Characterised by pristine styling and meticulous hand-finishing, the Armin Strom Gravity Date Air infuses contemporary aesthetics with Haute Horlogerie craftsmanship.
The Armin Strom brand is widely acclaimed for their supreme hand-decoration and skeletonisation techniques. Having achieved vertical integration, this resolutely independent watchmaking company can now control every stage of the manufacturing process of each of their small-series editions.
Part of the “Elements” series which represents the earthly components which are believed to be essential to life itself, The Armin Strom Gravity Date Air watch is, in every respect, a showcase for watchmaking virtuosity.
The watch carries a contemporary, rounded 43.40 mm titanium case. Located at 6 o’clock, the unmistakeable protruding lip which is a synonymous feature of Armin Strom watches, offers the potential for a bespoke, engraved motif.
Featuring an abundance of useful indications, the façade of the Armin Strom Gravity Date Air wristwatch has been beautifully laid out so that outstanding legibility is accomplished.
For this model, the mainplate of the movement becomes the dial, and its fine circular Côtes de Genève decoration provides an excellent background for the time indications.
In an off-centred position, the hours and minutes are marked in black on a white dial ring, with applied hour numerals at 12, 3 and 6. Black double digit numerals count the minutes. 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 small white subdial offers a combined indication for the seconds and the pointer date display. At its centre, the day/night indicator represents each 12 hour sector in either white or black.
Complementing the overall contemporary feel of this watch, a plate which carries the Armin Strom logo has been fixed with visible screws, adding a touch of industrial styling.
Revealing the true Haute Horlogerie credentials of this piece, a generous open section between 12 and 6 o’clock lends an uninterrupted view of the barrel and the going train.
Unusually, the Manufacture ADD14 calibre which gives power to the Gravity Date Air model incorporates an innovative concept of transmission for the rotor. This allows it to take up position dial side and its energetic motion, which breathes life into the calibre, can be viewed between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Turn the piece over, and the panorama of the fine craftsmanship of the decorated Armin Strom Manufacture automatic calibre ADD14 can be observed.
Here, a glimpse deep into the heart of the calibre reveals a compelling view of an old-school screwed balance, surrounded by exquisite perlage bridges. Hand-engraving, unique to the Gravity Air models, has been executed on one of the bridges, while elsewhere the meticulous concentric hand-finishing continues. Beating at a leisurely 18,000vph, the movement has a power reserve of 120 hours.
The Armin Strom Gravity Air Date wristwatch wears on a white horn-back alligator leather strap and comes supplied with an additional white rubber strap. The model is an exclusive limited edition of just 100 pieces.