In a similar stroke of good fortune that allowed me to shoot a German watch in the Swiss Alps, the new Corum Admiral Legend 42mm automatic watch arrived at the office a couple of days before I finally got to take my “summer” holidays… in October. As temperatures in Switzerland plummeted as low as 5 degrees Celsius, I was relaxing by the pool in a much more balmy 36 degrees on the coast at Ras Al-Khaimah. But the beach was about as close as I got to the environment from which the Corum Admiral Legend takes its inspiration.
The choice of name for this new collection, which covers the full range of desires, from 32mm jewellery pieces for women up to a 47mm world time model, was wise, since Corum Watch Snob Replica have decided to drop the “Admiral’s Cup”. Corum’s Admiral’s Cup collection had existed in parallel with the unofficial world championships of offshore sailing ever since 1960, but the last Admiral’s Cup race was held in 2003 (after a four-year hiatus) and there is currently no indication of a come-back.
The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronographs surely stand out as classy and elegant but it is the simplicity of the Corum Admiral Legend 42 Auto models that actually catch my eye. Corum finds its stride when sticking into a nautical motif, and such models illustrate that point absolutely. While definitely not as complicated or refined as something like the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck, the Corum Admiral Legend 42 Auto provides a solid alternative for someone with an affinity for sea-themed watches and that does not mind a little extra colour in the palette.The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Automobile watches are paired with either a rich blue or handsome brown alligator leather strap. The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph in stainless steel also receives a grim alligator leather strap although the rose gold edition receives a shameful one exclusively. Pricing for the Corum Admiral Legend 42 Automobile is $3,600. The stainless steel Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph is priced at $4,950 with the steel, and in crimson gold at $9,900. Corum might not be the first brand that pops into your head while browsing for a unique bit, but the launch of this new Corum Bubble watches warrants their name being on the list of brands to consider. The bold, totally cohesive approach to the design of the modern classic guarantees this iteration of the Corum Bubble will polarise opinion in the race to get wrist space as it did upon its début. It’s certainly not for everyone, but there is more to the generation of bubbles than meets the eye. In this article, I will be taking a brief look at three distinct versions, all of which are limited to only 350 pieces each.
With the watch strapped on to my wrist with the leather strap, I did not test the 50-metre water resistance claims, either in the air-conditioned pool or the jacuzzi-like temperatures of the Arabian sea. Instead, the Admiral Legend became my distinguished evening accessory for dinner at the hotel and on my daytime excursions, as you can see from the photo above.
One of the first riddles I had to solve was that of the indications on the dial. Just what do those nautical pennants on the dial mean? After a little bit of Googling, I should have known better: they are simply the nautical flags that represent 1-9, with the flags at 10, 11 and 12 o’clock being a combined flag made up of the individual digits. No doubt self-evident for the seasoned sailor, but they were few and far between in the dunes surrounding the Bedouin oasis camp. Once you have your bearings, however, it’s easy to read the time thanks to generously-proportioned hands with SuperLuminova inserts, as well as a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock with indications in the style of those of a compass.
The case of the Admiral Legend is distinctive for two reasons, the first being the dodecagonal case that matches the bezel, the second is the uniform polished finish across the case and bezel. The faceting on the case extends slightly in the 3 o’clock position to act as a form of crown protection. Power comes from the CO 395 self-winding calibre (visible through a sapphire crystal case back) with a 42-hour power reserve, more than enough to stay on time when kept safely in the hotel safe to be brought out as and when required.
This particular model is available with a choice of blue or white dials, with an additional black dial available for the chronograph. But the entire collection is vast – please refer to our watchfinder for an overview.