If there was only one thing to remind about Armin Strom, it would be their ability to create extremely nice skeletonized movements. All the watches of the collection show, at least, open-worked parts or totally opened movements, with a superb level of finissage. Recently, the brand introduced to us a more modern and cleaner vision of this skeletonization work, with the Skeleton Pure, also edited in white gold recently. The brand plays again with this concept and adds to these very cool opened bridges a one-minute tourbillon. Here is the Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton.
Basically, the Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton uses the same overall concept as the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure, especially in its Fire Edition, combining rose gold for the case and the hands, with a robust brown strap and a movement coated in dark grey. The 43.4mm case remains unchanged, with its special signature-lip at 6 (that can be used to engrave a motif of your choice). Overall, there’s not much difference between this edition and the Skeleton Pure Fire, as even the base of the movement remains the same. One thing changes however, the entire regulating organ.
As in dictated in its name, the Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton features this fascinating looking regulating organ called tourbillon, where the balance wheel and the escapement are placed in a rotating cage that makes a turn in 60 seconds, to counteract the effect of gravity. On the Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton, it is combined with a directly driven small second, placed just on top of the axis of the tourbillon. The rest of the movement is known, with its 2 large barrels providing 10 days of power reserve and the superb opened bridges, with modern shapes and haute-horloigerie finish (straight graining on the flat surfaces and highly polished bevelled bridges with internal angles done by hand). The bridges of this movement are coated in dark grey PVD while the wheels are gilded.
Like all the Armin Strom watches, the Tourbillon Skeleton features the slightly off-centred display of the hours and minutes, another signature of the brand. The hands are placed a bit on the left side of the dial and time can be read via sapphire crystal flange. Once again, the view through the dial is impressive.
Price is not yet defined but expect around 130,000 Euros. More details on www.arminstrom.com.