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Armin Strom - Pure Resonance : a look away from the mirror to focus on essentials

Armin Strom Pure Resonance : a look away from the mirror to focus on essentials

The changes may appear aesthetic, but the focus is on even greater precision.

If, when you saw the first Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance model, you thought, like me, that it was a technical accomplishment that would take some beating, you have probably already been proved wrong after the folks in Bienne teamed up with recognised master Kari Voutilainen to add a sublime engine-turned dial to their technical marvel. They did it again at this year’s SIHH, where Armin Strom was present for the first time, with a smaller, streamlined version with yet more focus on precision.

“In keeping with the spirit of marine chronometers, we have removed anything that is not required for precision,” explains Claude Greisler. In a smaller case (42mm instead of 43.4mm) the two superimposed, open-worked, counter-rotating seconds scales have been replaced by a smaller offset small seconds counter in the lower half of the dial. This subdial and the off-set hour and minute dial take on a more classical design theme with a sunbrushed finish, railway markings and Roman numerals. The hands are worthy of note, not because they also bring a more classical touch to this timepiece but because they are made in-house by Armin Strom. Even in the upper echelons of the giant “manufactures”, few companies could make such a claim and these stainless-steel hands, which are machined, cut by wire-erosion and then hand finished, bring the percentage of in-house components in the Pure Resonance up to a staggering 97%. Vertical Côtes de Genève decoration covers all surfaces except the dials, which is another first for Armin Strom.

Pure Resonance : a look away from the mirror to focus on essentials

Pure Resonance Water and Fire © Armon Strom

But the changes are not merely aesthetic. The Pure Resonance houses an entirely new calibre, ARF 16, which is geared towards even greater precision. The reasoning is simple: the fewer functions that a timepiece has to perform, the better it can concentrate on accuracy. In concrete terms this means fewer jewels (38 instead of 43) and fewer components (206 instead of 226) in a smaller movement (34.40mm instead of 36.60mm). Owner Serge Michel even goes as far as to say that “The Pure Resonance heralds a new era at Armin Strom”.

Pure Resonance : a look away from the mirror to focus on essentials

Calibre ARF 16 © Armin Strom

The Pure Resonance is initially available in two versions: stainless steel with blue dial for 49,000 Swiss francs and 18-carat rose gold with black dial for 62,000 Swiss francs, but it will be added to the Armin Strom Configurator with a selection of up to five different dial colours and a choice of different hands.

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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.

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