Carved out of Gibeon meteorite aged by radiometric dating at around four billion years, the dials of this 75-piece limited edition make each watch truly unique, with each cut revealing a different aspect of the meteorite’s crystalline structure. The Gibeon meteorite was named after the nearest town to where it landed, Gibeon, Namibia (more on this below). Though Corum is not the first to use meteorite for its dials, this particular watch is very nicely done and has a great look to it.
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One of high watchmaking’s most iconic and recognizable watches is now available in a black ceramic case. The manual wind “golden bridge” caliber is perfectly staged within its black ceramic case framed by four sapphire crystals forming the upper glass, back and sides. The golden bridge mechanism with its linear construction was first introduced in 1980 and quickly became a Swiss watch industry icon. This version bears the hand-engraved Corum signature, surrounded by a slender scrolling motif depicting the three types of fern that grown in the forests of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the region where the Golden Bridge sprang to life. The red gold mainplate is also adorned with delicate hand engravings. Great piece.
Corum Golden Bridge with Black Ceramic Case
34mm x 51mm black ceramic case; back cover and strap pin bucle in black PVD titanium, manual wind Corum CO 113 caliber (40 hour power reserve, 4Hz/28,800vph)
This unique piece by Corum has a titanium case with red gold inserts on the side which are hand engraved to depict Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, and the serpent twined around his staff that has become the symbol of medicine and thus an appropriate choice for the cause of Only Watch. The engravings are of course done by hand. The applied Corum logo and hour-markers are gilded, as are the hours and minutes hands and the power-reserve indicator, thereby creating a contrast with the anthracite grey dial. The watch is powered by Corum’s famous (and patented) horizontal inline baguette movement which is held in place by four cross-bars (the angled pieces you see on the dial-side). The Corum Caliber CO107 displays the hours and minutes as well as a linear-type power-reserve indication (3 days, noted vertically on the right side of the case as “high” to “low”).
Baselworld 2013 preview…
Next month at Baselworld Corum will officially unveil the Ti Bridge Automatic, shown here. The watch is in tune with the Corum Bridge collection‘s linear architecture (barrel, gear train and escapement) as well as its tonneau-shaped case. The new Dual Winder system of the automatic CO 207 caliber, held in place by four titanium cross-bars (as you can see above), is designed, developed and patented by Corum. It derives its energy from two interconnected inline oscillating weights.
The case is titanium, 42mm x 52mm, though Corum indicates that it is slimmer than predecessors. The Ti-Bridge Automatic Dual Winder will also be issued in a red gold, 25-piece limited series.
A bit more on the movement, according to Corum.
The Dual Winder system features two in-line mounted circular oscillating weights, interconnected via a transmission arbor that makes them move in parallel, whatever the rotation direction. There are three integrated stacked mechanisms at 9 o’clock – a ball bearing device and two unidirectional ball bearings clutches – made in ceramics and thus requiring no lubrication – the winding is efficient in both directions of the oscillating weights’ rotations. Two steel disks top each of the oscillating weights, while two 1.32-gram tungsten semi-cylinders ensure smooth winding. A single barrel placed at 3 o’clock stores up the CO 207 caliber’s 72-hour power reserve.
More details to come.
360° visibility, flying tourbillon…
Here’s a first look at Corum’s new Golden Bridge Tourbillon Panoramique. Featuring 360° visibility, as if suspended weightless at the center of the case by a sapphire mainplate and bridges, this openworked, translucent movement is further accentuated with a “flying” tourbillon: freed from an upper bridge, it appears to be levitating above the movement.
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by Kyle Stults on November 28, 2012
Never before has a minute repeater marked off time by chords and not merely single notes. Such is the feat achieved by the splendid Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica, a world premiere equipped with four gongs and four hammers, simultaneously striking in pairs. First introduced at Baselworld earlier this year, this splendid object will be issued in a ten-piece limited edition, including a white gold version entirely set with 650 diamonds. Priced well in to the six figures. Lots of looks — and video — below.
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Corum recently unveiled these new limited edition Admiral’s Cup Legend 42′s, adorned with the same metallic blue color that graced the modern version as adopted in the early 1980′s. Offered in red gold or steel, this tribute to the historical model will be limited to 300 pieces in two-tone steel and 100 pieces in steel/red gold.
