I was really surprised last year when Armin Strom Men's Replica announced their Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch. I always regarded them as a brand that makes some interesting replica watches, but they never really made a strong impression on me until this replica watch came along, which also happens to be the most complicated model that Armin Strom now makes. Join us as we get up close with this wonderfully impressive piece and let me tell you why this replica watch is so special. Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch Hands-On Hands-On
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The Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch is so special because it joins a small and elite group of replica watches that rely on the principles of resonance to improve timekeeping. For readers who are not familiar with resonance, it refers to the phenomenon in which a vibration or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude. In replica watchmaking, it typically refers to the use of two oscillators beating in close proximity to strengthen their beat rate. The idea is that if resonance takes place, the two oscillators will begin to beat in sync with each other and with greater stability. This, in turn, translates to higher precision and better chronometric performance.
This idea was first thrown around by highly renowned French replica watchmaker Antide Janvier and Breguet over two centuries ago, and Breguet even made some replica watches based on this principle. The idea may sound simple, but in practice, such replica watches are incredibly difficult to manufacture and regulate, which explains why very few modern manufacturers and replica watchmakers even make them. Apart from the Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch from Armin Strom, only two other resonance replica watches come to mind; F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance replica watch and Beat Haldimann’s H2 Flying Resonance. The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch, therefore, joins a very exclusive club of replica watches.
The Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch that we got to the handle was the very first one that comes in 18k rose gold, and it is also known as the “Fire” version (Fire is the term Armin Strom gives to its rose gold replica watches). In May earlier this year, Armin Strom followed up with a more affordable steel variant called the Mirrored Force Resonance Water (a pretty cool name for a steel variant). The Mirrored Force Resonance’s 18k rose gold case is 43.4mm in diameter and 13mm thick. The lugs, which curve very slightly downwards, are prominent and beefy. The bezel is quite expansive too. Together, they make the Mirrored Force Resonance replica watch seem quite big. On the wrist, the replica watch certainly has a lot of presence, plus the animated dial draws a lot of attention, but more on the dial later.