The Armin Strom Edge Earth watch exudes a powerful presence, but despite its avant-garde aesthetics its Haute Horlogerie credentials are undeniable.
By offering the wearer a superb exposé of the calibre components this watch references the company’s legacy for the traditional craft of skeletonisation. But, with a blackened case and unrefined finishing techniques, it showcases the watchmaking virtuosity of Manufacture Armin Strom by infusing craftsmanship with supremely modern styling.
From every aspect, the Edge Earth watch displays bold, confident design. The watch carries a 46.80mm black DLC stainless steel case framed by a chunky, notched bezel. At the 6 o’clock location, the protruding tab which is a synonymous feature of Armin Strom watches, offers the potential for a bespoke, engraved motif.
Beneath the gently domed sapphire crystal lies a striking façade. Here, traditional watchmaking skills have been infused with pure, contemporary styling, in order to create a unique panorama.
At once, one is confronted with two spider-shaped crown wheels, cutaway so the wearer can view the workings of the winding system face-on. Elsewhere, unexpected angles and visible screws are arranged on a backdrop of cross-grinding decoration.
The raw, unfinished appearance of the movement is, in itself a paradox. Requiring no less skill than a more traditional hand-decorated effect, its organic appearance adds industrial beauty to this unique timepiece.
Complying with the stealthy appearance of the model, an off-centred black ring encircles the dial. Large Arabic numerals in modern typography mark the hours while a precise minute track takes up position on the outer section. To aid readability, the razor-tipped hour and minutes hands have been liberally lume-coated.
Overlapping the dial ring at the 9 o’clock position, a black subdial offers a combined indication for the seconds and power reserve display.
Turn the piece over, and the rear-side view of the Manufacture ARM16 calibre is revealed. Here, traditional watchmaking components co-exist with a seemingly undressed surface, adding a rugged aspect. The contrast of this robustness, interspersed with the delicacy of deep-set jewels and a visible escapement ensures that the Armin Strom Edge Earth is a watch which, from any angle, demonstrates uniqueness and distinction.
The Armin Strom Edge Earth wristwatch wears on a black horn-back alligator leather strap and comes supplied with an additional black rubber strap. The model is an exclusive limited edition of just 100 pieces.