Click through for a look back at the history of the Corum Admiral’s Cup collection and of course a closer look at these homages to 1983
by Kyle Stults on July 03, 2012
Perpetuelle readers know that I have been following the America’s Cup races and the special edition watches that are being produced to mark the occasion. It was just a few weeks ago that the Corum-sponsored French ENERGY TEAM, led by Loïck Peyron, achieved their first major victory in the America’s Cup World Series a few weeks ago in Venice. Recently the team was in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, and though they only managed a 6th place showing, I did manage to grab some video of Corum ENERGY Team captain Loick Peyron talking about the importance of timing in racing (see Video below). I also managed to run-down some specifics on the watch the Peyron is wearing during the races — an Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro Maxi – Trophée Jules Verne. In the video if you listen closely you will hear Peyron mentions a special timepiece/mechanism that Corum is working on which will offer improved ability to measure race timing. I asked Corum about this and they chose to give me a “no comment” but did acknowledge that the announcement would come when the time is right. Can’t wait
For now, a look at the Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro Maxi – Trophée Jules Verne, along with the video of Loick Peyron. Follow the ongoing action at http://sailing.corum.ch/ *** More CORUM by Perpetuelle>>>
Corum ENERGY Team Loick Peyron Speaks On Timing (VIDEO)
Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro Maxi – Trophée Jules Verne
48mm titanium case, automatic mechanical Corum movement (COSC), oscillating weight engraved with the brand name and black PVD treatment
by Kyle Stults on June 28, 2012
Corum has released a couple limited edition Admiral’s Cup Tides watches to commemorate its re-entry into the Brazilian market. While I am less interested in Brazil, this is a good opportunity for you to take a look at one of the more interesting (but less often seen) timepieces Corum has ever produced. Launched for the first time in 1993, the Admiral’s Cup 48 Tides was considered a huge innovation in the watchmaking industry – in many ways it is still a benchmark in the world of high-end timepieces. The Admiral’s Cup 48 Tides is essentially a navigation instrument, able to provide important nautical information such as the strength of the tide, an estimation of the water levels, the strength of the currents and the time of the tide. The watch is certified by France’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service which oversees various critical maritime and nautical records.
These particular models are a tribute to the 65th anniversary of the Iate Clube de Santos, one of the most important nautical institutions in Brazil. Presented in two versions: a sporty titanium edition, water-resistant to 300 meters, and a more “urban” model in red gold, water-resistant to just 50 meters.
Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Tides
“Iate Clube de Santos” Limited edition 65 pieces
Corum Tides module: nautical information such as the strength of the tide, an estimation of the water levels, the strength of the currents and the time of the tide
Red Gold Case
There is an interesting new “unique masterpieces” project underway at famous London watch retailer Marcus. The exhibit celebrates the the 10th anniversary for the Marcus boutique on New Bond Street, as well as proprietor Marcus Margulies’ own 70th birthday.
For those of you new to the name, the Marcus watch store located at 170 Bond Street in London is advertised as containing “The most important collection of watches in the World”. And yes, it is easily said that the line up of names is truly formidable, ranging from long-established, high end brands such as Audemars Piguet and Girard-Perregaux to more recent yet well respected brands including Franck Muller, Richard Mille, Urwerk and Greubel Forsey. The store belongs to Marcus Margulies whose family company, Time Products, dates back to the early 1960’s when his Father Alexander moved to England from Poland and established a business distributing inexpensive watches imported from the Soviet Union. This company was named Sekonda and is now the UK’s best-selling watch brand. To me, I think of Marcus in the same category as a Chronopassion in Paris or a Westime here in the U.S. — among the most prestigious watch stores in the world, with the clientele to back it up.
Now — as to the Marcus Unique Masterpieces Exhibit. Some of the leading watch companies from Marcus’s past and present have made contributions to the exhibition featuring all one of a kind unique pieces. I’ll be featuring them in detail here are Perpetuelle over the next few months — I’ll add each piece below after I’ve covered it in detail!
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