News: Armin Strom embraces traditional crafts with two new versions of the Mirrored Force Resonance
Angus Davies looks at two new versions of the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance, one with a guilloché dial and another with a grand feu enamel dial.
The eponymous Armin Strom initially gained a reputation for modifying existing IWC and Omega watches. In 2006, the company became limited, resulting in the formation of Armin Strom AG. Subsequently, in 2009, Armin Strom moved to a new, larger Manufacture in the watchmaking town of Biel.
It was after making this move in 2009 and investing in new plant that Armin Strom embarked on its current path, crafting open-worked Manufacture movements. Since the inception of its new Manufacture, the Swiss company has never shied away from innovation, releasing numerous new calibres in recent years.
Since 2009, Armin Strom has shown the numerous components it makes courtesy of movements which freely disclose their inner workings. Furthermore, many of its models feature hand-engraved scenes on the movement, providing yet another point of differentiation.
Mirrored Force Resonance
Director, Claude Greisler, has never stopped looking for new ideas and in 2016, the technical genius unveiled the Mirrored Force Resonance in Rose Gold. Subsequently, in 2017, this watch won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, independently affirming its aesthetic prowess.
Armin Strom approached CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique) with regards to the technical capabilities of the Mirrored Force Resonance. The Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology is a Swiss research and development centre specialising in microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering, photovoltaics and communications technologies.
Working with CSEM provided confirmation that Armin Strom’s Mirrored Force invention is in resonance, affirming the technical capabilities of the watch.
With its technical capability proven, Armin Strom released a steel version of the Mirrored Force Resonance, bestowing a different, slightly softer appearance than its rose gold sibling. The steel version was a precursor for other aesthetic changes which later ensued.
Last month, at SalonQP, the watch company from Biel unveiled two new variants of the Mirrored Force Resonance.
The first novelty to be unveiled at the British watch fair was a steel version of the Mirrored Force Resonance with a blue guilloché dial. The dial has been produced on a rose engine lathe. This traditional approach to dial making, practised for generations, provides an interesting juxtaposition to the otherwise ultra-modern design for which Armin Strom is known. Indeed, the marriage of traditional guilloché and neoteric design works wonderfully, delivering a cohesive appearance which is clear to see.
The guilloché motif employs a series of fan-shaped patterns which seamlessly interact with each other. The glorious blue hue evinces different tonal shades depending on the position the watch is held. White dial markings provide tasteful contrast with the aforementioned sea of blue, resulting in a harmonious aesthetic which is most becoming.
Grand Feu enamel
The second novelty, once again looks to traditional artisanal craftsmanship. Grand feu enamelling provides a pure white vista on which time is expressed. Thermally blued, lancine shaped, hour and minute hands proclaim the time with perfect enunciation. The disc of grand feu excellence is framed with a chemin de fer, conferring a wonderful means of delineating the dial epidermis.
Once again, Armin Strom has looked to the past, embraced traditional crafts and skilfully mixed this with a huge dose of modernity. The resultant outcome is splendiferous. Moreover, typical of grand feu dials, the display will not fade with the onset of years, bestowing a permanence befitting an exemplar of haute horlogerie.
I must be honest, I was surprised to see guilloché and grand feu enamel dials bearing the Armin Strom logo. However, the courage the brand has shown in taking this bold step has led to the creation of two breathtaking and very appealing new models which spell another chapter in this company’s impressive history.
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.