and elite group of watches that rely on the principles of resonance to improve timekeeping. For readers who are not familiar with resonance, it 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.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This idea was first thrown around by highly renowned French watchmaker Antide Janvier and Breguet over two centuries ago, and Breguet even made some watches based on this principle. The idea may sound simple, but in practice, such watches are incredibly difficult to manufacture and regulate, which explains why very few modern manufacturers and watchmakers even make them. Apart from the Mirrored Force Resonance watch from Armin Strom, only two other resonance watches come to mind; F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance watch and Beat Haldimann’s H2 Flying Resonance. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch, therefore, joins a very exclusive club of watches.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Mirrored Force Resonance watch that we got to the handle was the very first one that comes in 18k rose gold, and it is also known as the “Fire” version (Fire is the term Armin Strom gives to its rose gold watches). In May earlier this year, Armin Strom followed up with a more affordable steel variant called the Mirrored Force Resonance Water (a pretty cool name for a steel variant). The Mirrored Force Resonance’s 18k rose gold case is 43.4mm in diameter and 13mm thick. The lugs, which curve very slightly downwards, are prominent and beefy. The bezel is quite expansive too. Together, they make the Mirrored Force Resonance watch seem quite big. On the wrist, the watch certainly has a lot of presence, plus the animated dial draws a lot of attention, but more on the dial later.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The crown is rather thick and muscular, which makes winding a breeze and above the crown is a pusher at 2 o’clock. This pusher is one of the neatest and coolest things about the watch because it lets the user instantaneously reset the two seconds hands. So the idea here is to wind the watch and let it run for a bit and then reset the two seconds hands and let them run and achieve resonance.

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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Overall, the case is neatly finished and a small detail that some readers might not notice is that there’s a small lip on the bezel at 6 o’clock. This is a design trait of early Armin Strom watches where owners can choose to engrave their initials or whatnot on the watch. Owners of the Mirrored Force Resonance watch can choose to do the same if they wish or leave it as it is.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The dial is the best aspect of this watch because unlike F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance, whose movement can only be admired through a sapphire display case back, the two resonating balance wheels of the Mirrored Force Resonance watch are visible from the dial side. A quick glance of the watch is all you need to remind yourself that you are wearing something that is very special on the wrist.

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  • Pete Pete

    not bad. but would be (much) better without the goatee

  • Phil leavell

    Quite wonderful Masterpiece of engineering. This is why I like this site well written. This is what makes me interested in watches.
    Not a fan of skeleton watches no I also wouldn’t have this kind of coin sitting on my wrist.. I love the movement and understand the principle of it’s operation.
    Definitely going to interweb this and
    discover Moore thanks

  • Mark1884

    Interesting watch. I can appreciate it from a technical aspect, but not something I would buy.

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. If I were ever shopping in this price range, I’m getting an Arnold & Son Golden Wheel. More luxurious and interesting, to my eye.

  • Yan Fin

    I wonder how this design really improves accuracy?

    • Phil leavell

      Not being an engineer I wouldn’t say it would improve or decrease accuracy. But the sheer complexity of the engineering is mind-boggling the exacting spring tensions tolerances that’s incredible. If you get it wrong in principle and theory and build something man it’s a wreck the bridge they built a cat member where was built brain fart but it was called Galloping Gertie look it up that’s what happens when you get it wrong

    • It’s largely theoretical, as with many other technical complications, but you can argue that the two escapements partially mitigate the rate variation of each other. So the tendency of one to run faster in a particular position is dampened by the resonance. But it’s also pretty easy to argue that the best mitigation for this sort of thing is a very well adjusted single escapement. Resonance is more like a science project than an objective tool watch complication.

      • Like tourbillons are supposed to have less error in 4 of the 6 positions.

      • Yan Fin

        Yes, I understand the theory behind. I was trying to find some evidentiary data on accuracy of this kind of design, as well as tourbillions.

