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Armin Strom Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Their Resonance Technology With New Zeitgeist Watch

Armin Strom Zeitgeist

It’s safe to say that Armin Strom know a thing or two about producing high end movements. Afterall, that was all the brand did until 2009 when it became a fully-fledged wristwatch manufacture in its own right. One of the most interesting movements they created since then was the Resonance, which we last saw included in a watch in 2019, the Masterpiece 2 Minute Repeater Resonance. Now, on the 5th anniversary of their first Resonance watch, they have announced the Armin Strom Zeitgeist, putting resonance technology front and centre.

Armin Strom Zeitgeist

What this watch really comes down to is that this is the first time Armin Strom have skeletonised their innovative Resonance Clutch Spring technology by cantilevering it. The result is that the double balance wheels, which oscillate together to create the resonance effect and boost accuracy, appear to float over a void. It makes for a striking display and is entirely the focus of this watch. To the extent that Armin Strom have changed the finish of the movement, which is called the ARF21_ZG, foregoing the dramatic Geneva waves of previous Resonances in favour of a much more subtle and technical finish that is less dominating.

Armin Strom Zeitgeist

In a similar vein, the off centre dial and subdials are skeletonised too, simply consisting of individual scale tracks and their respective hands. Hours and minutes for the main dial, seconds for the subdials at the bottom and up top – yes, it has two seconds displays à la the Mirrored Force Resonance Water. There are no flashy guilloché discs or bold colours to be found.

Armin Strom Zeitgeist

Armin Strom Zeitgeist

However, while the overall appearance is more industrial and technical than previous examples, don’t be deceived. The 43mm case is made from platinum and parts of the calibre are made from silver (along with steel and brass). So there’s precious metals and luxurious quality aplenty even if it’s the Zeitgeist isn’t as immediately eye catching. Also, that’s a good thing. I really like the new ‘less is more’ appearance of it because it straddles the line of what makes skeleton watches appealing without compromising on legibility too much.

Armin Strom Zeitgeist

Although it has to be said that Armin Strom aren’t an accessible watchmaker at the best of times – their new ‘entry-level’ Tribute 1 costs CHF 13,900 – and the Zeitgeist doesn’t help matters. It costs CHF 160,000. That’s CHF 100,000 more than the Mirrored Force Edition, but less than half the cost of the Minute Repeater, leaving it the middle ground of Armin Strom’s price range.

Price & Specs:

Model: Armin Strom Zeitgeist
Ref: PT21 ZG.50
Case/dial: 43mm diameter x 11.55mm height, platinum case, 18K white gold “vernis laqué poli” dial
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre A RF21 _ZG, manual winding, 39 jewels, 260 components
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 80h
Functions: Off-center hours and minutes, twin seconds fly-back counters
Strap: Black alligator leather
Price/availability: CHF 160,000 / €150,000 /  $170,000, unique piece

More details at Armin Strom.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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