Among the novelties from the Admiral’s Cup series, Corum has presented new AC-One 45 Squelette, the first and only skeletonized sports watch with a large date display. The Corum’s novel piece follows the visible trend of pieces with transparent sections and puts together a peculiar set of traits, since it features a skeletonized movement which is combined with high water resistance to 300 meters. The use of titanium (which is in the combination with the layered structure) – the most important reason for such high waterpoofness is as well not that common for a skeltonized timekeeper. Nor it is the present oversized aperture-style date display which utilizes numerals of two concentric discs that are shown on its skeleton face. In fact, this peculiar solution with a large sized date display which is partially caused by the shape of the 12-sided case, makes new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette the world’s first skeletonized sports watch with a large date.
Original Date Display Fills the Gaps
Probably the first thing that captures one’s attention when he looks at this newcomer is its date display and two adjoined discs with numerals. These discs are utilized to display the date in an aperture at the six o’clock where the shown numeral of the inner circle stands on the top of the one from the outer skeletonized disc. In concert, these two numerals indicate the current date. However, this sort of construction is not only used to create an interesting or unusual type of calendar indication. Partially, this was also caused by the decision to skeletonize a piece from the Admiral’s Cup series. The collection is recognized by its peculiar 12-angled shaped casings which are equipped with the movements that do not have the same basis. Since there would be quite notable amount of empty space on the periphery that surrounds the revealed movement of the newcomer, Corum’s designers came up with a solution. The idea was to use a date mechanism that would not only fill the blanks, but at the same time serve as the means in the creation of a watch with a unique set of traits.
By the way, the movement in question is self-winding CO 082 movement with 27 jewels. It runs on the frequency of 4 Hz and it is 13 ¼ lignes wide, while its power reserve lasts for 42 hours. This caliber with all of its components was completely designed in-house. However, all of the components were not produced within the production facilities of the brand which is why it is not a true manufacture movement in the strictest sense. When it comes to the finishing, the caliber features skeletonized plate, bridges and rotor. Additionally, its gray-colored rotor comes with the brand’s logo decoration.
The case of Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette which is 45 mm wide and 13.3 mm thick is made in a recognizable manner of the collection. It includes several layers of metal in the construction and the presence of a dodecagonal-shaped fixed bezel. One of the layers that spreads all the way to the crown protector of the piece is treated with PVD coating and is in black shade. The material of these elements is exclusively grade 5 titanium which received a combination of mirror-polished and satin-brushed finishes on its front and sides, respectively. For the crystal and the transparent segment of the case-back, Corum used a sapphire (which is on the front side treated with anti-reflective coating). In the efforts to reveal its movement as much as possible, the timepiece does not have a traditional dial at all. Instead, it only includes a flange with nautical pennants, minute indices that are treated with Supeluminova coating for an improved visibility, as well as applied hour markers of the same kind. Apart from three central hands, the only other visible detail on the face is the brand’s logo transferred on the sapphire in order to give it an appearance of three-dimensionality.
For the bracelet of Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette newcomer, Corum chose a black crocodile leather strap which locks with a triple folding clasp.