A jubilee which allows Corum to introduce three exceptional timepieces paying tribute to the anniversaries. The first two new models, the Ti-Bridge Tourbillon and the Golden Bridge Tourbillon with their visible baguette movements – the signature of the high horology Corum Bridges collection – are adorned with a fascinating tourbillon escapement. The third novelty signals the immersion of the sporty Admiral’s Cup into the depths of the ocean, as for the first time in its history Corum launches a model with a diver function. These exceptional and exclusive timepieces will be numbered and produced in limited editions.
Ti-Bridge Tourbillon – Contemporary high horology
Launched in 2009, the Ti-Bridge wrote a new chapter in the company’s history with the creation of a new line in Corum’s collection and the advent of the second in-house caliber. A completely different and resolutely contemporary spirit of the baguette movement, the taut lines of the CO007 were highlighted with a set of two titanium “cross bars”.
In 2010, CORUM exalts its well-established expertise in the field of exceptional movements by offering a tourbillon version of this timepiece, the new caliber CO 022, created and developed by Corum. A real feat as it is a flying tourbillon; without upper bridge, the escapement beating at 21’600 vibrations per hour seems to be floating over the baguette movement. The entirety is maintained by elements definitely considered as a unique esthetical signature of the Ti-Bridge; two “cross bars” made in “ARCAP” suspend the movement in the center of the case. A spectacular effect of weightlessness radiates from the timepiece. Esthetical and technical prowess, the plate and bridges are cut from “ARCAP”. This new alloy made of copper and nickel is completely non-magnetic, anti-corrosive and allows for complex finishing. This futuristic material permits traditional decorations like satin-finish and chamfer, which contrasts with the two barrels’ sun-brushed decoration. This mechanical hand-wound CO 022 movement is endowed with a 72-hour power reserve.
Water-resistant up to 50 meters, the tonneau-shaped case bears generous dimensions: 42.5 mm by 41.5 mm. Cut from titanium, the case gives pride of place to the caliber and its moving tourbillon, visible from all sides, including the case-back.
The Ti-Bridge Tourbillon will be available in a limited production of 99 pieces with a titanium case graced with alternating surface finishes – polished on top and satin-finished on the side. The model is delivered with two bracelets, one in black rubber and one in hand-stitched leather,. A second version in titanium with black PVD coating, the Black Ti-Bridge Tourbillon, will be issued in a limited edition of 66 pieces.
Golden Bridge Tourbillon – 33 pieces paying tribute
In 2010, Corum also celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its extraordinary Golden Bridge. During its thirty year history, its immediately recognizable esthetical codes and fascinating baguette movement have made the Golden Bridge an emblem of CORUM, and an icon of high horology.
To celebrate this anniversary in style, the watchmakers of the brand have worked together for two years to create the caliber CO213, a masterwork in terms of micromechanics, housing 182 components on a tiny baguette measuring 33mm by 3mm. Combining traditional watchmaking and high-end materials they write a new chapter in an already rich watchmaking history. Indeed, CORUM has created the first baguette movement with a tourbillon escapement, housed in the world’s smallest cage – 8.5 mm in diameter – with an escapement in Silicium. Beating at 19’200 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of 40 hours despite a miniaturized barrel, which is almost hidden by the movement, the new caliber CO213 has also been designed in line with the codes of high horology. Its plate and bridges are crafted in 18kt gold and hand-engraved with patterns replicating the shape of tree ferns from the Jura region, the cradle of watchmaking and home to CORUM. No detail has been left to chance; even the upper bridge of the tourbillon cage reproduces the characteristic shape of the brand’s emblem, the key crafted in titanium.
This movement is housed in the legendary Golden Bridge case. The dials are set behind the mechanism and are worked in various materials such as meteorite, enamel, semi-precious stones or mother-of-pearl with different finishes. On the bottom of the case the opening also takes the shape of a lock, echoing the brand’s
mantra: “Unlock and Conquer”! This expression of high horology is water-resistant to 30 meters. The Golden Bridge Tourbillon will be produced in 33 Unique Pieces only; 16 in red gold, 11 in white gold and 6 in Platinum.
Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48 – An icon for the ocean’s depth
Created in 1960, the Admiral’s Cup celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010. With this eminently sporty timepiece CORUM has paid tribute to the ocean’s enthusiasts for half a century. As some of them also choose to explore the ocean’s depths, CORUM offers for the first time, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48, a version dedicated to diving.
The case of this latest novelty in the Admiral’s Cup collection – with its twelve-sided case, typical of the collection – features an impressive diameter of 48 mm. Crafted in titanium and easily recognizable thanks to its bold design, it offers a unidirectional and rotating bezel. Other characteristic of this divers watch, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48, include a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, an exceptional water-resistance of 100 atmospheres – or 1000 meters – and perfect legibility in the dark thanks to the Superluminova coating on the index and hands. The model is also endowed with a decompression valve which during ascent evacuates the helium that has accumulated in the case due to the diver’s depth and long periods of time underwater. Without this ingenious system the helium’s expansion could cause the glass to explode. This valve is situated at 9.30 o’clock and indicated with an engraving of “1000M”.
This broad case houses the caliber CO947, mechanical movement with automatic winding COSC certified chronometer, offering hours, minutes, small seconds, day and date functions. For a perfect resistance to salty water, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48 is fitted with black vulcanized rubber strap titanium buckle engraved with Corum logo.
This anniversary piece, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48, is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, with a black PVD version available in a limited edition of 255 pieces.