The companies rely on shared values which are creativity, luxe and above all a profound taste for technological innovation. The first achievements of this partnership formalized during a cocktail party at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, will be announced starting now until the end of the year 2017.
Partnership Corum & Iguana Yachts © Corum
If the maritime world is ingrained in the DNA of Corum, it is above all this mindset that connects it to Iguana Yachts. This need to go beyond the limits and show that nothing is impossible, to be intuitive and inventive enough to give life to a boat on land, to become master of one’s time.
This collaboration between two innovative manufacturers supported by their visionary directors is the reflection of a common enterprise culture, as confirmed by Jérôme Biard, CEO of Corum. “Iguana Yachts and Corum Watches Online Store are driven by their creativity, the need to break free from the rules to fulfil dreams that seemed unrealisable to their peers.” He is joined by Antoine Brugidou, CEO, of the French shipyard, who added that “the combination of our images, because they convey similar values, opens perspectives that will be self-evident in time.”
This variant bears the strongest resemblance to the original from 1964, but with the inclusion of an inner bezel in fitting gold around the coin to increase the dial diameter into a more modern 43mm. This in turn provided space for the business branding to be etched near 12 o’clock without altering the coin face itself, omitting the floating logo used on the different models in this year’s Corum Watch With Flags Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup. The hour indices are extended from the outer bezel into the gold interior bezel, which makes this the most legible of the three models.The gold version is also notable for using 3N or 22ct yellow gold, which is unusual to get a watch case. This caliber of gold is 91.6% pure, rather than the more prevalent 18ct tier which uses 75% gold and 25% alloying metals. Because of this, the case of this Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watch is a richer hue of yellow than most other gold watches available on the current market, but it’s also significantly softer and more prone to scratching. Gem-setting in this a soft alloy could prove somewhat precarious, and I’d avoid heavy use of the crown to prevent deforming the alloy and potentially losing the diamond.The hour and minute hands on this watch are lean, baton-shaped, and black lacquered, giving very good legibility without obscuring the view of this coin face. The matching black alligator leather strap completes the appealing black-on-gold vintage aesthetic, and contains a more durable 18ct yellow gold tongue buckle. All 3 watches feature a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective therapy along with a thin 7.60mm case, which makes them searchable for dress watch duties. The instances are ranked to 1 ATM / 10m water-resistance, therefore wearers should take care to prevent any exposure to water beyond a light sprinkle.The next model in the Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup is your silver reference C082/03059, which includes an American Silver Eagle one-dollar coin. The coin depicts a heraldic eagle with shield on the watch face and a walking Statue of Liberty on the caseback. The coin and observe case are made of 925 sterling silver, yet another unusual material in watchmaking due to silver’s inclination to tarnish over time. Maybe the sapphire crystal over the dial will offer a sufficient seal to protect against the watch face from darkening, or at least decrease the rate of oxidization sufficiently to keep it legible between services.