        • BNABOD

          We got a statistician in da house. Get me some evidence damn it and maybe just may be I can run some Kaplan Meier analysis on this sucker and test for overall survival

        • The evidence is out there but its also contradictory and patchy. I would love for objective accuracy to be part-and-parcel of watch marketing, like MPG on a car, but that’s not what primarily drives the mechanical market so the brands (with only a few exceptions) will work very hard to obscure such details. Long story short, people don’t invest in these complications for incremental accuracy – it’s all just shades of the same grey versus the brilliant shine of the accuracy a quartz-regulated watch.

    • Word Merchant

      I’m guessing not at all. But it definitely improves coolness.

    • Lenny Kravitz

      I’ll redesign it.

  • Word Merchant

    Ditch the fat lip, make the time dial and the seconds rings in a very frosted dark grey sapphire crystal circle, remove the odd little pointy bits at the end of the hour and minute hands; there – perfection attained.

    • Like them or not (and I’m with you) the shape of the hands is an AS signature design touch.

  • SuperStrapper

    This ranks among my favourite AS watches, mainly because it doesnt have that signature offset/eccecentric case design. Despite this dial being so off centres I find the design just more cohesive. I like when brands have that unmistakable signature, but the AS one is somethibgbthatbjust never looks right to my eye.
    Technically the watch is obviously impressive. I would be interested in seeingit in action, it must have aunique look on the wrist.

  • egznyc

    Too much marketing text on the time dial. Make it smaller or better still, put it on the case back edge. It ruins an otherwise attractive design. Very cool movement and finishing!

  • Lovely. Also my favourite AS.
    It retains a surprising amount of dignity despite an image of Quagmire appearing every time I see the dance of those coupled escapements. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43d0d06a855c730bbacf13188e0e007799ae955c56bfb33d75ca9d59f31e4f80.jpg

  • I’m agreeing that less text is about the only (small) complaint. Very cool watch and good looking and legible to boot. Big thumbs up. I generally like AS watches and this one is even easier to like for those who are off-put by the offset dial and most other AS pieces.

    • Lenny Kravitz

      I have a plan to redesign this

      • DanW94

        If only I knew of a watch design company with a cool, rock-n-roll vibe to it….

        • Word Merchant

          Bamford?

      • But I don’t want to “Go Your Way”.

  • Shirley Furby

    This watch leaves me a little off put with it’s design but it’s complexity puts the “king” turbillon to shame. Kudos to Armin Strom. All of the watches in this category are priced where mere mortals can only dream but in comparison this one is reasonable.

  • BNABOD

    I have achieved resonance just by reading this article . Did not even have to shell out 67 large for it. One more thing I still don’t like the tongue at 6

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I have to see it.

  • Steve Kosovich

    Can’t afford it but I LIKE IT!!!

  • droo

    Very interesting watch in all aspects. The resonance caliber implies a very elegant design both sides of the watch. Not so affordable though…

  • That’s spectacular. A superbly balanced blend of the “hautest”horology and basic legibility.

  • Moonraker

    “According to Armin Strom, it takes less than 10 minutes for the effects of resonance to take hold of the two running seconds hands, after which you will see them beating in unison.”

    So did you have it for less than 10 minutes? Or did you just not bother to push the zeroing button?

  • Simon_Hell

    With all those propellers this better double as a fucking drone

  • Ranchracer

    Unless I hit the lottery (which is tough to do if you don’t actually purchase tickets) this watch will never be part of my modest collection, but I absolutely love it. In terms of accuracy even the most complicated and expensive mechanical is crap compared to a $20 Timex, but of course as collectors we all know that’s completely missing the point. I was excited to see this post this morning as last night I’d read the section on resonance in a very nice new watch book I just purchased. It’s such an intriguing concept, and to see it executed so beautifully here is really cool. Hats off to Armin Strom for this piece. Well done.

  • Word Merchant

    If this was the ABTW monthly giveaway, I’d even probably join Facebook.

  • Esteban

    Someone with more time than me should create the “Horological Name Generator Machine” and feed it with resonance, tourbillon, bridge, platinum, remontoire, oscillator, pendulum, horological, machine, avant garde, twin barrel, co-axial, officially certified, superlative, superlative oficially certified, angstrom, escapement, and such words. It’s going to be brilliant.

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