Defying Gravity

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Max Chilton of the Marussia F1 Team shares his thoughts with Armin Strom owner, Serge Michel

When it comes to timing and precision, trust the man who has been through countless hours of intensive workout in a Formula One car, which some regard as having been designed to defy the laws of physics.

Armin Strom’s watches work towards a similar philosophy, and the Racing Gravity sets the pulse racing with a self-winding in-house calibre AMR12-MR that boasts a five-day power reserve. Housed in a 43mm stainless steel PVD black and titanium case, it is the perfect companion for Max Chilton of the Marussia F1 Team. He shares his opinions on this limited edition masterpiece.

Serge Michel (SM): Watch collectors are often obsessed with cars and racing, but you’re a Formula One driver with a true passion for watches. Why is this?

Max Chilton (MC): I think they are similar in so many ways as the detailed mechanical engineering and aerodynamic design needed to create a Formula 1 car correlates closely to the microscopic detail needed in producing the internal workings of Armin Strom timepieces.

SM: Is there anything in particular about Armin Strom’s designs that you like?

MC: The skeletonised design interests me the most, with the wearer being able to see the movement. When I wear my Armin Strom, I’m totally engaged with the mechanics of the watch and how the components work together like a small performance. It really is beautiful to look at.

SM: As a Formula One driver, your work requires strategy, precision and timing. When you’re wearing the Armin Strom Racing Gravity, how aware are you of the watch’s mechanical prowess?

MC: Very aware. Drivers learn from a young age that while a skilful racer makes maneuvering a course look easy, it also takes unflinching focus and razor quick reactions. It requires mastery and precision, just as it does when creating the Racing Gravity. How the rotor automatically stores enough energy for a five-day power reserve and is able to measure time with such accuracy is really impressive.

SM: What about the design?

MC: The look of the Racing Collection really captures the mystique of racing. The plate and bridges have a rugged feel and their decorations reflect that of an F1 engine in some places. Plus, the bridges on both models are made from authentic F1 material from a Marussia F1 Team race car. This means, I have a piece of that car forever. It’s taking the synthesis to the furthest degree...

[Armin Strom's Racing Gravity is featured in issue 29 of TopGear Singapore. For more details, contact E’Collezione, +65 6737 3820]

Gerald Yuen
Author: Gerald Yuen
Gerald is a writer for TopGear Singapore. The die-hard fan of stick-shifts like to indulge in fun, rather than fast cars. He can be seen sifting through classifieds for old school pocket rockets on his off day.