Resonance. It’s a word we use in watchmaking that — for some — is difficult to understand. We have written a lot about independent Swiss watch brand Armin Strom — masters at resonance. On multiple occasions we have tried to explain what resonance is and how it is achieved in watchmaking. Now, Armin Strom has created the perfect video (yes, it is about 12 minutes) to explain the phenomenon. Claude Greisler, co-founder of the brand, meets with watch collector and professor of quantum physics at the University of Sydney, Michael J. Biercuk (also CEO and founder of Q-CTRL).
I had the privilege of meeting Biercuk during Dubai Watch Week last November, where we spent quite some time discussing quantum physics and watchmaking. Here, though, he really makes it easy to understand what resonance is — even stating that any object that oscillates is a resonant phenomenon. However, he further clarifies exactly what is so special about Armin Strom’s resonant watches.
Armin Strom has a patented Resonance Clutch Spring that increases precision and accuracy. That patent can be found in the brand’s Resonance watches, including the Minute Repeater Resonance and the Dual Time Resonance (part of the Masterpiece collection), as well as in the Mirrored Force Resonance and the Pure Resonance. I am a huge fan of these watches. Essentially, these watches not only house two balances, but — more importantly — feature a third spring — the Resonance Clutch Spring — that brings the two balances together and ensures they are beating at the same speed and length. If you really want to understand the phenomenon, check out the video below.