In 2010, Armin Strom, following a transition in leadership, introduced the One Week timepiece, distinguished by an in-house developed and manufactured movement. Flaunting a seven-day power reserve and a dedication to symmetrical equilibrium in design, this inaugural watch laid the foundation for a lineage of subsequent Armin Strom creations, including the One Week Air and One Week Skeleton, also transcending the bounds of the initial One Week series. Fast-forwarding to the present juncture, Armin Strom is embarking on a renaissance of its original concept, unveiling an entirely novel design and construction poised to enshrine the One Week as a pivotal cornerstone within the brand’s illustrious collection. Meet the all-new Armin Strom One Week First Edition.
Serge Michel, the visionary partner since 2009 alongside Claude Greisler, explained the rationale behind this revival, elucidating a crystalline objective: creating a timepiece of versatile panache – a union of athleticism and sophistication, intricacy and legibility. The aspiration was to infuse it with immersive complexities, discernible even to the most astute collector. Simultaneously, preserving Armin Strom’s unique identity remained paramount, achieved through meticulous refinement and the strategic assimilation of design tenets intrinsic to the brand’s contemporary creations.
Unveiled in all its glory, the Armin Strom One Week First Edition debuts within a contemporary stainless steel casing, 41mm in diameter and a svelte 10.6mm in thickness. The meticulously crafted construction confers a water resistance of up to 100 meters while unmistakably embodying the essence of Armin Strom’s artistry. The anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal that tops the dial is also found on the caseback, eloquently showcasing the characteristic dial and movement design.
A conspicuous evolution within the brand’s narrative lies in the reimagined positioning of the hour and minute hands on the new One Week. In a departure from prior models, which often exhibited asymmetrical hand placement – either relegated to subdials or marginally off-centre – the One Week adopts a new interpretation. It boasts faceted hour and minute hands adorned with Super-LumiNova, meticulously centred on the open expanse of the dial. Nestled adjacent to these (at 9 o’clock), the compact small seconds black dial graces bearing the hallmark Armin Strom insignia graces the watch. Along the outer periphery of the open dial, a chapter ring embellished with Super-LumiNova-filled baton indices ensures impeccable timekeeping.
At its core, the manual-winding ARM21 calibre animates the watch’s heart, conferring a seven-day power reserve. Vibrating at 25,200 vibrations per hour, this movement hosts two visible mainspring barrels on the dial side. In harmonious concert, these barrels furnish a uniform energy supply to the gear train. Held by twin finger-style bridges, the barrels adopt a symmetrical residence on the right of the open dial. An intriguing departure appears at the 11 o’clock marker, where an unorthodox power reserve indicator emerges, utilizing a cone mechanism driven by a conical gear, all adorned with a mirror-polished finish.
Standing as a beacon of haute horlogerie hand-finishing, the One Week exemplifies the zenith of artisanal prowess. Executed by deft hands, this watch exhibits surfaces graced by straight and circular graining, polished bevels, Geneva stripes adorning the plates, and carefully burnished screws and sinks. In harmonious concordance, the new Armin Strom One Week First Edition is accompanied by an integrated steel bracelet comprising satin-brushed and polished “H”-shaped links, collectively contributing to an ergonomic symphony.
This inaugural release, the First Edition, is a testament to exclusivity, limited to 25 exemplars. Discerning collectors are rewarded with an extended 10-year warranty, a generous augmentation over Armin Strom’s customary 5-year coverage. A distinctive feature sets this first edition apart – the mainplate and bridges, resplendent in a light blue PVD colouring – a unique marker of distinction amidst forthcoming iterations. The price is set at CHF 32,000 / EUR 37,000 / USD 34,000.
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