The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronographs surely stand out as tasteful and tasteful but it is the simplicity of this Corum Admiral Legend 42 Auto models that really catch my attention. Corum finds its stride when sticking into a nautical motif, and these 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 option for somebody with an affinity for sea-themed watches and who doesn’t mind a little additional colour in the palette.The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Automobile watches are paired with either a wealthy blue or handsome brown alligator leather strap. The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph in stainless steel also receives a blue alligator leather strap although the gold edition receives a shameful one exclusively. Pricing for the Corum Admiral Legend 42 Auto is $3,600. Corum might not be the first brand that pops into your head while searching for a unique bit, but the launch of the newest Corum Bubble watches warrants their name being on the list of brands to take into account. The bold, totally cohesive solution to the design of the contemporary classic guarantees that this iteration of this Corum Bubble will polarise opinion from the race to get wrist area as it did upon its début. It is certainly not for everyone, but there’s more to the generation of bubbles than meets the eye. In the following guide, I’ll take a brief look at three new versions, all of which are confined to only 350 pieces each. The Corum Bubble Sphere2, the Corum Bubble Drop, and the Corum Bubble Paiste have arrived.
The Ti-Bridge is the 21st century take on Corum’s classic Golden Bridge. For the first time, a compact automatic winding system has been devised for the Ti-Bridge.
Fitted with a tiny baguette movement suspended in the case, the Corum Golden Bridge has always been about the beautiful of a movement’s architecture, and so it is with the Ti-Bridge. The Ti-Bridge Dual Winder uses the same tiny baguette movement, installed horizontally and supported by titanium struts. But now it has an self-winding mechanism, added to the bottom of the baguette movement. Located at nine o’clock on the dial side, the compact winding mechanism, which uses ceramic ball bearings and is lubriction free, winds up the single barrel which sits at three o’clock.
Over the back the twin tungsten rotors, arranged in-line and linked by a coupling rod, wind in parallel, functioning like the coupled wheels of a locomotive.
The automatic mechanism adds to the height of the movement, but the constructors have cleverly used a slightly domed case back to accommodate the new movement. Thus the case remains the same as that of the hand-wind Ti-Bridge in size, at 42 mm by 52 mm. However, the domed case back does not sit as well on the wrist as the flat and curved back of the manual wind Ti-Bridge. Like the rest of Corum’s newer movements, this was developed by Laurent Besse, who heads its technical development team. He was part of the pair behind Les Artisans Horlogers, which created the MB&F HM4 movement, before it went bust. And just earlier this year AHCI co-founder Vincent Calabrese, designer of the original, delicate Golden Bridge of the eighties, joined Corum as well. The modern “Bridge” movements cannot get any better in terms of provenance. From the front this looks almost identical to the hand-wind Ti-Bridge, save for the winding mechanism partially visible beneath the movement. Like the other versions of the Ti-Bridge, the movement appears to be suspended above a gentle valley formed by the dial.
And unlike earlier versions of the Ti-Bridge, the movement here is secured by four titanium beams. Whereas in the previous versions the titanium struts were V-shaped, which obscured some of the movement.
Pictured here is the striking rose gold model (also available in titanium), which has black PVD coating titanium inserts on its flanks. The case is well detailed and finished, save for one detail. While I love the size and shape of the rose gold crown, it has the same unsightly plastic insert that afflicts all of the Ti-Bridge watches.
This is a limited edition of 200 pieces in titanium and 25 in rose gold. The titanium retails for SFr22,900 on strap (~US$24,000) and SFr23,500 on bracelet (~US$25,000), while in gold this is SFr52,300 (~US$56,000). – SJX
|The barrel at three o’clock|