There is a great deal of discussion on the topic of watches as artwork. Even though a watch needn’t be art to be of note, I am a firm believer in their own capability to straddle the bounds of function, shape, and philosophy where appropriate. In the instance of those Corum Bubble watches, it is apparently a brand’s attempt at developing a pure objet d’art. It’s true, the Corum Bubble watches aren’t really like anything else that the brand makes (or similar to anything anybody makes, for that matter), but they’re intended to be beautiful things, that is something that they have in common with other timepieces bearing the Corum logo.The devotion to the world in these pieces is staggeringly unwavering. In my view, this group works simply because it’s so unconcerned with anything but the most loyal realisation of its own unique concept. To take advantage of the re-release chance, Corum has partnered with famous cymbal producer Paiste. Paiste have been enlisted to create a exceptional dial for your Corum Bubble Paiste unique edition watch. The dial of this Corum Bubble Paiste is a tiny cymbal created by Paiste in exactly the exact same way they would make a full size cymbal. I’m quietly confident it would work as supposed have been it removed from the home and attached to some kit, but even if it’s only for show, it seems great.It works especially well when set behind the magnifying lens of the Corum Bubble watches. The mottled surface of the cymbal jumps out at you — an ever-present reminder of the crafts and skills that have gone into the creation of this especially out-there wristwatch. The brass cymbal placed within the PVD-coated black case is a great contrast. The Corum Bubble Paiste watch doesn’t boast the Super-LumiNova of those Op-art watches, but it does adhere to a attractively muted bi-colour scheme of brass and black as a result.The Corum Bubble Op-art watches are powered by the CO082 automated motion, which functions in 28,800vph, and includes a power reserve of 42 hours. All watches are 47mm wide and 18.8mm tall. The Corum Bubble Paiste employs the CO110, which has exactly the same 25.6mm measurement and technical specifications as the CO082. The price of this Corum Bubble Sphere2 (L082/02849) and also the Corum Bubble Drop (L082/02848) is $3,750, while the Corum Bubble Paiste watch (L110/02871) will retail at a price of $4,200.
We start the week with Brice Lechevalier’s interview with Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, which appears in issue 48 of GMT magazine, which was published last week. As usual we will be publishing selected articles from our sister magazine along with those that you might already have noticed from other publications in the Edipresse Group, such as Hong Kong Tatler.
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Imagine if watches were sold by weight, just like your local butcher sells his meat or your spice merchant sells his precious saffron. David Chokron does just that this week for WorldTempus, trying to find a correlation between the weight of a watch and its price. In his light-hearted article, he finds one, but it’s not the one you might think. Find out tomorrow on our homepage.
I tested Corum’s new Admiral Legend 42mm automatic while I was on holiday and, in the dunes of Ras Al-Khaimah, it was far removed from the nautical environment that inspired it. Find out today how it coped with the tough task of accompanying me on holiday. Later this week Michèle Brunner gives her impressions on one of the more feminine models in the distinctive Anonimo collection, while Camille Gendre looks at the 125th anniversary of Eberhard & Co.’s Extra-Fort collection.
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