Armin Strom Interview in the heart of F1
Max Chilton took time to discuss his Armin Strom Racing Gravity watch with Serge Michel, owner of Armin Strom.
Max Chilton, driver for the Marussia F1 Team, a watch enthusiast, gladly accepted between two races to answer questions from Serge Michel, owner of Armin Strom. We can see, during the interview, Max Chilton describing the Armin Strom Racing Gravity with great admiration and great affection.
SERGE: Watch collectors are often obsessed with cars and racing, but you're a Formula One driver with a true passion for watches. Why is this?
MAX: I think they are similar in so much as the detailed mechanical engineering and aerodynamic design needed to create a Formula 1 car correlates closely to the microscopic detail needed in producing the internal workings of the ARMIN STROM timepieces.
SERGE: Is there anything in particular about ARMIN STROM's designs that you like?
MAX: The skeletonized design interests me the most, with the wearer being able to see the movement. When I wear my ARMIN STROM I am totally engaged with the mechanics of the watch and how the components work together like a small performance. It really is beautiful to look at.
SERGE: As a Formula One driver, your work requires strategy, precision and timing. When you're wearing the ARMIN STROM Racing Gravity, how aware are you of the watch's mechanical prowess?
MAX: Very aware. Drivers learn from a young age that while a skilful racer makes manoeuvring a course look easy, it also takes unflinching focus and razor quick reactions. It requires mastery and precision, just as it does when creating the Racing Gravity. How the rotor automatically stores enough energy for a five-day power reserve and is able to measure time with such accuracy, is really impressive.
Serge: What about design?
MAX: The look of the Racing Collection really captures the mystique of racing. The plate and bridges have a rugged feel and their decorations reflect that of an F1 engine in some places. Plus, the bridges on both models are made from authentic F1 material from a Marussia F1 Team race car. This means I have a piece of that car forever. It's taking the synthesis to the furthest degree.
The ARMIN STROM manufacture expresses the very substance of its founder’s legacy. Its guiding principle is that of reinterpreting watchmaking tradition. To this end, it applies the principle of making movements visible and decorating them at every stage of their design and production.Find out more >
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