We have written about Armin Strom here many times before. It is a brand we respect for its dedication to watchmaking and remaining true to its values. Now, we are thrilled to bring you the newest Skeleton Pure watch as presented just a couple of weeks ago at the WatchTime New York event.
A fascinating work of mechanical prowess and alluring architecture, the new 18-karat white gold watch features a movement with layered construction of the components. Made in house, the Calibre ARM09-S is skeletonized, and the bridges are highly accentuated in bold blue thanks to a special three-dimensional PVD colorization. Trained artisans meticulously plate the bridges with rhodium in the workshop’s dedicated electroplating department to protect the color and lustre of the movement parts. A manual wind caliber, the watch features a double-barrel and offers 8 days of power reserve. Water resistant to 50 meters, the watch is being offered in a limited edition of just 100 pieces and is delivered with a genuine dark blue alligator horn-back strap.
What we think: From the off-centre time indications to the fully skeletonized, blue-coated bridges, this watch is a winner. The 146-part movement just steals the eye — and never lets go. The sapphire crystal and casebook — coated with anti-reflective treatment — make it even easier to gape at the movement. The case size — 43.40mm — is generous but not overbearing. The crown wheels turning on the dial side is a nice added touch of animation. With a retail price of $49,000, it is one of the coolest — and bluest — skeleton watches on the market.