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Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

Marina Milojević | 11.07.16 | 09:12 PM

Last weekend, at London’s SalonQP, which took place November 3-5, 2016, Armin Strom premiered its latest creation, the Mirrored Force Resonance timepiece. The watch is a resonating dual regulator developed for maximum precision, and designed in such a way to reveal its complete mechanism is on dial-side display. So far, this is the most complicated timepiece ever produced by Armin Strom, even though the concept of synchronized motion isn’t new to horology.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

Resonance is a phenomenon in which two oscillating bodies in close proximity influence each other until they eventually synchronize. The concept of resonance in mechanical watches originates from the 17th century, since the time of the famous clockmaker Christiaan Huygens, who is remembered as the inventor of the pendulum clock. He was the first to discover the resonance of two separate pendulum clocks – When hung from a common beam, the pendulums of the adjacent clocks synchronized as the common wooden beam coupled the vibrations and created resonance.  In other words, if you place two balance wheels of a mechanical wristwatch close to each other, that they almost touch, they will eventually start to operate at the same frequency.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

In the eighteenth century, Abraham-Louis Breguet demonstrated his mastery of the phenomenon with his double pendulum resonance clock, while the F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance exemplifies a modern usage of the resonance principle in watchmaking. Please note that watches equipped with two balance wheels do not necessarily mean a resonance movement. Resonance occurs only when the balances are placed so close that the rate of the one affects the other one.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

A resonating dual regulator in a wristwatch greatly improves its accuracy and conservation of energy, and is designed to help keep a watch accurate over longer periods of time. Synchronized, stabilized rates, mean less errors over time, and thus the greater accuracy over time. Since two balance wheels mutually influence each other, the effect of resonance also makes the movement more resistant to errors created by shocks.

 

The Mirrored Force Resonance just before setting the hands #salonqp2016 #watchnerd #watchmaking #rosegold #wristwatch

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Armin Strom’s new Mirrored Force Resonance is powered by the resonant Caliber ARF15, which is a classic, manually-wound in-house movement that beats at a frequency of 3.5 Hertz (25,200 vph). Two sets of oscillators, each comprising twin balance wheels and balance springs, visible from the dial-side, are joined by the resonance clutch spring, which is Armin Strom’s technical innovation. Thus connected oscillators rotate in opposite directions, and it takes about 10 minutes before the balance wheels synchronize.

Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

The Mirrored Force Resonance timepiece features only one off-centered time indicator, but it has two separate displays for seconds. The reason for this is to prove that balance wheels are actually synchronized. A small pusher located on the side of the case, at 2 o’clock position, serves to zero-reset two subsidiary seconds hands, simultaneously resetting the twin balance wheels. In case of any outside shock, it takes only a few minutes for the two balances to find their resonant rhythm once again.

 

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The Mirrored Force Resonance by Armin Strom is crafted from 18-karat rose gold, 43.4mm wide and 13mm thick. The watch provides 48 hours of power reserve, and 50 meters of water resistance. Delivered with a genuine brown alligator horn-back strap and 18kt rose gold ardillon buckle as well as an additional brown rubber strap. This initial model, reference RG15-RF.5N, is available in a strictly limited edition comprising only 50 pieces. The watch is priced at 67,000 CHF. For more information, please visit arminstrom.com.

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