Armin Strom – Armin Strom races to the win with Max Chilton Replica At Lowest Price

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Armin Strom is no stranger to the world of fast cars and precision racing.  The Swiss independent brand actually used parts from F1 cars in its Racing Collection of watches.  So, when the brand announced its partnership with racecar driver Max Chilton in his IndyCar endeavors – it didn’t shock anyone.  However, the newest timepiece made in honor of that relationship – the Max Chilton Edge Double Barrel Limited Edition watch – just might take you by surprise.

“We already had a good relationship with Max from our F1 Team Marussia days,” explains Claude Greisler, Director of Armin Strom. “So when he announced he was joining IndyCar this year, we were right on board. Then, when we decided to make a watch to honor that, it was just a question of which collection we should do it with.”

The consensus, it seems, was to use the newly released (at Baselworld 2016) Edge Double Barrel series. With its bold look, geometric angles and notched bezel, the watch seemed perfect for customizing.

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The consensus, it seems, was to use the newly released (at Baselworld 2016) Edge Double Barrel series. With its bold look, geometric angles and notched bezel, the watch seemed perfect for customizing.

Max Chilton, an avid watch lover, was happy to roll up his sleeves and go to work with Armin Strom on a design that underscores his racing roots.  Driving this year in IndyCar with Gallagher/Chip Ganassi Team, Chilton opted to incorporate the car number, 8, and team color, blue, into the watch.

Crafted in black PVD steel, the 46.8mm Edge Double Barrel Max Chilton watch incorporates the IndyCar number 8 on the power-reserve indicator subdial, which is also the sub-seconds dial.  The 8 is further enhanced with a decorative motif of the Union Jack flag—recalling Chilton’s British heritage.  The numerals on the watch are in racing blue and the stitching on the black alligator strap is in shimmering silver to emulate the sleek car.

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Powered by the 194-part ARM 16 manual-wind, in-house-made movement, the timepiece is equipped with double barrels that offer eight days of power reserve. The barrels are visible through the sapphire caseback – where one also can view the “Max” logo plate. Additionally, the watch is hand-finished with a non-traditional cross-grinding motif that gives it a rough, metallic appeal.  It is also sold with a second strap in black rubber – again a nod to auto racing.  Just eight pieces will be made (with the No. 1 piece belonging to Max Chilton). It retails for    26,900 Swiss Francs.

“The synergies between auto racing and watchmaking are inherent,” explains Sebastian Marten, head of marketing for Armin Strom. “Both are about precision, passion and success. Also, our team at Armin Strom, 23 people, all work together to create the best possible product. The same is true of Chilton and his team. It is the perfect fit.”

It is manually wound, beats at 2.5Hz (18,000bph), and supplies a considerable power reserve of eight days. The most satisfying element of this movement will end from manually winding it while watching the dual barrel system and inner workings from the dial side. It’s a motion the brand is proud of, and also this layout really helps to reveal it off.While that the Armin Strom Edge Double Barrel watch might be viewed as somewhat of a polarizing layout for some watch fans, it gives a ton of value for collectors interested in sci-fi industrial design and high-end Swiss watchmaking. It matches traditional watchmaking with contemporary design elements and results in a unique, high quality experience for the wearer. Collaborations between luxury watch brands and world-renowned sporting events are not anything new, but the products these unions sire are always worth examining. It is pretty tough to guess how a brand, especially those famous for serious haute horlogerie, will tackle the task of fusing their ideology with that of the other establishment. 2015 sees the launch of a trio of Armin Strom Gumball 3000 special edition watches, designed to celebrate the mythical Gumball 3000 Rally.
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