Crafted in the company’s atelier in Biel/Bienne, the Armin Strom Pure Resonance Salmon timepiece features one of watchmaking’s most challenging and fascinating of complications, that of resonance. Exhibiting remarkable complexity and exquisite artisanship throughout, the intricate mechanisms of the piece are complemented by a guilloché dial handcrafted by Kari Voutilanen’s Comblémine atelier in a stunning shade of salmon. In every sense a superb display of contemporary Haute Horlogerie, the model bears the exclusivity of a strictly limited release of just 5 pieces.
Founded in 1967, by master of skeletonisation, Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom, this exciting independent company have a collection of timepieces characterised by superb craftsmanship and innovation. The Pure Resonance Salmon edition evolves the company’s constant force concept, which plays with the quirks of physics in a truly astounding display of graceful motion against a backdrop of beautifully decorated components, topped off with an exquisite handcrafted guilloché dial, which promises to catch the light with every subtle wrist movement.
Using the curious phenomenon of resonance to ensure a constant force delivery of energy between the twin barrels and time displays, the watch features not one but two balance and escapement assemblies, which are visible on the pared-back face of the watch. Kept apart, but positioned where the gravitational pull of each one on the other means that each beats at exactly the same frequency, returning to that pace even should they be knocked out of kilter by the shock of an impact on the watch. Between the two, a single fine spring of the zigzag clutch flexes in time with the balance wheels thus the release of the combined energy is smooth and unwavering throughout the 48 hours of power reserve.
The Pure Resonance Salmon carries a 42mm case of stainless steel. At the 6 o’clock position, the company’s trademark lip extends over the trim bezel, and with a high-polish finish throughout the casing it has an elegant personality upon the wrist.
The dial area comprises of brushed lines of côtes de Genève striping on the bare steel plates of the movement. Just above, the hours and minutes are displayed via steel hands and a fine white minutes track and roman numerals, on an offset guilloché dial, handcrafted in Kari Voutilainen’s Comblémine atelier, and which is rendered in a stunning shade of salmon. Immediately arresting, its warm, rich tone is resplendent against the darkened plate beneath. Intersecting it gracefully, a smaller subdial with snailed finishing displays the seconds. With all of the elements combined, the effect is quite captivating and leaves one in no doubt that this edition is indeed a rather special piece.