I was really surprised last year when Armin Strom announced their Mirrored Force Resonance watch. I always regarded them as a brand that makes some interesting watches, but they never actually made a strong impression on me before this watch came together, which also appears to be the most complicated model that Armin Strom now makes. Join us as we get up close with this beautifully impressive bit and let me tell you why this view is indeed special.The Mirrored Force Resonance watch is really unique because it joins a very small and elite group of watches that rely upon the principles of resonance to enhance timekeeping. For readers who aren’t knowledgeable about resonance, it refers to the phenomenon in which a vibration or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude. In watchmaking, it generally refers to the usage of two oscillators beating in close proximity to strengthen their beat rate. The notion is that if resonance takes place, the two oscillators will begin to beat in sync with one another and with increased stability. This, in turn, equates to greater precision and greater chronometric performance.This idea was first thrown around by highly renowned French watchmaker Antide Janvier and Breguet over two centuries past, and Breguet even made some watches based on this theory. The idea may seem simple, but in training, such watches are incredibly difficult to manufacture and regulate, which explains why very few modern producers and watchmakers even make them.
Armin Strom, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, DeWitt, Grönefeld, Hautlence, Kari Voutilainen, Laurent Ferrier, Ressence, Romain Gauthier, RJ-Romain Jerome, Speake-Marin and Urwerk now join the companies that actively support the Foundation.
“We are delighted to be able to count on the support of this new generation of creators, all representative of contemporary watchmaking,” declared Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. “Without its partners’ help, the FHH could never have lived up to its ambitions and so single-heartedly fulfilled its mission to promote the skills and values of Fine Watchmaking. These new partnerships reinforce the Foundation’s legitimate position and enable us to continue further in the directions we have taken over the past twelve years.”
Composed of the foremost names in traditional horology, artisan-creators and the vanguard of new watchmaking, the FHH’s partners illustrate every facet of this unique field. In all their diversity, they contribute to its history, sustain its expertise and instil creativity. These values are united within the FHH which, having “circled the dial” once, is more determined than ever to take the excellence of Fine Watchmaking into the world.