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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St-Barths Edition of the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph St-Barths 2015 - Perpetuelle

Being the watch of ultra rich, famous, and/or ostentatious, Richard Mille often finds himself in partnership with exclusive places doing exclusive things.  Like the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth.   Created in 2010, the first year of the regatta comprised 27 boats.  This year, No fewer than 80 boats and 1,000 sailors are expected to compete at the event, which has been a not-to-be-missed competitive gathering since its creation back in 2010, and for very good reason. The RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de Saint-Barth will be made in a limited edition of 50 pieces to go along with the 2015 regatta.  It is done in the official colors of the regatta will be available exclusively in North and South America.

This special edition RM 60-01 “St. Barths” will set you back $160,000, but hey, that’s the price of admission for looking good while hanging out at Nikki Beach, I suppose.

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph St-Barths 2015 caseback - Perpetuelle

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph St-Barths Edition 2015 - Perpetuelle

If you are interested in the technical details of the RM 60-01, you can check that out right here — it is an imposing (50mm) though mechanically intriguing piece!

 

First Look: Richard Mille RM 61-01 Monochrome Edition

RM61-01 FRONT CMYK

This is a much less colorful, though still very eye-catching version of the Richard Mille RM 61-01, aka Jamaican super sprinter Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake’s watch (v2).  The case of the RM 61-01 Yohan Blake Monochrome is created using black TZP-N ceramic with a caseband in NTPT® carbon — both materials Mille has used before.  The white flying bridges, crown rubber, strap & lower flange create the monochrome aesthetic.   The skeletonized RMUL2 movement is the same, with 55 hours power reserve is built in grade 5 titanium treated with PVD and Titalyt® using a free sprung balance beating at 4Hz.  Developed with sporting applications in mind, Richard Mille has consciously aimed for exceptional impact resistance, with validation testing for the RM 61-01 carried out in excess of 5000 G’s.

more pics and my hands-on look at the green and yellow version, on the click

2015 Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 “Tour Auto” Edition

  Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle

Taking the banner from Hublot, Zenith is the official timekeeper of the Tour Auto Optic 2000 2015.  And boy have the produced a really super watch to mark the occasion — seriously, is this a cool looking watch or what?!  Despite its obscure sounding name, the Tour Auto bills itself as the oldest motor race in the world still in operation — but what it really comes down to is that this is a really, really neat classic car event.  We here at Perpetuelle have covered the event every year since 2010, too — during watch sponsors have included Audemars Piguet (2010, 2011, 2012), Hublot (2013, 2014), and now Zenith (I’ll post links to each of these past Tour Auto watches at the bottom of this post).

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