Again, the Gumball 3000 script logo acts as the backdrop to the running seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, but it appears much less in mind on this version. This is a result of the bi-chromatic colour scheme that drops out the reddish quarter mark and seconds hand from the very first watch. We are left, rather, with a black and white affair which evades scrutiny much more effectively. The watch isalso my opinion, better searching for the shift, but it does call into question that this model’s achievement as an ad for the partnership involving Armin Strom and the Rally.The script emblem does look again on the opposite, dominating the left hand side of the movement, which is visible via a sapphire case back. Each of the crystals in this collection (both front and rear) are sapphire and handled with anti-reflective coating. As well as the massive logo engraving on the flip-side, the ARM12-GB calibre shows the balance wheel in precisely the same fashion as its kid brother. Hopefully, that feature will placate those who locate that the Gumball engraving somewhat too crass to stomach.All three watches function in 18,000vph. It is a slow working speed, meaning that the watches would take more time to recover their timekeeping capability after a jolt, but the real advantage is that the visual effect of a slow-swinging balance — and an elongated power reserve. When the balance wheel is so attractive, it’s wonderful to present it to the wearer in a digestible manner. And of the three, the one which offers the most in the manner of visual pleasure, is the third and last watch of the Armin Strom Gumball 3000 Collection.The Armin Strom Tourbillon Gumball 3000 in 18ct rose gold is your daddy of this range. Sporting the hand-wound, double-barrelled, 10-day power reserve ATC11-GB tourbillon movement, this watch means company. From the front, it’s the least clearly related to the Gumball 3000 Rally, with only a gilded engraving around the edge of the 9 o’clock sub-dial from the Armin Strom font. In this example, though, the sub-dial features more than just the going moments hand — here we can observe a superbly executed tourbillon cage, rotating for all the world to see.
” I love a heavier and larger watch on my wrist that still has a sporty feel to it,” says Chilton. “The Edge offers this in a way I haven’t seen before, and I feel very lucky to have one designed and turned into a limited run of eight. “
The Max Chilton Edition Edge Double Barrel commemorates his competition in the North American Verizon IndyCar Series this year and integrates a several details from Chilton’s turbocharged Chevrolet racecar.
On the dial side, Chilton’s numeral 8 appears in the small seconds register and striking blue hour numbers match the blue on his car. A special plate on the back is etched with Chilton’s “Max” logo and notes this special series is limited to just eight timepieces.
Along with the Chilton design additions, the manual-winding ARM16 caliber features the timepiece’s unusual geometric and angular components. Beating at 18,000 A/h, it offers a generous 8-day power reserve and the hour, minute, small second and power reserve indicator functions.
Cross-grinding decoration of the hand-beveled bridges intensifies the watch’s industrial feel. The bezel is enhanced with a series of cutouts. The larger 46.80mm case, made of stainless steel and black PVD, provides more depth and dimensionality to the movement, with the time indications positioned slightly off-center, an Armin Strom.
The timepiece is delivred with a black alligator strap and double-fold clasp in stainless steel PVD black as well as an additional black rubber strap.