Swiss independent watchmaker Armin Strom has revealed the newest version of their iconic innovation, the Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Blue. The original Mirrored Force Resonance, launched in 2016, was upgraded in 2022, resulting in a more refined movement with intricate details, all while featuring a more compact case. The latest Edition Blue features a sleek steel case and a contemporary blue dial that complements its modern aesthetic.
Resonance is a phenomenon that occurs when two oscillators with the same natural frequency vibrate in synchronization, resulting in improved rate stability. It is achieved through the back and forth transfer of energy between the oscillators, leading them to beat at the same rate. This effect was first observed in two pendulum clocks by Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens in the 17th century, and has been attempted by several esteemed watchmakers throughout history, including Abraham-Louis Breguet and François-Paul Journe, the first person to miniaturize the technology in a wristwatch.
Armin Strom achieved this with a Resonance Clutch Spring that provides direct linkage between the two balance springs, allowing energy to transfer quickly and directly between the two balance wheels, resulting in increased stability and accuracy. This is an improvement over previous methods that transferred energy between balance wheels through main plates and bridges, which involved more variables and were less direct. The Resonance Clutch Spring invention is the reason why Armin Strom’s Resonance achieves synchronization of beats within minutes.
Notably, the resonance’s effectiveness can be seen in the difference between the two second hands, which can be reset together using a pusher at two o’clock for better readability.
The second generation of the Mirrored Force Resonance continues to excel with its excellent technology and now boasts an aesthetic upgrade. The case has been slimmed down from 13mm to 11.55mm, while the movement has been more thoughtfully constructed, with more bridges added to showcase the mechanics and traditional finishing, including interior angles, a detail achieved through manual decoration.
In addition to the new case, the latest Manufacture Edition Blue boasts a modern blue dial that complements the movement’s complexity and provides contrast to the silver-toned movement parts. While not a groundbreaking feature, the blue dial adds a contemporary touch to the watch’s technical and modern look.
While the latest update to the Mirrored Force Resonance is primarily a new blue color option, it still offers a fresh alternative for those interested in the brand’s innovative resonance technology, which sets a new standard for resonance wristwatches. For collectors who value the dynamic nature of watches, the Resonance Clutch Spring is an intriguing feature to behold when in action.
However, it’s not just the color that sets this watch apart. This second generation Resonance timepiece is perhaps the best to date, featuring the impressive Resonance Clutch Spring and additional classic watchmaking details. For example, the watch features a grand-sonnerie style winding click that was not present in the first edition, along with improved finishing. These elements are sure to appeal to connoisseurs and enhance the overall experience of owning the watch.
Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Manufacture Edition Blue
Movement: ARF21; hand wind; 48 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Case: 43 x 11.55 mm; steel; water resistant to 30 m
Strap: Blue Alcantara strap with folding clasp
Price: USD 63,000
Availability: Limited edition of 50 pieces