No one would think of comparing Corum Watch Resale Value with Cartier. They have no shared heritage, completely different histories, dissimilar ranges, and very little in common stylistically. And yet both companies share an astonishing ability to create form within form, to design cases whose geometry is fluid but mastered to perfection.
The new Golden Bridge plays from the same song sheet. Behind its stylistic approach is a state of mind: Corum likes nothing better than to head off in an unexpected direction. Its creative spirit is governed by audacity. So, where the Golden Bridge found initial success by disrobing to leave the naked baguette movement front and centre of the watch, Corum is now seeking to fill those empty spaces once again. The new GB Stream features an “Eiffelian” tracery of arches and curves on either side of its vertically orientated movement. “Architectural” would be a good word for it. “Sculptural” would be another.
The effect is guaranteed because, far from overwhelming the movement, it gives the movement a new field of expression in the streamlined profiles that, in the early 20th century, inspired futuristic objects and buildings whose bold curves and dynamic lines of tension continue to fascinate today. “The Golden Bridge Stream encapsulates all our signature features: boldness, balance, history and technique,” notes CEO Davide Traxler. “This piece shows the versatility of our Bridge movement. It comfortably merges a trend born almost a century ago with contemporary concerns to create a strong, peerless timepiece.”
In the eye of the hurricane
Lacking the inner bezel of this gold version, this model features a floating Corum Yacht Watch emblem transferred beneath the sapphire crystal close 12 o’clock. A 0.17 carat round blue sapphire set into the crown complements the blued hands and strap and gives this model a younger look.The final version in this collection is possibly the most intriguing, a Corum Coin Special Edition reference C082/03152, which utilizes a 925 silver coin out of Israel. The Corum logo is transferred under the sapphire crystal at 9 o’clock with this particular model, and a 0.17 carat diamond is placed inside the crown. The watch includes black varnished baton hands along with a matching alligator strap for a more sober aesthetic.Powering the three Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches is your CO 082 standard, which will be a Corum-decorated Soprod A10 motion. This can be an automatic movement with bi-directional winding, hacking seconds, hand-winding capability, and also an Incabloc shock protection system. It oscillates at a modern 28,800vph or 4Hz, features 21 rubies, and provides a 42-hour power reserve. This really is a higher-end motion, made as a replacement for the ETA 2892 and sharing many similarities with the Seiko 4L household of calibers. The Soprod A10 is also quite slender at 3.6mm, that contributes to the overall thinness and wearability of these watches.The Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches For 2017 provide three distinct styles for various clientele, by the luxurious Gold Double Eagle into the youthful Silver Eagle and the rather austere Israel Special Edition. These watches should attract collectors of valuable coins, as well as people who would like to exhibit patriotism in their respective states. Lovers of both high-purity gold and sterling silver additionally have much to admire here, because these substances are otherwise quite uncommon in the watch market. The Gold US Coin version ref. C082/03167 has become the most costly of this trio, being sold for a cost of $23,000. Both the silver versions (ref C082/03059 and ref C082/03152) are obtainable for the price of $13,800 each.
At the same time, Corum is stepping up its Bubble-related partnerships. Now, it’s the turn of young Italian DJ Matteo Ceccarini to design his own model. The new watch is unlikely to go unnoticed, but that’s the Bubble for you!
In the centre of this rather striking creation is an eye, which appears almost life-size in the 52 mm case. The watch has no hands, instead using the device of peripheral pointers. Its piercing gaze is amplified by a 3D technique and by the Bubble’s characteristic sapphire dome. This limited edition of 88 is called “Anima”, a reference to the ancient observation that eyes are the windows to the soul.
But this series is just the first of many that will trickle out over the course of 2017. Corum Watch 1970 has already announced collaborations with rapper Booba (three different pieces) and photographers Juliette Jourdain (Sequin Bubble) and Matt Barnes (Magical Voodoo). There will be many more.