Today we’re taking a quick look at the newly announced Edge Double Barrel from Armin Strom, a kick ass watch from one of our under-the-radar favorites. Intended as something of a statement piece, the Edge Double Barrel will be making its presence felt on the wrist in more ways than one and, Armin Strom hopes, help convey the brand’s growing sense of confidence in the unique aesthetic it has pioneered. Sounds like a tall order; read on to find out if the Edge Double Barrel is up to the challenge.
The Edge Double Barrel
It seems like big watches could be a thing this year (or maybe they have already been a ‘thing’ for a while now and I am just late to the party.) In any event, at 46.8mm the black PVD-coated stainless steel case of the Edge Double Barrel will rival even that of the 47mm Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante we profiled yesterday. To be honest I’m not sure how I feel about this just yet but will reserve my judgement until I can get my hands on with the watch later this week at Baselworld.
What I can say unreservedly however is that I love the design of this new piece. As you can see the dial has been all but completely cut out, which is almost a trademark aesthetic of Armin Strom. All that’s left is an outer flange with large Arabic numeral hour indicators and the 60-second register with power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. The bezel has also been enhanced with a series of subtle cut-outs, making the watch just that little bit more visually interesting.
Of particular note also on the dial side is the twin spider-shaped crown wheels, which you can watch turning as you wind the double-barrel Armin Strom calibre ARM16 movement. The double-barrel system means the watch can go for 8-days straight before needing to be wound again, whilst the regulating system – visible on the back of the movement – boasts a screwed balance with Breguet overcoil.
Overall I would describe the look of the Edge Double Barrel as somewhat futuristic with a real industrial feel. There’s almost a rawness to the clean design as if to say this is a machine made to work not to look pretty but then when you look closer you can see a huge amount of effort has been put into the finishing of the movement, even if it is not particularly elaborate.
Limited to 100 pieces the new Edge Double Barrel will be delivered with both a black alligator strap complete with a double-fold clasp in black PVD-coated stainless steel as well as an additional black rubber strap and will retail for CHF26,900 (approx. US$26,900).
Stay tuned for some further thoughts and live pictures from Baselworld later this week.