One of my favorite timepieces from Swiss-based watchmaker, Armin Strom, is their Tourbillon Skeleton Air which comes in a matte gray titanium case, and normally includes a gray (shown below) or white alligator horn-back strap as well as an additional gray or white rubber strap. However, this particular piece is (shown above) with a brown horn-back alligator strap, which is a stunning combo. And which emphasizes how a simple strap change can significantly alter the appearance of the watch.

The Tourbillon Skeleton Air case measures a very wearable 43.4 mm x 13 mm, which is a good size for a wide variety of wrists. It is not a 38 mm dress watch for sure but it is also not a 48 mm Panerai. With a non-locking crown and 50-meter water resistance, it is not really a sports watch, nor is it a dress watch with the bold skeleton dial and aggressive appearance. The look is nice with a t-shirt, and while I normally prefer a smaller, dressier watch with a suit, the proportions are just at the cusp of where I think it still looks good with a suit as well. Any bigger, though, and I would not want to wear it with a suit as larger watches are difficult to fit under the cuff.

The manually wound tourbillon movement (caliber ATC11-S) features a full skeletonized mainplate with a gray PVD coating. Thanks to double barrels the power reserve lasts for a duration of 10-days. The balance oscillates at 2.5Hz or 18,000 vibrations per hour and the movement consists of 164 total components, 24 of which are jewels. The finishing includes ruthenium bridges with straight-grained surfaces and beveled edges, gray PVD coating on the mainplate, and hand-polished screws.

An off-center time display with steel hour and minute hands, and a sapphire dial ring with applied indexes, along with full views of the 60-second tourbillon (at 9 o’clock) and skeletonized components – gives this watch its distinctive face.

The retail is approximately $93,000. (Ref. TI15-TA.50)

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.