Back in 2016, we had a chance to go hands-on with the Corum Golden Bridge Round which was a departure from previous Golden Bridge watches by using a round case rather than the angular cases the collection had been known for. For Baselworld 2017, designer Dino Modolo helps return the Golden Bridge to its angular roots with the Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle. Since its initial release in 1980, the Corum Golden Bridge has seen more than a few variations, and this version retains the collection’s hallmark feature – a movement that displays the full transfer of energy from its spring barrel at 6 o’clock to the escapement at 12 o’clock.
The caliber CO113 is what Corum refers to as an “in-line baguette” movement, which has all its parts stacked up in a column-like shape. Like the numerals, the bridge structure that supports the movement is made of 18k gold and decorated with a variety of engravings alongside the brand name. This unique movement layout allows the wearer to view every component in motion as power is transferred from one end of the case to the other. The movement itself operates at 4Hz with a power reserve of 40 hours.
The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle case measures 29.5mm wide by 42.2mm tall and a mere 9.3mm thick. The detailed execution of the 18-karat gold Roman numeral structures and rivets that surround the movement are very cool to look at it – it feels like something King Midas would approve of.
The rhodium-plated, baton-shaped hands provide a nice contrast with the gold structures, and to keep things simple, the movement only indicates the time with hours and minutes. There’s a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment over the skeletonized dial and a screw-in sapphire case-back that helps maintain the watch’s water-resistance of 30 meters. The crown itself is a distinctive touch and something I can appreciate for the sake of symmetry and balance. Due to the movement’s orientation, it’s located at 6 o’clock and features deep grooves for easy operation.
The Corum Watches Australia Golden Bridge Rectangle is a watch that will be catering to a very specific set of watch enthusiasts, to say the least. An art-deco, gold watch with a skeletonized dial that still feels as solid as, well, a bridge blends together a real masculine view of luxury with a refinement that is abundantly and obviously made clear.
Ah, to be a collector. Nowadays, there are any number of things you can get yourself into thanks to the wide range of the Internet. Want to begin collecting golden-age comics? Start your search online. Think about something more esoteric like, say, vintage safety razors. Again, head online. Of course, the more established items, like stamps and coins, have places on the web it is possible to visit. If you want to start blending these ranges, however, then it will get a little more tricky. For 50 decades now, coin collectors have experienced a very notable watch that they might aspire to accumulate from Corum. Since we’re currently at the golden anniversary, it should be no surprise that we now have the Corum Coin Watch 50th Anniversary model.Now, we will have to give the brand a small amount of latitude when it comes to celebrating this anniversary — the very first Corum Coin Watch premiered in 1964, and of course, we’re currently in 2015 (51 years later). How to get about that little detail? Well, by using coins created in 2014. These were apparently sorted through and chosen as being prime examples of what these coins are (so, no, no “misprint” dials to be had here), and haven’t been in circulation. And, other than a hole drilled in them to find the central arbor through, there are no visible modifications into this coin.Provided the sapphire crystal up top remains in one piece, it is likely a coin which won’t ever see any other modifications or wear. As is suitable for the Corum Coin Watch, the faces of the case (36mm for the golden, 43mm for the silver) include a coin edge — perhaps the very best use of the particular finishing suggestion. In my eyes, the bezel surrounding the crystal also has the look of a coin, which gives the look, then, of simply having a coin having some lugs attached which is sitting on your own wrist.I myself’ve never been a coin collector (however, I think I have some birth-year coins wrapped around), so I am definitely not the target for the 50th Anniversary version of the Corum Coin Watch. Nevertheless, when it has to do with a watch with an overall theme, this really is about the easiest, cohesive illustration I could maintain up. If you would like to pick one up for yourself (or your own great-great grandson, according to the marketing materials), then you can either buy one separately, or get yourself a pair — as a fantastic coin collector does, I suppose. There’ll be 100 of each made available, together with all the 22kt gold version going for $22,400, and the .925 silver commanding a cost of $12,100. If you end up collecting both coins and watches, well then, I cannot think of a better watch to showcase both passions in the same time.
The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle watch comes on a brown alligator leather strap with an 18k rose gold triple-folding clasp. While there are certainly a great deal of options in the way of timepieces in its price range, the Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle watch offers something unique with its open dial and linear movement display. In a way, it shows the brand’s commitment to continuing the Golden Bridge heritage while exercising restraint that is both tasteful and progressive. The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle watch will be priced at $36,900. corum.ch