Armin Strom - Brand-New Manufacture Movement

Nov 27, 2009
Last month, CEO Serge Michel, movement designer Claude Greisler, and Armin Strom, a major specialist of skeletonization, made a big step, having propelled the company into the realms of watch manufactures offering their own in-house movements.

They established a new factory and provided it with the equipment, a young watchmaking firm needs to grow into an impressive manufacture. The lower floors of the factory are outfitted with ultra-modern machinery, purchased for producing every element of a timepiece movement, with the exception of jewels and springs.

The movement designer, Claude Greisler, came to Armin Strom from Christophe Claret. This highly-qualified specialist created an aesthetic, conventional and reliable movement. Besides, he managed to successfully combine his main activity with that of a production manager, enjoying the work with the new computer-controlled machinery, as well as technicians in charge of running it.

The grand master Armin Strom drives to the new factory four times a week in order to skeletonize by hand the movements, intended for the other models, produced by the company. This time, he is also involved in training two young watchmakers, who work in a neighboring room. Passing on his experience, Strom guarantees the existence of the brands most special component.

These young specialists also complete such works as engraving, perlage, and Cotes de Geneve pattern. The room next to theirs has a novel highly-advanced galvanic center, which was acquired for Armin Strom to adorn the movements with gold and rhodium finishing, being independent of suppliers. The final link in the production chain is placed in the last office on the ground floor: here young watchmakers, from Glashutte and Finland, carry out the entire assembly process of the movement.

The new in-house manufactured Caliber ARM09 is composed of 146 individual parts, embracing 34 gem-stones. As Watches.InfoNIAC.com found out, it uses no other movements as its base: all the elements are produced in Armin Stroms Biel factory. Constituting the exception are the springs, jewels and escapement. Sculptured in solid gold, these elements come from Precision Engineering in Schaffhausen.

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