Armin Strom have just launched the new limited edition Tribute 1, a contemporary dress watch that joins the Lady Beat and Gravity Equal Force in their System 78 collection as an ‘entry level’ timepiece. Compared with the other collection families such as the Resonance, the System 78 is more horologically pared back, and so it is with this time-only piece.
In keeping with the traditions of dress watches this is, by modern standards, not a large watch, but at 38mm (thickness of 9mm) and in stainless steel, it is very much within many people’s (and I include myself in that) ‘sweet zone’ for dress watches size-wise. You will notice that, unusually for Armin Strom, the crown is at 2 o’clock. Water resistance is 50m.
The off-set dial is black gold and the hands are hand-finished stainless steel. There is scant information in the official documentation so far about how the texture of the dial has been achieved, but the official movement photos with a ‘scratched’ decoration remind me of a recent post about Sinn’s “grinding dial”.
As a nod to the history of dress watches, the movement is manually-wound. The in-house Calibre AMW21 has an extended barrel allows the timepiece to have an impressive 100 hours of power reserve. The AMW21 beats at 25,200VPH. Finishing is an important part of this new model – Côtes de Genève, a circular grained mainplate, hand-beveled balance cock and escape wheel, and the gear train bridge is beveled with 60 degree polishing. Hand polishing the dial side of each white gold barrel bridge takes over twelve hours.
The Tribute 1 comes on a gray Alcantara calf leather strap with a stainless steel double folding deployant buckle. This limited edition of 25 pieces and priced at CHF 13,900 and comes with an unusually long ten year warranty.
[Photo credit: Armin Strom]