It is really about time Corum returned the most favorite Bubble watch – a timepiece set that originally came out in the year 2000 and served a major contemporary function in the brand’s history. Finally, the Corum Bubble watch collection was stopped, probably because Corum started to go a little nuts with a few silly limited edition versions – which, looking back today, are pretty darn cool. You may remember back in 2008, when aBlogtoWatch featured a collection of limited edition Corum Bubble watches which were exceptionally fitting for Halloween. For Baselworld 2015, the Corum Bubble is back, and that I finally have reason to look closely at this newest again.I recall a few years back meeting Corum in Baselworld and asking concerning the Bubble and if we might see one again. Someone sneered at me remarking that “we don’t think that’s right for the new anymore. We have moved past that.” “Ok…” is all I could react with, and we moved on to watching more new variants of the Admirals Cup and Golden Bridge collection. I have always enjoyed Corum, but over the last few years, the fun side of the brand seemed to be decreasing and being substituted with a great deal of ill-conceived high-end watches which did nothing to serve the image of their brand. Later, the brand decided to stick double tourbillons to an Admiral’s Cup watch, and with their brand new possession by China Haidian Holdings, I more or less assumed that the brand’s appeal for watch fans was (at least temporarily) over.
Corum celebrates the 50th year of the Coin Watch with a pair of limited edition watches made from coins struck in 2014: the American Gold Eagle and American Silver Eagle.
Created in 1964 and introduced at Baselworld a year later, the novelty of the Corum Coin Watch was its construction – a coin was sliced in two to form the case of the watch, with the movement sandwiched in-between. To mark the 50 years since its introduction, Corum has introduced a pair of limited edition Coin Watches. The 50th anniversary Coin Watches use mint, uncirculated coins struck in 2014, exactly 50 years later than the coins used in the original Coin Watches that featured coins struck in 1964. Corum has also used vintage coins for its Coin Watches, for instance the enamelled Indian Head watch introduced earlier in 2015. The more unusual of the pair is the Coin Watch made from an American Silver Eagle coin. Measuring 43mm in diameter (the coin itself is 40.6mm), it’s the largest Coin Watch ever made. This gives it a size that suits contemporary tastes, in contrast to typically smaller Coin Watches.
Made from the largest denomination American Gold Eagle coin with a face value of US$50, the second limited edition is a more traditional 36mm in diameter.
Both editions have a diamond on top of the crown and are equipped with a self-winding ETA 2892 movement. The Silver Eagle Coin Watch is water-resistant to 10m, while the Gold Eagle is rated to 30m.
Both editions of the Coin Watch 50th Anniversary are limited to 100 pieces each. They are available individually, or as a set with matching serial numbers. The Coin Watch Gold Eagle is priced at SFr23,000, while the Silver Eagle is SFr12,400. In Singapore the retail prices are S$33,400 and S$18,000 respectively.