I admit to not having the most healthy relationship with the Armin Strom Mens Watches Replica One Week Skeleton watch. Typically, I am really respectful around pretty watches, but I may have some apologizing to do. Don’t get me wrong, I am just as much a man as the next guy, but I certainly don’t want to make a really good looking watch feel uncomfortable by ogling in public. Pretty watches tend to know it and probably prefer that people think of them as ordinary timekeepers rather than something to really admire and stare at. Usually I do the polite thing.
We all have our weaknesses though. When I first heard that Armin Strom Watches Replica had created a limited edition timepiece that combined their ability to make in-house movements with their talents for decorating and engraving, I didn’t pay it much attention. I tend to be really busy and I see stuff like that all the time– well at least I thought so. Imagine my surprise when after seeing many thousands of nice watches and being able to keep my cool, I discovered a new piece that, without trying to be anything special, really captured my attention. I walked away from it easily enough, and then found myself starting to think of the One Week Skeleton lying naked on my bed while I daydreamed. What was happening to me?
It took a while before I realized that I was getting obsessed. I started by trying to understand my attraction to this watch. Why this particular watch? On paper, the One Week Skeleton isn’t even my type. It starts with Armin Strom’s in-house made ARM09 manually wound movement. I don’t even normally like manually wound’s, and tend to prefer automatics, but this one was an exception. The ARM09 is manually wound but it also has a power reserve of one week. On top of that, Replica Armin Strom Watches Replica designed a power reserve indicator in the subsidiary seconds dial located at 9 o’clock so you know when to wind it–a feature that really makes it OK in my book to wear something manually wound.
For the One Week Skeleton, Armin Strom fully engraved and decorated the ARM09 turning it into the ARM09-S. That process took about 10 days, and they have to do it for each movement individually, as the process of engraving is done by hand. There will only be 50 of them, meaning that the One Week Skeleton isn’t just the product of a lot of work, but also a rare one at that. What I later learned is that it even has a fair price. Learning all this was just too much to not consider the One Week Skeleton watch the right watch for me. So I started following it home and stalking it online.
The Mirrored Force Resonance watch that we got to the handle was the very first one which comes from 18k rose gold, and it’s also referred to as the “Fire” version (Fire is that the term Armin Strom gives to its increased gold watches). In May earlier this season, Armin Strom followed up with a less expensive steel version known as the Mirrored Force Resonance Water (a pretty cool name for a steel variant). Even the lugs, which curve very slightly back, are prominent and beefy. The bezel is quite expansive too. Collectively, they make the Mirrored Force Resonance watch look quite significant. On the wrist, the watch surely has a lot of presence, in addition to the animated dial draws a lot of attention, but more on the dial later.The crown is rather thick and muscle, making winding a snap and above the crown is a pusher at two o’clock. This pusher is just one of the neatest and coolest things about the watch since it lets the user instantaneously reset both moments hands. Therefore the idea here would be to wind the watch and let it run for a bit and then reset both seconds hands and allow them to run and reach resonance.Overall, the case is neatly finished and a small detail that some readers may not see is that there’s a little lip to the bezel at 6 o’clock. This is a layout trait of ancient Armin Strom watches where owners can opt to engrave their initials or whatnot on the watch. Owners of the Mirrored Force Resonance watch may choose to do the same if they wish or leave it as it is.The dial would be the best aspect of this watch because unlike F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance, whose motion can only be admired through a sapphire screen case back, the two resonating equilibrium wheels of this Mirrored Force Resonance watch are observable from the dial side. A quick glimpse of the watch is all you want to remind yourself that you are wearing something that’s very special on the wrist.
Turns out that all my secret attention just made things worse. I was hoping that after looking at the One Week Skeleton in private for long enough I would just get over it and consider it just another temporary watch infatuation. This time however I think the horological lust goes too deep. Set in a 43.40mm wide case produced from polished and brushed 18k rose gold, Armin Strom Cognac Watch Replica includes their customary “case tab” for the purpose of a signature. That’s right, they will put your initials right on the case to notate your ownership of their watch. How I want an “AA” on the One Week Skeleton so badly!
It fits nicely on the wrist without being too large or too small. Armin Strom completes the package with their typical use of a thick alligator hornback strap, here in brown to match the gold of the case. The tough demeanor of the case means that it wears larger than it is, but in good way given that this is a watch for your private and the public’s viewing pleasure.
The decorated dial is not without its animations. One of the most impressive is seen when winding the watch. The two skeletonized mainspring barrels turn when winding the crown, and the propeller-like designs have sections that cross over each other for each barrel that significantly adds to the animation. It may be true that the running seconds hand and power reserve indicator aren’t the most conspicuous things on the beautiful dial, but it matters little because the hour and minute hands couldn’t be more simple to see–they have applied lume as well.