February 6, 2023

Recently, I’ve come across a duet of watches I overlooked at 2014 Baselworld, Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches. So today I want to share this duet with you.

The fundamental Armin Strom case is 43.4mm wide and 13mm thick. Obviously, the fire model may be the greater-finish of these two finding yourself in 18k red gold. Which makes the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water model the version that is inside a high-polished steel case. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters and it has a little “lips” at the base that you can use like a place to engrave someone’s initials or something like that similar.

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Fire Watch

Many people complain that Armin Strom watches using the caliber AMR09 movement are draw attention away from since they’re slightly off balance. Affirmed, the hands don’t meet at what will be the core dial, but they are rather slightly left. This really is partly due to the 2 large mainspring barrels that pressure something to shove over a little. Although it does not personally bother me.

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water Watch

You will find interesting aspects of the finishing around the skeletonized movement which are not made by hand, but instead a procedure Armin Strom calls three dimensional-PVD. The concept would be to color or finish various aspects of the dial and movement to ensure that the general look is much more harmonious. The Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Fire includes a darker group of tones around the uncovered movement surfaces, in addition to colors in the movement itself for example brass and artificial ruby. Exactly the same concept can be used for that Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water, however with different colors.

The dials of those Armin Strom watches still impress me with their combination of traditional legibility and hand-made looks. Legibility is further enhanced through the inner sapphire crystal ring with some of the hour-markers onto it. Left from the hour and minute hands is really a subsidiary seconds dial which features a remarkably welcome power reserve indicator for that by hand wound movement.

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Watch Back

The ARM09-S movement within this watch includes a full 8 times of power reserve. It works around the steadier side at 18,000 bph which enables for efficient utilization of power. The making of the movement can also be rather efficient, because it is created from just 146 components. Certainly one of my personal favorite things related to the caliber ARM09-0S watch is, simply, to wind it. The mainspring barrels turn with another gear running against them within the other direction, creating an enhanced feeling of movement. It’s beautiful to check out, even for those who have no knowledge about mechanical watches.

Mixing convenience, appearance, and lots of craftsmanship (as well as exclusivity), the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure collection is extremely compelling towards the watch lover who is not just thinking about independent brands, but additionally decent values.

Both Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water and Fire watches are limited to 100 pieces, and also the cost for that Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water (ref. ST15-PW.05) is $33,400 in steel and also the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Fire (ref. RG15-PF.5N) sells for $46,400 in 18k rose gold.