Friday, February 12, 2016

ARMIN STROM Cognac Watch

To commemorate its new partnership with Wealth Solutions in Poland, Armin Strom created a highly unusual wristwatch. The movement of the mechanical timepiece features a small capsule containing a 1762 Gautier Cognac, which was owned by Wealth Solutions.
Armin Strom chief horologist Claude Greisler devised a concept that protects the movement while incorporating the rare spirit. A sealed sapphire crystal disc positioned at 5 o'clock captures the rare Cognac. Manual wind with a five-day power reserve, the watch will be produced in stainless steel, 18k rose gold and titanium cases. On the backside, a hand engraved design of a bunch of grapes decorates the base plate.
Founded in 2007, Wealth Solutions curates and sells exceptional products, such as art, fine wine and spirits, and watches, to Polish collectors and other clients. In April 2014 Wealth Solutions purchased the oldest authenticated bottle of Cognac- a 1762 Gaultier Cognac bottled in 1840—ever sold at a public auction.
In a ceremony on November 4, 2015, announcing Wealth Solutions as the new Armin Strom distributor in Poland, the rare bottle was opened, decanted and sealed in flacons. Armin Strom designed a disc capsule of sapphire crystal that is sealed to contain drops of the prized Cognac.
The manual-wind Cognac Watch, with the capsule at 5 o'clock and the hand engraving on the base plate, exemplifies Armin Strom's philosophy of innovation while maintaining the traditions of Swiss watchmaking.

Technical details
Model: ST15-MW.05 MANUAL COGNAC

Movement
Manufacture movement ARMIN STROM AMW11 calibre
Manual winding, 5-days power reserve, small seconds, off-centre time indications
Distinctions: sealed sapphire crystal disk captures 1762 cognac, hand-engraved bunch of grapes on base plate
Frequency: 18,000 A/h
Jewels: 20
Number of components: 117
Impulse:   Single going barrel
Plates and bridges:  Hand-engraved bunch of grapes on base plate
Escapement:
Escape wheel and pallets made of solid gold with hardened functional areas
Regulating system:  Screwed balance with Breguet overcoil
Diameter:  36.60mm
Height:  6.00mm
Power reserve:   5 days

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds

Case 
Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 43.40mm
Height: 13.00mm
Water-resistance: 50m

Dial ring 
White with founded appliqués

Hands
Mirror polished

Straps 
Delivered with a genuine dark blue alligator horn-back strap and stainless steel ardillon buckle as well as an additional dark blue rubber strap
A double-fold clasp in stainless steel is available on option

Edition 
Limited to 40 pieces

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