Earlier this summer, independent watch brand Armin Strom unveiled its second Masterpiece watch: the Resonance Minute Repeater. We covered that watch thoroughly here and here (where we discuss why the watch didn’t make it to the GPHG jury). The watch warrants so much because it is a world’s first and worthy of the coverage. Recently, though, at WatchTime New York, we had the chance to meet with Claude Greisler, head watchmaker for the brand, and grab a quick 30-second video (see below).
The technically complex watch marks the world’s first – and only – resonance chiming wristwatch. “This 47mm titanium Minute Repeater Resonance watch deftly combines a sonorous minute repeater with Armin Strom’s patented Resonance clutch spring system (which was three years in the research and development stages). It is certified by the Center Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique as being a true resonance system.
Essentially, the watch features two vertically stacked and inverted movements with pinions that not only drive the hours and minutes, but also the repeater hammers. The movement is so complex that it consists of more than 400 individual parts – created both by Armin Strom and Cercle des Horlogers (minute repeater experts).”
Retailing for $350,000, and created to celebrate Armin Strom’s 10thanniversary — the Resonance Minute Repeater is made in a limited edition of 10 pieces.