In this replica watch, Armin Strom makes the micro-rotor plainly visible over at the 4 o’clock position. Now, obviously, a rotor of any sort makes use of gravity (and your motions against gravity) to help get it spinning around to wind up your replica watch. This makes for an interesting juxtaposition against the tourbillon (at 8 o’clock) which is (theoretically) working to negate the effects of gravity. A sort of yin and yang, if you will. It is very much worth seeing the evolution from the previous Armin Strom Tourbillon collection replica watches (hands-on here).
Those are just the more obvious aspects of the ATM13 movement, which is just about on full display through the skeletonizing of the movement, and the relative lack of a dial. That all said, it does look like a fairly readable replica watch (which is a real risk with dials this open), with wide, lume-filled hands (reminiscent of buildings, if you ask me) contrasting against the darker finishes in the dial.
The relatively large minute/hour track around the outer edge certainly helps in this regard as well. What’s more surprising (to the eye, at least) is when you notice that the track is actually off-center in the replica watch – which means the hands are off-center as well. Fortunately, these align to each other, so there’s no weirdness there. It’s just a crescent that’s been added to the right side of the dial.
Why is the crescent there? I suppose it’s possible that they needed a little extra space in the case for some component of the movement. However, I think it’s far more likely that it’s a styling exercise. Not only does it give them a spot to put the brand nameplate, it’s also a way of making the replica watch just a little bit different than the others out there. While wildly off-center replica watches can look and feel unbalanced, I think what Armin Strom has done here really works quite nicely – just enough different that it takes an appreciative eye to notice.-->