Today, we bring you some very exciting news as Armin Strom has now released a stainless steel version of their Mirrored Force Resonance watch. The new Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water features a stainless steel case measuring 43.40 mm in diameter and equipped with a navy blue hornback strap and an additional rubber strap with deployant double-folding clasp. Just like the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire in 18K rose gold, the new Mirrored Force Resonance Water in stainless steel is also available in a limited edition of only 50 pieces.
Based on the physics principle of 'Resonance', a 'Resonance Watch' is one that is equipped with two independent movements with two independent balance wheels, two independent escapements, two independent gear trains and two independent mainsprings. Based on the physics phenomenon where two oscillating bodies in close proximity influence each other and eventually synchronize known as 'resonance', the balance wheels generate a reverberance and the resonance between them allows for fine tuning aiming for maximum horological accuracy, precision and rate stability.
One body in motion relays its vibrations to its surroundings. When another body with a similar natural resonant frequency to the first receives these vibrations, it will absorb energy from the first and start vibrating at the same frequency in a sympathetic manner. The first body acts as the “exciter,” while the second acts as the “resonator.”
Unlike the majority of watch companies operating today, Armin Strom is a full-fledged manufacture with in-house manufacturing capability. The resonant Caliber ARF15 composed of 226 parts and 43 jewels is a classically constructed manually wound movement that was conceived, manufactured, assembled, and regulated in-house. It beats at a frequency of 25,200 vph —3.5 Hz— thus allowing the observer to really appreciate the patented, resonant regulators in action. The movement is resolutely modern, with a novel, yet impeccably executed finish providing a roomy and stable stage for the real show: the symmetrical twin display of seconds, which are bound by a single spring.
Fitted with two connected balance wheels that make their revolutions in opposite directions, the new Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water in Stainless Steel features a white dial where the time can be read. Visible on the dial side of the watch, one balance wheel rotates clockwise while the other rotates counterclockwise, as if they were performing a magic trick. When the 48-hour power reserve has been exhausted and the movement requires to be wound, the twin balance wheels need approximately 10 minutes to become synchronous once again. In case of any outside influence in the form of shock, it takes only a few minutes for the two balances to find their resonant rhythm once again. This is because it is not the balance wheels that Armin Strom’s technical team has connected using the resonance clutch spring, but rather the balance spring studs, which receive the impulses. The case band pusher at 2 o’clock resets the luminous twin seconds’ displays to zero, simultaneously resetting the twin balance wheels. A watch that we can't wait to review in the metal very soon.
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