Armin Strom Manual Bahrain Pearl: When The World Is Your Oyster
by Ian Skellern
In fact, it is a pearl in not one but in eight ways: each of the eight timepieces in this edition visually highlight what a transformative effect the shimmering semiprecious objects have had on this island country in the Persian Gulf.
For more than 4,000 years Bahrain supplied 80 percent of the world’s pearl market. Traditional divers worked without any specialized underwater equipment, lowered into the water holding a weighted rope and holding their breath as they collected oysters in the Gulf.
In the 1930s, Japanese scientists mastered the art of making cultured pearls, which lowered the prices of the mollusk-made objects so much it effectively closed Bahrain’s pearly industry. Today, however, Bahrain is once again known for the superb quality of its natural pearls.
And the Armin Strom Manual Bahrain Pearl encapsulates one of these aquatic jewels within its movement.
Based on the Armin Strom Manual, this beautiful Pearl edition features a manufacture movement offering an impressive five-day power reserve from the single spring barrel visible at 1 o’clock, a skeletonized small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, and in pride of place at 5 o’clock through the open dial a pearl certified by the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones.
Eastern Arabic numerals marking the hours reinforce the history of the Bahrain pearl.
Completing the theme on the back of the watch is an engraving of an Arabian dhow and the Bahraini national flag (the owner can specify flag and country, though).
For more information, please visit www.arminstrom.com/en/collection/model/7manual.
Quick Facts Armin Strom Manual Bahrain Pearl
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds
Case: stainless steel, 43.4 x 13 mm
Dial: Eastern Arabic hour indices and Bahraini pearl (0.5-0.7 ct), certified by Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones
Movement: manual winding Armin Strom manufacture caliber AMW11, 5-day power reserve
Price: $14,900/BHD 5,400
Limitation: 8 pieces, available exclusivity at Projekt8 in Manama, Bahrain
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