Introducing the Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic (with video)

Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic sideviw - Perpetuelle

“The Golden Bridge is my greatest joy. With the Golden Bridge, I was not only a watchmaker, but I also became an inventor,” says watchmaker and AHCI member Vincent Calabrese.   When Corum launched the Golden Bridge in 1980 it was probably not yet foreseen that the model would become one of the pillars of the brand and eventually an icon of fine Swiss watchmaking.  Yet in 2015, as Corum celebrates the 35 years of its mythical movement the Golden Bridge, that is what has happened.   The exception Golden Bridge movement is comprised of 140 components arranged in a linear rectangle of 33 mm in length, 3 mm in width and less than 5 mm in thickness — a true masterpiece of micromechanics and distinctive design.

The “Miss Golden Bridge”, obviously the ladies model, was launched at Baselworld 2015 for the first time in black ceramic, joining 11 other unique references in the line.    This month, Corum has now launched a version white ceramic model is launched.

 Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic

21mm x 43mm white ceramic case (11.19mm thick), manual wind Corum Caliber CO 113 (40 hours power reserve, 4hz/28,800 vph)

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Speaking of ceramic — though changing the topic slightly — be sure to check out last week’s edition of “Buying Time” in which I profiled five ceramic watches from five big name brands.

 

Buying Time: Big Name Ceramic Watches

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon 311.93.44.51.99.001 - Govberg for Perpeutelle

In this week’s edition of Buying Time, I am excited to present you with a group of watches that are all cased in ceramic, with a wide selection of color and price to choose from.  Available through our friends at Govberg Jewelers, all these pre-owned watches are from “big name” brands that know a thing or two about a properly made ceramic watch.  From an affordable, Ducati-inspired Tudor to a big & bold IWC Big Pilot, with a pair of superb ceramic Omega Speedmasters and a killer-looking all-black Panerai Luminor in between, this is a lineup of ceramic watches that will have you rolling up your sleeves and holding your wrist high so that even the most casual of watch enthusiasts can pay their respects to your #wristgame.

Now, I think you all know the merits of ceramic (i.e. it looks fantastic and is virtually impossible to scratch or scuff), as well as the downsides (not a watch you want to drop on a concrete sidewalk due to its brittleness), so let’s jump right on in to this week’s selection.

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Vacheron Constantin Hand Engraved and Openworked Unique Piece for Only Watch 2015

Only Watch 2015

Here is Vacheron Constantin’s unique creation for Only Watch 2015:  the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées timepiece, featuring a painstakingly hand engraved and skeleton caliber 4400 set in a 40mm white gold case, and a red outer enamel ring.  The red is an extremely difficult color to obtain in enamel, and in this case is also symbolic of the the Principality of Monaco where the  Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy research center (the recipient of the Only Watch auction proceeds) is based.  As noted earlier this week, the the Only Watch charity auction is held every 2 years, and for 2015 there are about 40 watch brands that will be offering unique pieces at the Geneva auction & event this November.  Vacheron has put forth an admirable piece for the event.  A closer look, below.

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A Closer Look at the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis, and 5 Years of Innovative Watchmaking

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This limited edition of just five pieces celebrates the fifth year of existence of Ressence, a innovative watch company that resides far from the Swiss cantons that generate most of the world’s great watches today.   It’s not secret that I’m a big fan of Ressence, and I think that this would be a very special watch to own not only for its attractiveness and ingenuity, but for what it symbolizes.  Founded and operated by industrial designer Benoit Mintiens, Ressence has truly reimagined what a watch is and how time can be displayed on it.  In just five short years, Ressence and its Type I and Type 3 models have made an amazing impact and won a lot of fans (Google’s Tony Fadell, for one).  Deservedly so, I would add.  The Type 1 and Type 3 each possess a distinct set of remarkable innovations that could, perhaps, come only from someone outside of the traditional Swiss watch industry.  As in, no hands, no crown, and yes, even a liquid filled watch where the movement is physically separated from the dial.

Thus the new Type 1 V Genesis, as the name implies, takes us back to Ressence’s first watch, though in a more raw, unrefined form.  Let’s take a closer look, below.

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