For me, the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch is readily Armin Strom’s most intriguing watch, and I find this new version in stainless steel to be even more desirable than the last. The issue is whether or not we could afford one, and then after that, the issue becomes finding one which fits into our lifestyle. Armin Strom’s Skeleton Pure collection offers an ironically rather uncommon approach to this skeletonized watch dial and movement because the theme of the watch family (at least in style) is more sporty than just formal. Regrettably, the majority of watches out there with carefully skeletonized and hand-decorated moves are somewhat formal in their approach to design. What exactly does one do if they’re a more casual, short sleeve-wearing type of guy who still wants this type of artistry on their wrist?Armin Strom is not the sole operation in town servicing this demographic of opinion needs, however “casually cool skeletonized” timepieces of the ilk are not exactly common. I suppose you might throw in the infrequent skeletonized-dial Audemars Piguet Royal Oak to this mix, but those aren’t exactly common either, and the prices are typically a lot more. Come to think about it, the skeletonized high-end sports-style watch market might just be woefully underserved right now. That is probably good news for Armin Strom, but it also suggests that, at least for today, they are one of the few brands asserting this category of timepieces, which means many watch consumers don’t even know to search for such watches.
To celebrate the exciting and successful second season of the Armin Strom Sailing Team, Armin Strom created a limited commemorative edition of its Gravity collection and gave the team’s skipper Flavio Marazzi the first of 32 watches produced for the series. Armin Strom owner Serge Michel, presented the special timepiece to Marazzi during a ceremony on July 10 at the Lake Garda competition in Malcesine, Italy. With striking black and orange colors the Gravity Sailing’s dial and strap match the design of the team’s catamaran and its sail. The micro rotor of the automatic timepiece is visible from the dial side.
Currently the Armin Strom Sailing Team is in fourth place in the 2016 Great Cup 32 Sailing Series, which is held across Europe —there are two more races before the series concludes in Marseille, France on October 13-16. The catamaran reaches speeds of up to 40 knots and appears to soar airborne when at top velocity. Skipper and helmsman Marazzi is Switzerland’s most successful sailing competitor, a four time Olympian, and an Armin Strom ambassador.
The new Armin Strom Gravity Sailing Special Edition is fitted with a stainless steel black PVD case measuring 43.4 mm in diameter and 13 mm in thickness. The watch features a 5-day power reserve with running seconds indicator on the dial and powered by the Armin Strom calibre AMR13 composed of 171 parts, 26 jewels and which beats at a frequency of 18,000 vph. This new watch is water resistant to 50 meters and delivered on a black hornback alligator strap with orange contrast stitching and an additional rubber strap. The new Armin Strom Gravity Sailing is available in a special edition of only 32 pieces.
Sticker Price CHF13,900 –approximately $14,000 USD. For more info on Armin Strom click here.