The Corum “Bubble Watch” is Revived

Corum Bubble Watch original - Perpetuelle

The brainchild of the late Severin Wunderman, the Corum Bubble was first introduced in the year 2000 — an oversized watch (44mm) with an a towering bubble-like sapphire crystal that uniquely distorted the dial.   It was an unorthodox, though well-received design at the time, but the line eventually lost its luster and was discontinued.   The Bubble “Casino”, with a roulette table-motif complete with ball-tipped seconds hand, is a design I recall fondly.  Of course stock market “dot-com Bubble” also came in 2000, making the timing of the Bubble watch interesting in this regard.

Now, exactly 15 years later, the Bubble looks to make a triumphant return in three new designs.

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♥ New Patek Philippe Ref 5905P Annual Calendar Chronographs (Platinum)

  Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P duo - Perpetuelle

With its new Ref. 5905P Annual Calendar Chronograph, Patek Philippe brings a reference to replace the 5960 precious metal references.  The 5905 begins with a meanignfully upsized case (42mm vs. 40.5mm), still gracefully rounded with gently curved lugs — crafted of platinum.  The dial — available in navy blue and black versions — reflects the design of the Ref. 5205 Annual Calendar launched in 2010 but with new colors and other details including now being a 60 minute chrono rather than 12 hour.   All in all, I think it is much improved as the changes enable the subdial to be simpler and thus easier to read.  to I’ll break it all down, below.

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Impressive: Two New Chopard L.U.C Quattro Models for 2015

Chopard LUC Quattro platinum and rose gold - Perpetuelle

Seen here are two new versions of Chopard’s L.U.C Quattro.  The watches — in either 43mm platinum or rose gold case — are a real delight on the eyes.  These are worthy and impressive looking additions to the Quattro family, with these new references receiving a nice dose of color which is further enhanced with the sunburst finish.  In other words, these models bring some much welcome zest as compared to prior iterations of the Quattro.    They carry on the Manufacture’s superlative the L.U.C 98.01-L movement which first launched in 2005; it four-barrels which provide 9-days of power reserve (see Did You Know below for more on the 98.01-L).  Bonus points to anyone who can explain how to read the combined date + small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock (I’ll explain below).

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The Breguet 7077, with Independent Blade Spring Powered Chronograph and More (Video)

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Breguet Tradition Chronographe Indépendant 7077 - Perpetuelle

Breguet’s “La Tradition” (Tradition) collection celebrates its tenth anniversary this year — I’ve already shared two of the three new additions to the line unveiled this year at Baselworld, including the Tradition 7097 Retrograde Seconds and the Tradition 7087 Minute Repeater Tourbillon.  Today we look at my favorite, the Tradition 7077 Chronographe Indépendant 7077.   Within its 44-mm white gold case, the 7077 essentially has two entirely independent movements (gear trains, escapements and springs (but not just any spring!)) for its two primary functions – regular timekeeping and chronograph timing.   But the best of this watch is in the details.  I’ll break it all down, starting with a short video which helps set the stage for what’s going on in this watch.

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