At Baselworld, Armin Strom Swiss Watch Replica and Wealth Solutions presented a limited edition of wristwatches with a drop of the oldest cognac ever sold at a public auction. Armin Strom has designed a special capsule for this antique liquor and a safe way of inserting it into the interior of a mechanical watch. Wealth Solutions, a company which is an art advisor and specialist in providing rare and unique spirits for collectors, has sacrificed one of its the most precious treasures – a bottle of Gautier Cognac from 1762.
The resonating balance wheels are part of Armin Strom’s new ARF15 movement, which is developed and manufactured in-house. Research and evolution took more than two and a half years and a large part of it went towards finding the best shape for your resonance clutch. It is a hand-wound movement consisting of 226 parts and has a power reserve of 48 hours delivered by two mainspring barrels, which are clearly observable via the sapphire display case back. The motion is neatly decorated with finishes such as perlage, circular graining, Côtes de Genève, mirror polishing, and cleanup to make a contemporary and technical look.There’s quite a lot to like about the newest Mirrored Force Resonance watch from Armin Strom. The most critical of all is that it’s among the few watches accessible that employs the principle of resonance in its own timekeeping, which makes it quite distinctive. This brings us to our second point, and that is despite the technical movement of the watch, it remains highly legible and functional, which to me is a sign of good layout and also a testament to the amount of work and thought that the staff at Armin Strom have placed to the watch.From a purely functional and functional point of view, I find it quite difficult to fault this watch. It even offers a zero-reset role to allow users to admire and see the consequences of resonance on the job. The sole question here is do you like how it looks? And that is a purely subjective matter. I think it looks fairly nice, the dialup, particularly, is mesmerizing to look at and quite legible. If I were to nitpick, then I will say there’s not much to see in the case back side of the watch and that the ending is a small cold. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance watch in 18k rose gold is limited to just 50 pieces and can be priced at 67,000 CHF.
And… the Cognac Watch was born. The mission to design and create the Cognac Watch was accepted by Claude Greisler, Armin Strom’s chief horologist. He devised a concept of a special sapphire crystal capsule and positioned it at 5 o’clock.
The 1762 bottle of Gautier Cognac was purchased by Wealth Solutions in 2014 during an auction of rare wines and liquors organized by Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers in NYC. The Gautier cognac bottle was, during the event, granted the title of the oldest cognac sold at a public auction to-date. It was opened in Poland on 4th November 2015 to mark the beginning the history between Wealth Solutions and Armin Strom.