The first Corum Bubble watch came out in 2000, but for whatever reason, it was eventually discontinued. Then, the brand revived the Bubble watch in 2015. And today, it is one of their more important collections, so much so that they decided to make a unique piece using the iconic Bubble design. This is the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch, featuring not only a tourbillon but a menacing skull for a dial.
The Corum Watches Zurich Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch features a 47mm 18k rose gold case, and further accentuating its size is its large bubble-shaped crown, also made out of 18k rose gold. And as a result of the domed sapphire crystal, thickness is a whopping 18.55mm. Clearly, the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon is no small watch, and it is bound to draw lots of attention. If wrist presence is what you seek, this watch will deliver it in spades. Unfortunately, despite the watch’s beefy dimensions, water resistance is 30 meters, so be wary of liquids.
The Bubble watch is so called because of its large domed sapphire crystal, and it isn’t necessarily just a gimmick. Most watches have flat sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating because they want to avoid distortion. For Corum’s Bubble watch, the opposite is true because the distortion that is caused by its large domed sapphire crystal is what makes the Corum Watches 2010 Bubble unique. And because the domed sapphire crystal is so extreme, the distortion it causes gives the watch an otherworldly look.
This is doubly so when you consider that the Corum Watches Ethos Bubble 47 Tourbillon watch has large brass skull that makes up the dial. The large hollowed and empty eyes along with the charcoal black dial and the distortion from domed crystal creates a gothic look that is seldom seen in other watches. Completing the creepy effect is the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which is framed by the mouth of the skull.
Speaking of which, the skull in the Corum Watches Trapeze Bubble 47 Tourbillon reminds me of the skull of Marvel Comics’ Punisher. And to me, it has personality, with more menacing and attractive looks than, say, the skull designs employed by HYT in their Skull Bad Boy watch or by Bell & Ross in their BR01 Burning Skull “Tattoo” watch (hands-on here).
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 to a more contemporary 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 emblem used on the different models in this year’s Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup. The hour indices are stretched in the outer bezel into the gold inner bezel, which makes this the most legible of this three models.The gold model is also noteworthy for utilizing 3N or 22ct yellow gold, which is unusual for a watch case. This grade of gold is 91.6% pure, rather than the more common 18ct tier which uses 75% gold and 25 percent 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. The crown is similarly made from 22ct gold and is set with a 0.17 carat diamond. Gem-setting in this a soft alloy could prove somewhat precarious, and I would avoid heavy use of the crown to prevent deforming the alloy and possibly losing the diamond.The hour and minute hands on this watch are lean, baton-shaped, and black lacquered, providing very good legibility without obscuring the view of the coin face. The fitting black alligator leather strap completes the appealing black-on-gold vintage aesthetic, and includes a more durable 18ct yellow gold tongue buckle. All 3 watches feature a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment along with a thin 7.60millimeter instance, which makes them searchable for dress watch duties. The instances are rated to 1 ATM / 10m water-resistance, so wearers should be careful to prevent any exposure to water outside a mild sprinkle.The next version in the Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup is your silver reference C082/03059, which includes a classic 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 watch case are made of 925 sterling silver, another odd material in watchmaking because of silver’s tendency to tarnish over time. Perhaps the sapphire crystal across the dial will offer a sufficient seal to protect against the watch face from darkening, or at least reduce the speed of oxidization sufficiently to keep it legible involving services.
Though legibility might be somewhat affected by the distortions brought about by the heavily domed crystal, Corum addresses that by giving the Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon large leaf-shaped hands painted with white Super-LumiNova.
The movement powering the Corum Watches No 1358 Price In India Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch is the CO 016. It is an automatic movement that relies on a micro-rotor for winding. The micro-rotor features the Corum key in 18k red gold. Power reserve is a very respectable 72 hours, and the movement beats at 3Hz.
All things considered, the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon is a pretty unusual watch. However, Corum’s boldness to go against the grain and its almost reckless attitude toward design also makes it very cool, especially for watch lovers who appreciate some quirkiness and individualism. The fact that it is a unique piece is just the cherry on the cake. The Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch is priced at 103,000 Swiss francs (around US $100,500). corum.ch