The Biel-based watchmaker Armin Strom has finally made its limited edition Armin Tourbillon Water available for sale. It is one of four models from the Tourbillon series by the brand known for the timepieces that display innovation and in many cases skeletonized movements, as it is case with this novelty. Available in a scarce edition which includes just 50 copies, the timekeeper is equipped with a proprietary movement with exquisite aesthetic and technical features. Not only that it provides a tourbillon complication, but it also includes an extended power reserve lasting for impressive ten days.
A Quartet of Tourbillons with the Names of the Elements
The new timekeeper by Armin Strom with the reference number ST13-TW.50 is together with other three watches (named after other elements- earth, wind and fire) from the brand’s tourbillon collection a prime example of the watchmaker’s success. An easy explanation for this claim is the fact that these pieces come supplied with the company’s in-house made tourbillon movements which is undoubtedly an admirable feat. In the manufacturer’s signature styling, the new watch likewise features an exposed movement which promotes new forms of skeletonizing where the designs are integrated right from the earliest stages and much before the timekeeper is assembled in the watchmaker’s facilities in Biel.
Together with other three pieces from the lineage, Armin Strom Tourbillon Water watch premiers the brand’s first in-house tourbillon caliber with the designation ATC11. The first tourbillon caliber by the Swiss brand has a lever made of 18 K white gold and a specific archtitecture where the blalance wheel stands on the same axis as the seconds pinion.
Ten Days of Power Reserve
ATC11 caliber is a hand-wound movement. Thanks to the twin mainspring barrel system, it has an extensive power storage which can power it up to amazing ten days. Besides, it features escape wheel and pallets constructed from gold and with reinforced functional areas. Including 24 rubies and 184 components in sum, the movement has a screwed balance with Breguet spiral and operates at the frequency of 18,000 vph. Its width is 36.6 and its thickness is 6.2 mm. When finishing is concerned, the timekeeper boasts top-notch hand engravings on its plate and on the tourbillon bridge.
A member of the premier quartet of tourbillons by the brand is fitted into a round shaped housing made form stainless steel. Its width is 43.4 mm, while the height of the housing measures to 13 mm. Armin Tourbillon Water is safeguarded with a sapphire crystal with an anti-glare coating. It is noteworthy to say that the watch is water proof to 50 meters which is quite alright for a tourbillon piece.
The new limited edition timekeeper features a very interesting looking skeleton dial with a slightly off-centered white scale with modern looking Arabic numerals. Interestingly, the scale includes hour markers only for the positions of 12, 3 and 6 o’clock, whereas the other numerals designate minutes. Armin Strom’s attachment of choice is in this case dark blue alligator horn-back leather strap which fastens with a double-folding clasp in steel. Additionally, the manufacturer provides another rubber band in the same color as the leather one. As it has been mentioned, there will be just 50 examples of the watch which will be sold at the yet undisclosed price. Last fall, this model and other tourbillons from the collection where displayed in various major cities around the world.