Over the weekend, independent Swiss watch brand Armin Strom made a lot of watch lovers green with envy. The brand continued its roll-out of top-notch Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition watches … this time in a stunning sage green color that it refers to as Industrial Green. The watch makes its debut not even two full months after the brand released the Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Blue watch.
The new timepiece boasts a skeletonized multi-layer dial that adds depth and dimension – allowing for viewing of the complicated movement that is chocked with state-of-the-art technical prowess. The offset dial and the chapter rings around the subsidiary dials are an artful shade of green that is at once alluring and arresting.
Like its blue sibling before it, the Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Green watch is powered by a fully recreated movement that was retooled for the Blue edition, but that still boasts the patented resonance mechanism.
The Armin Strom manufacture caliber ARF21 is visible on the dial side thanks to a raised sapphire box crystal and via the anti-reflective sapphire case back. The 276-part manually wound caliber, with 48 hours of power reserve, is fitted with two independent regulating systems that are connected by a patented resonance clutch spring that allows for incredible precision.
Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Green
The new watch, like its blue brother, also boasts a redesigned, slimmed-down case. Crafted in stainless steel, the 43mm watch is finely finished from movement components to dial. In fact, the dial has a great textured appeal in the center, offset by a satin-brushed chapter ring. The area to the left of the subsidiary dials, from 8:00 to 10:00, is where the real magic happens. There, the watch’s twin balance bridges are visible in all their glory. A pusher at 2:00 allows the two running seconds indicators that rotate in mirror form (clockwise and counterclockwise) to be reset to zero and track the watch’s resonance.
The machine-green hue is inspired by vintage equipment still used alongside contemporary state-of- the-art machines in Armin Strom’s integrated manufacture. “We chose this green because it harmonizes with the polished and decorated parts of the open-worked movement. And the grenage finish gives a contrast to the polished indexes. This frizzy, kind of frosted surface reflects some light – but it is not too loud. It doesn’t overwhelm your attention and it shouldn’t compete with the movement,” says Armin Strom’s Master Watchmaker and co-founder, Claude Greisler.
“This watch is all about achieving the highest precision possible. And for me as a watchmaker, hand decoration is very emotional – you can express yourself and add your signature to a watch movement,” said Claude Greisler. “It is not strictly necessary – but thanks to hand decorating and unusual details like the green grenage dial, a watch becomes a piece of art.”
The main bridge and other parts are visible via the case back, and in typical Armin Strom style, each part is hand finished using perlage, satin brushing, chamfering and haute horology polishing techniques. The watch is completed with a green Alcantara strap with white stitching. Just 50 pieces of the new chromatic resonance watch will be made, each retailing for $63,000.