To create these delicate intersecting curves, Corum Watch Models Replica chose to draw inspiration from a major current in contemporary architecture: streamlining. Spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, it originated in the United States at the same time as objects began to be mass-produced. The style is distinguished by its flowing, extremely dynamic curves.
The Golden Bridge Stream draws on this parallel today. After it was first presented in 1980, the Golden Bridge also dictated a new style. The watchmaking world was gripped by an aesthetic shift very similar to the spirit of streamlining: the ultimate fusion of shape and substance, where every last component becomes a determining part of the piece’s overall style.
Combining cutting-edge micromechanics and monumental architecture, its automatic baguette- shaped movement forms a symbolic bridge featuring decoration inspired by San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge. The clear sapphire crystal reveals meticulous craftsmanship: a perfect miniaturisation of the structure of the Californian suspension bridge. Two gold models – one of which showcases a red lacquered microstructure – are available as very exclusive editions of 88 pieces.
Made entirely from gold, the piece is powered by an automatic movement that is wound by two parallel linear weights. Spanning 42 mm, it presents carefully considered and balanced lines, be they straight or curved, long or broken, to create a unique architecture. The case of the Golden Bridge Stream highlights this balance by playing with the tensions between clean-cut edges, sharp horns and a curved sapphire crystal.
Corum is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer and was set up in 1955. The most popular watch show is the Admiral’s Cup but Corum has also had success with the coin watch for instance. This timepiece was introduced in the 1960s and was famous for its manual wind or quartz motion within a $20 or a $10 coin. Corum is also admired for planet premiers where each year limited editions are sold out soon after they are on the industry. Severin Wunderman obtained Corum in 2000. Last year, the Korean manufacturer introduced a redesigned variant in a more traditional round event. At this year’s Baselworld view fair, Corum introduced yet another variant of the Golden Bridge, in a new, Art Deco-influenced square case. The baguette-shaped, linear-oriented, manual-winding movement, Caliber CO113, is observable in the center of this open dial and boasts a high level of engraving and finishes on its 18k gold bridges and plate. It is surrounded on either side by 18k gold structures representing six Roman numerals whose curved shapes and rivets call into mind the structure of a bridge. The movement’s timekeeping works are on full screen, together with the spring barrel at 6 o’clock feeding power into the escapement at 12 o’clock.