Armin Strom offers a unique flavor of independent watch making with contemporary designs and in-house made movements. Several years ago they debuted their first in-house made movement and have since built upon it. Before that time the movements they used, while not strictly made in-house, were often highly customized with skeletonization work or modules that added functionality.
Armin Strom has set a stride over the last few years with a core theme that seems to work for them. I use the term “contemporary” to describe their timepieces because while they are modern, they aren’t futuristic, nor are they at all retro in their execution. I personally find it refreshing to find companies able to make watches that in my opinion very much fit in with “today” as opposed to the past or future. Speaking of today, right now I’d like to check out the Armin Strom Mens Watches Replica Gravity Fire ref. RG12-GF.90 watch.
The Gravity collection is a family of watches that are each part of a limited edition. The various Gravity collection watches are named for each of the four elements – and this piece being the Fire. Why not just call the collection “Elements?” Well that would make sense but Armin Strom Watches Ebay Replica has done that before, and the “Gravity” name refers to the operation of the automatic rotor. This isn’t the first time a collection has models that each bear the name of an element. The idea is pretty simple though: Armin Strom chooses a movement and theme, and then produces four versions that offer various color and case material options.
Again, the Gumball 3000 script emblem serves as the background to the running moments sub-dial at 9 o’clock, but it appears much less in your face on this model. This is a result of the bi-chromatic colour strategy that drops out the reddish quarter mark and seconds hand in the first watch. We’re left, rather, using a black and white affair that evades scrutiny much more efficiently. The opinion isalso my opinion, better looking for the change, but it will call into question this model’s success as an advert for the partnership involving Armin Strom and the Rally.The script logo does look again on the reverse, dominating the left hand side of this movement, which is observable through a sapphire case back. All the crystals in this collection (both the front and rear) are sapphire and handled using anti-reflective coating. In addition to the large logo engraving on the flip-side, the ARM12-GB calibre displays the balance wheel in the exact same fashion as its kid brother. Hopefully, that feature will placate those who find the Gumball engraving somewhat too crass to stomach.All three watches function in 18,000vph. It’s a slow operating speed, meaning that the watches would take more time to regain their timekeeping ability following a jolt, but the true benefit is the visual impact of a slow-swinging equilibrium — and an elongated power reserve. When the balance wheel is indeed attractive, it’s nice to introduce it to the wearer in a digestible way. And of those three, the one which offers the most in the manner of visual delight, is that the third and last watch of the Armin Strom Gumball 3000 Collection.The Armin Strom Tourbillon Gumball 3000 in 18ct rose gold will be your daddy of the range. In the front, it’s the least clearly associated with the Gumball 3000 Rally, with nothing but a gilded engraving around the border of the 9 o’clock sub-dial in the Armin Strom font. In this instance, however, the sub-dial features more than simply the going moments hand — here we can see a beautifully executed tourbillon cage, rotating for all the world to see.
For example, the Armin Strom Gravity Air has a titanium case, the Water, a steel case; the Earth, a PVD black steel case; and the Fire has an 18k rose gold case. At just over 43mm wide and 13mm thick, the case is hefty but not massive. The case has a fresh but simple look to it that frames the dial properly. People often ask about the “lip” on the lower part of the case. What they are looking at is actually a space intended for a unique engraving. Armin Strom recommends that buyers opt to have their initials placed there. It isn’t that they are trying to prevent resale, but rather they feel that it is part of their particular buying experience, just like getting a shirt with your initials embroidered into the sleeves.