Corum – Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph


Last week we introduced you to the new Admiral Legend 42 Automatic. Today it is Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph’s turn to be in the spotlight.

Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph features elegantly twelve brightly-coloured nautical flags. The dodecagonal case in steel or steel and rose gold conceals an automatic movement with hour, minute, small second, chronograph and date displays. This model benefits from a power reserve of 42 hours and is water-resistant to 30 metres. This manly watch is animated by a calibre CO 984 oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Exploding from the head of this overdue Severin Wunderman, the Corum Watches Jomashop Bubble watches defied expectations upon release. The profile of this watch remains remarkably towering, with one of the highest-domed crystals I’ve ever seen. The impact this has on the dial is impossible to dismiss. This is appropriate concerning design fidelity, as it completely adheres to the usage of spheres throughout the view — most clearly about the rubber-ringed crown at 3 o’clock. Additionally, it manages to stay true to Wunderman’s original vision, which was inspired by a 1960s dip watch that comprised a huge crystal to withstand the pressure of deep-sea exploration. But is this watch just an homage, or have Corum updated it significantly to appeal to a contemporary audience?The first major change is the diameter: The new releases all quantify 47mm wide and an impressive 18.8mm high. Smartly, though, the lugs are curved and short to enable a close fit to the wrist. Of the 18.8mm of elevation, 8mm of this is down to the sapphire crystal alone. This is seemingly no mean accomplishment: obtaining a flawless finish on a Sapphire component of this depth, curvature, and essential consistency is actual obstacle. Corum achieves this unusual impact by beginning with a block of crystal and grinding it to some bubble-like contour, prior to polishing to complete clarity.To make the most of the feature, the designers of this Corum Bubble watches, decided to fit the timepieces using “Op-art” (optical-art) dials. These clever patterns provide the feeling of motion, as well as depth and shadow. Although level, the dials have a level of presence. There’ll be two Corum Bubble Op-Art watches available in a limited run of 350 bits each: The Corum Bubble Drop watch comes with a brown PVD-coated case and a “ripple” effect dial; the Corum Bubble Sphere2 is coated in blue PVD and includes an “atom-inspired” pattern on the dial. Both watches utilise Super-LumiNova on the hands. The Op-art dials are motivated by the work of Victor Vasarely, a French artist of Hungarian descent as well as the creator that the Op-art movement. The magnifying sapphire crystal has such an affect on the flat dials that they seem to be sharply domed themselves. With this particular design leaping out of the watch, it is a lot easier to understand why this crazy contraption has numerous fans the world over. The two watches are fitted with rubber straps topped with leather, with a buckle fitting their personal case finishes. The straps begin at 24mm between the lugs and taper to 20mm at the buckle.

Coming with a blue or black dial, this model is moored using an alligator-leather strap with a triple-blade folding clasp.