Since its daring launch in 1980, in the midst of the quartz crisis, the highly innovative Golden Bridge ‘baguette-shaped’ in-line movement has never been short on surprises. This inimitable calibre with its vertical linear architecture has found its place among the many models that have been part of Corum’s finest hours, as its CEO points out. “The Golden Bridge is the masterpiece of the Corum Ingot Watch Gold Replica collection, representing the quintessence of Swiss watchmaking”, says David Traxler. “Its innovative aesthetic and the unique construction of its movement remain truly timeless. With this watch, we wanted to push the frontiers of movement architecture and of the watch itself.”
Tonneau (barrel) or rectangular-shaped cases, sometimes elongated in the extreme and fitted with transparent sapphire crystal sides, naturally appeared to represent an ideal setting in which to house the slender shape of this calibre, thereby providing a chance to admire the prowess of the watchmakers who built and assembled it. Nonetheless, this year’s launch of the first Golden Bridge Round model vividly demonstrates that associating a round watch with a horizontal movement can create a watch with fascinating geometrical effects.
It works especially well when put behind the magnifying lens of the Corum Bubble watches. The brass cymbal placed within the PVD-coated black instance is a great contrast. The Corum Bubble Paiste watch does not boast the Super-LumiNova of the Op-art watches, but it will adhere to an attractively muted bi-colour scheme of brass and black as a result.The Corum Bubble Op-art watches are powered with the CO082 automated motion, which functions in 28,800vph, also has a power reserve of 42 hours. All watches are 47mm wide and 18.8mm tall. The Corum Bubble Paiste uses the CO110, which has the exact same 25.6millimeter measurement and technical specifications because the CO082. The cost of the Corum Bubble Sphere2 (L082/02849) along with the Corum Bubble Drop (L082/02848) is $3,750, while the Corum Bubble Paiste watch (L110/02871) will retail at a price of $4,200. Ah, for a collector. Nowadays, there are any number of things you can get yourself into thanks to the wide reach of the net. Want to start collecting golden-age comics? Begin your search on the internet. How about something more esoteric, say, vintage safety razors. Obviously, the more recognized items, such as stamps and coins, have areas on the web you can visit. If you would like to get started blending these collections, however, then it will get a bit more tricky. For 50 years now, coin collectors have experienced a very prominent watch that they could aspire to collect from Corum. Since we’re now at that gold anniversary, it ought to be no surprise that we now have the Corum Coin Watch 50th Anniversary model.
Corum is now is the Golden Bridge Round launched this spring in a 43mm size, by offering a precious model with a daintier 39mm diameter dedicated to women and available in a choice of several materials and colours.
The standout Art Deco-inspired design sets a magnificent stage for the horizontal movement, superbly decorated and resting on its side in the middle of the watch. This mechanical hand-wound Calibre CO 113, with its balance wheel beating at a rate of 28,800 vph, drives the hours and minutes functions and ensures a 40-hour power reserve. The mainplate and bridges are made of gold and engraved with the Corum logo surrounded by scrolling arabesque motifs. Above and below the entirely visible movement and rimmed with round diamonds, the dial is composed of resin structures infusing these timepieces with colour and shining radiance, while bearing large white Roman numerals.
The six versions of this Lady Golden Bridge Round 39 mm come in a pink or white gold case set with 76 diamonds on the bezel and lugs. Water-resistant to 30m, it is topped by a glareproofed sapphire crystal and features an exhibition back secured by screws and also fitted with a sappahire crystal. The colour of the resin structure gives each watch its unique identity, enhanced by a matching alligator leather strap – apart from the pink gold model with its luminous green resin dial, which is teamed with an aubergine-coloured strap. The two other pink gold variations are combined with red and pink, while two different shades of blue adorn the white gold watches.
Finally, for the sixth version, Corum has opted for a blue and white livery – for the dial and strap respectively – while embellishing the case with precious stones including diamonds.