Armin Strom Tribute 1 Black
Armin Strom has redesigned the dress watch with a cutting edge design that fuses traditional watchmaking with transparent mechanics to celebrate the passage of time.
The Tribute 1 collection showcases the brand’s unique, post-modern interpretation of the classic dress watch while emphasising the pivotal role of the in-house calibre within. Watch aficionados who missed the opportunity to acquire the Tribute 1 First Edition in grey with an 18k white gold barrel bridge now have the chance to add one of the new models to their collection. Available with a black or blue dial, each model is limited to 100 pieces worldwide.
From a distance, the Tribute 1 may appear to be a classic, manually-wound watch because of its exquisitely proportioned 38 mm, stainless steel case with an enticingly slender profile. But, upon closer inspection, the innovation of Master Watchmaker Claude Greisler becomes apparent proving yet again his genius when it comes to creating time with a twist. By utilising a highly efficient motor barrel, whose arbour turns around the mainspring, the in-house Calibre AMW21 delivers an impressive 100-hour power reserve making it not only an efficient mechanism but also a powerful and reliable timekeeper.
Like every Armin Strom watch, the Tribute 1 is a study in three dimensions. It starts with an understated off-centre dial displaying hours, minutes and seconds. The smooth finish is contrasted against an adjacent plate whose silky, grenage finish subtly transitions the hue of the dial from one shade to another as the light changes. The distinctive face is finished off with a refined barrel bridge, a feature that has become a hallmark in Armin Strom’s exclusive timepieces, to remind its wearer of the importance of technology in contemporary horology. The Tribute 1’s crown is located at 2 o’clock, to enhance wearer comfort and aesthetics.
Exceptional hand finishing
Each piece in the collection is characterised by Armin Strom’s commitment to exceptional hand-finishing and attention to movement detail. Claude Geisler says, “I’m obsessed with every detail of this watch, particularly when it comes to finishing. For example, the barrel, visible on the dial side of the timepiece, is meticulously hand-decorated, which is extremely time-consuming. We also manufacture, polish and decorate the hands in-house, which is painstaking but ensures the quality while keeping the price reasonable.”
“There has to be a reason”
Armin Strom’s co-founders Claude Geisler and Serge Michel and their team operate on a principle summarised by Geisler: “There has to be a reason for a new watch to be there.” On the surface, the statement is simple but behind it, there is a philosophy: the brand consistently fuses the values of classic watchmaking – often taking inspiration from vintage pocket watches – with modern movement innovation.” Each Armin Strom watch earns its “reason to be there” by contributing something new and meaningful to the watchmaking canon.
The Tribute 1 – Hand wound, hand-finished, hand-crafted and hand-decorated
These hand-wound watches feature extensive hand finishing, hand craftsmanship and hand decoration. The legend “1 of 100” is engraved on the case back in confirmation of the edition size and the movement can be viewed via the generous sapphire crystal, exhibition case back. The manufactory calibre places the Tribute series within Armin Strom’s System 78 collection which is defined by fine watchmaking, impeccable hand-finishing and a number of innovative horological ‘firsts’ while maintaining an accessible price point. Furthermore, the collection embodies the watchmaking sensibilities of Claude Greisler and Serge Michel, co-founders of the revitalized Manufacture Armin Strom, who were both born in 1978.
The elegant matt black palette of this piece makes a sophisticated statement that will stand the test of time and outlive passing trends as well as withstand the passage of time. It delivers a perfect balance of modern watchmaking, skilled and detailed craftsmanship and elegant design. This is a timepiece that will evolve with you.
Indications: Hours, minutes, seconds
Movement: Armin Strom manufacture Caliber AMW21
Regulating system: Flat hairspring with a variable inertia balance wheel
Barrel bridge in brass
Power reserve: 100 hours
Dimensions: 33.5 mm x 4.2mm
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (25,200 vph)
Finishing: Hand-finishing to the highest quality level
Number of components: 135
Case: Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 9 mm
Between lugs (lug to lug): 18mm
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial: Offset black
Hands: Manufactured by Armin Strom – stainless steel with hand finishing
Strap: Black alligator leather strap and double folding clasp in stainless steel
NB: Small parts and movement components may vary depending upon construction parameters.