The Armin Strom Pure Resonance Sky Blue watch was unveiled during the Watches and Wonders event in Shanghai in April 2021. This limited edition white gold watch features an off-centered blue guilloché dial made by Kari Voutilainen.
In general, Armin Strom carefully maintains a pared-down approach that keeps the brand’s style of watchmaking focused on its essence. How concentrated that style may be, this special-edition head further in that direction, squarely placing emphasis on the watch’s most remarkable feature: the visible dual balances oscillating in resonance. The special blue dial and the matt hand decorated finish are highlighting the Swiss German style of this timepiece.
The dial offers a “Kari Voutilainen hand Guilloché” subdial for time displays: Roman numerals dominate the off-center subdial displaying hours and minutes in white with steel hands, while a classic railroad track marks the exact minutes. The smaller subdial at 7 o’clock displays seconds using only a baton-shaped hand and a simple track.
The Sky blue colored hand made Guilloché dial from Kari Voutilainen has a special lack finishing (Email à froid) in order to reinforce the unique look of the dial. The Bridges are decorated with succinct, eye-catching côtes de Genève, applied for the first time in straight lines.
It’s absolutely spectacular movement finishing is often overlooked as the hypnotic pulsation of its clutch spring and the synchronized motion of its two balance wheels provide a mesmerizing distraction that invariably captures most of the attention.
The reason for this watch’s improved chronometry can be found in the straightforward approach to the movement: the fewer functions a timepiece must perform, the better it can concentrate on accuracy. In other words, with no superfluous functions this watch can focus fully on providing the time in marine chronometer precision. The time displays receive their portioned energy from the lower regulator, while the upper regulator remains in place to create resonance.
The outward design of the Pure Resonance perfectly reflects the purity of Caliber ARF16. It is housed in a slim 42 mm white gold case with reduced lugs and crown and practically no bezel, though the characteristic lip at 6 o’clock remains – an homage to the ability of Armin Strom to customize any of its watches as well as to founder Armin Strom, who offered this space to clients for personal engraving (and it can still be used for that).
This special edition of the Pure Resonance remains in line with the philosophy of Armin Strom as a brand: just good, proprietary mechanics presented in an impeccably finished and interesting way. The Pure Resonance Sky Blue is limited to 3 pieces.
Model: Pure Resonance Sky blue
Hours, minutes, seconds
Armin Strom manufacture calibre ARF16
Manual-winding, patented resonance clutch spring, 2 mainspring barrels
Regulating system: two independent regulation systems connected by a resonance clutch spring
Power reserves: 48 hours
Dimensions: 34.40 mm x 7.05mm
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (25,200 vph)
Finishing: base plate and bridges are decorated to the highest quality level
Number of components: 206
Sapphire crystal front and case back with antireflective treatment
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Height: 13 mm
Water resistance: 50m
Sky blue colored hand guilloche by Kari Voutilainen
Hands: polished steel
Delivered with a black alligator strap and stainless-steel double-folding clasp.
Limited to 3 pieces
Swiss Francs 74,000. – (without TVA and taxes)