; ARMIN STROM SKELETON ONE WEEK REVIEW









ARMIN STROM SKELETON ONE WEEK

The Armin Strom Skeleton One Week watch pairs the company’s meticulous artisan craftsmanship with the luxury of 18-carat rose gold.

With a calibre reduced to its essentia, this exquisite timepiece is a superb representation of the legacy of the company’s eponymous founder, whose enthusiasm for the fine art of skeletonisation was pivotal to its preservation and popularisation.

Characterised by classical hand-finishing, infused with contemporary aesthetics, the Armin Strom Skeleton One Week watch has been endowed with a luxurious,  rounded 43.40 mm 18-carat rose gold case with a trim bezel and robust lugs. At the 6 o’clock location, the instantly recognisable tab, which is a synonymous feature of the company, offers the potential to add a personalised, engraved motif.

Resting securely beneath a domed sapphire, an intricate exposé is revealed. Here the fully exposed main plate, gear-train bridges and barrel bridges offers the wearer a glimpse into the heart and soul of the piece.

Enhancing the pleasure of this multi-layer panorama, classical hand-engraving intermingles with gilded components unveiling the Haute Horlogerie anatomy of the industrious micro-mechanics.

Despite the compelling view of this beautiful, three-dimensional composition, the time indications are fully legible.  A sapphire ring encircles the dial onto which the gold appliqué hour markers and pristine minute markers have been added. And, in an off-centred position, the rose gold, razor-tipped hands have been endowed with generous coating of lume.

A smaller sapphire ring, for the small seconds, leans over towards the 9 o’clock position enriched with a golden background and markers.   From its centre, a discreet, dark red-tipped hand serves to indicate the power reserve.

Complying with the resplendence of the case and calibre, at 3 o’clock, the Armin Strom logo has been engraved in golden letters onto a sapphire plate.

Turn the piece over, and an uninterrupted view of the skeletonised Armin Strom Manufacture ARM09-S provides another compelling spectacle.  While the rear-side view of the twin barrels dominates, a closer inspection reveals the compelling view of a traditional screwed balance and the solid gold escapement wheel.  Beating at a leisurely 18,000vph, the movement has extraordinary power reserve of 7 days.

With its intimate architecture and impeccable hand-finishing the Armin Strom Skeleton One Week watch is an alluring proposition for the collector who appreciates traditional Metiers d’Art skills infused with contemporary styling.
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