The Swiss watch manufacturer, Armin Strom, has announced their very first tourbillon with a micro-rotor winding mechanism that supplies the power. The Burgdorf-based watchmaker unveiled the Tourbillon Gravity Fire Watch at Salomons Country Estate in Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent with special guests such as Brand Ambassador Max Chilton, a Formula 1 driver of the Marussia F1 Team, together with some of Kent’s most affluent and influential style setters and decision makers.
Considering the fact that the micro-rotor is often considered the pinnacle of automatic winding and the tourbillon is the pinnacle of regulating organs, this watch represents a perfect combination in modern watchmaking industry.
The new Armin Strom Tourbillon Gravity Fire Watch (ref. RG14-TF.M.90) is housed in a round 18-karat rose gold case which sizes 43.4mm in diameter and 13mm in thickness. The case is protected on both sides with anti-reflective sapphire crystals and it is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 50 meters (about 165 feet). On the ride side, the case incorporates a rose gold crown.
This newcomer like all Armin Strom timepieces features some characteristic design elements, such as the lack of a full/closed dial, the bridge that is visible from the dial side, as well as the Armin Strom’s typical bezel.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a skeletonized dial that features a recognizable black rim on its periphery with white Arabic numerals and hour markers, which are coated with white luminous substance. The rose gold hour and minute hands are also filled with luminous material. A tourbillon carriage with a second’s hand is placed at the 9 o’clock position.
On the dial, it is possible to observe the two opposites that animate every watch movement: winding and regulation. While the tourbillon mechanism accomplishes regulation more precise by diminishing the effect of gravity, the micro rotor harnesses this same power to supply energy to the gear train. Thus it exploits both the positive and negative impacts of the Earth’s gravitation.
The new Tourbillon Gravity Fire is equipped with the new Armin Strom caliber ATM13 tourbillon & micro-rotor movement. The automatic movement consists of 197 components and has the frequency of 18,000 oscillations per hour. The movement is capable to deliver a fairly generous power reserve of around 110 hours.
The newest member of the Armin Strom family is issued in the limited series of only 50 specimens. Each of them comes with an elegant brown alligator horn-back leather strap. The wristlet ends with a double-fold clasp in 18-karat rose gold. The watch comes with an additional brown rubber strap.