In order to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Corum has created an outstanding flying tourbillon watch that re-imagines the historic haute horlogerie complication in a profound yet quite practical manner.
Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Flying Tourbillon is housed in a recognizable Admiral’s Cup case style, with a 42mm diameter and just 13mm high. The case is crafted from 18-karat red gold and incorporates 12-sided bezel made of the same material. The dodecagonal case is designed to look elegant yet robust. The overall design seems to be lacking that certain something that makes the watch eye catching.
The case is protected with an antireflective sapphire crystal and constructed to provide water resistance of up to 50 meters (about 165 feet).
With the base plate and bridge terminating at 4 and 8 o’clock positions on both sides of the movement, the “flying” tourbillon appears to be suspended in mid-air, but actually it is tethered to the movement by the two steel slender arms that are a part of the bridge.
The base plate is finished with a fine straight graining and it is visible via a smoked sapphire dial with a red gold galvanized brand logo which is located at the 9 o’clock position. The fan-shaped retrograde date window is located above it. The date hand jumps from one day to the next, until it reaches the 31st. After that, it jumps straight back to 1, thus marking the start of a new month.
The reverse side offers a view through the sapphire display back which is equally panoramic. The beating heart of the watch is the caliber CO 016 which, instead of a conventional full rotor that would impede the view of the tourbillon, is tooled with a micro-rotor encrusted with the Corum logo in 18-karat red gold. The micro-rotor has a winding efficiency of two, which means that it can wind the mainspring to its full autonomy of 3 days (72 hours).
The 29 rubies movement oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 alternations per hour (3 Hz). Considering the fact that it powers not only the mechanism but also the rotation of the tourbillon cage, it represents an important technical achievement for Corum.
Other beauties of the new Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Flying Tourbillon can be seen through some details, such as facetted, skeletonized and gilded hour and minute hands or the poising screws of the balance wheel – a traditional feature of fine watchmaking used to optimize weight distribution around its rim.
The red gold hands are elegantly legible against the smoked gray sapphire dial. The chapter ring at the outer rim bears the 12 nautical pennants which are situated as the hour markers. They are a discreet reminder of the nautical heritage of the Admiral’s Cup.
The watch comes with an elegant crocodile leather strap in either black or brown crown, ending with a red gold togue buckle engraved with the Corum logo.
Since founding in 1955, the prestigious Swiss watch manufacturer Corum has distinguished itself as the creator of outstanding watches shaped by unorthodox ideas. This newcomer continues the tradition.