Once again the Swiss watch brand from Biel/Bienne, Armin Strom, releases a new generation of its Mirrored Force Resonance watch. This brand, a master at skeletonization, also mastered the art of precision isochronism with its resonance watches in 2016 and continues to create sophisticated mechanical marvels. The elegant new Mirrored Force Resonance combines the brand’s superlative chronometric Resonance technology in a redesigned 276-part movement and houses it in features a newly designed case with stunning offset slate-hued dial.
Just like the first Mirrored Force Resonance watch, which utilized an innovative method to achieve a new standard of chronometric precision and regularity once believed to be impossible, the new watch boasts the brand’s patented technology.
The stainless steel case of the watch is also totally redesigned, and is slimmer in proportions, measuring just 43mm in diameter and 11.55mm in thickness. The slender watch also boasts elegant lugs for a more ergonomic fit. Thanks to the raised sapphire glass box-like crystal, the innovative open-worked three-dimensional movement can be viewed from all angles – enabling great views of the two balance bridges and wheels. These mechanical features complement the offset opaline dial that is finished in a “black gold” color.
Additionally, the pusher at 2:00 “allows the two running seconds indicators – which rotate in mirrored clockwise and counter-clockwise motions – to be reset to zero and visually track the state of resonance.” The transparent sapphire case back allows for viewing of the new movement with engraved main plate that uses raised text to explain certain specifics of the Mirrored Force Resonance.
The ingenuity of the Resonance in this Armin Strom timepiece is the fact that two movements beat in sync with independent energy sources and gear trains. The symmetry of the movement is like a masterful work of art that accentuates the brand’s prowess at skeletonization and haute horology finishes. The re-engineered movement, Armin Strom manufacture Caliber ARF21, also boasts updated ratchet wheels and pawls inspired by pocket watches of yesteryear. The finger-style bridges between the ratchet wheel and barrels are crafted in white gold. The manual wind movement offers 48 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
This first edition of the Mirror Force Resonance watch is being created in a limited edition of just 25 pieces. It is backed by the brand’s 10-year warranty. It retails for $59,000.
Armin Strom’s patented Resonance Clutch Spring
Considered one of the most difficult watchmaking feats to achieve, “the physical phenomenon of resonance enables more regular timekeeping by synchronizing two balance wheels that oscillate in opposite directions at the same time. Throughout the history of watchmaking and even today, watches incorporating this phenomenon are few and far between. In fact, only a handful of watchmakers in the entire history of watchmaking have attempted to harness the potential of resonance, with varying levels of success and reproducible reliability.
With its groundbreaking and patented Resonance Clutch Spring, Armin Strom has succeeded where other watchmakers could not. Conceived, developed and produced entirely at the Armin Strom manufacture in Biel, the Resonance Clutch Spring is the result of years of intensive research by co-founder Claude Greisler and the manufacture. Crafted from a single piece of steel, the Resonance Clutch Spring is designed to transfer energy between both hairsprings and quickly bring the balance wheels into resonance. Armin Strom’s newest generation of resonance is the quickest and most reliable on the market, synchronizing faster than any other watch that uses resonance and remaining in a resonant state longer than any other.
Thanks to the Resonance Clutch Spring, a flexible suspension connecting the two hairsprings with its balance wheels, all of Armin Strom’s Resonance watches are more resistant to shocks or vibrations than standard mechanical movements. Precision and consistency are, of course, the ultimate goals of mechanical watchmaking and resonance plays a crucial role in helping these amazing watches keep time consistently over days, weeks and months. Armin Strom’s goal is a watch that the owner knows will tell the time consistently, day in and day out.
The Resonance Clutch Spring is made of steel and performs more consistently than high-tech materials such as silicon and withstands temperature fluctuations well. It also makes the Resonance Clutch Spring future proof by using proven materials and modern methods to increase longevity and improve serviceability.”