More and more new materials have been incorporated in watchmaking industry. Gibeon meteorite piece which dates back at around four billion years was used for the dial of Corum’s latest Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time timepiece.
Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, Corum, is known as a brand that has continuously cultivated a sense of rarity through its amazing pieces. This newcomer is produced in the limited series of only 75 specimens. Each timepiece is truly unique, with each cut revealing a different aspect of the Gibeon meteorite’s crystalline structure. The meteorite is composed of an iron-nickel alloy containing significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorus.
Meteorites which are actually the fragments of comets or asteroids that travel through space for millions or billions of years rarely reach the Earth since they usually disintegrate upon entering the atmosphere and are revealed by shooting stars observed in summer nights. One interesting fact about this meteorite is that it owes its name to the nearest town to where it landed, Gibeon, Namibia. This meteorite was officially discovered in 1836 by the Scottish explorer, J.E. Alexander.
Although Corum is not the very first watchmaker to use heavenly body for its dials, this is a very interesting timepiece that looks quite impressive. It was such a challenge for Corum artisans to make this exceptional timepiece. This material is brittle and hard to work with. It took a number of delicate completely hand-crafted operations. It was very important that surfaces of each dial were perfectly cut and finished in order not to hinder the smooth running of the watch.
Its gorgeous dial features Widmanstätten patterns which is the name for intricate figures of long nickel-iron crystals that create eye-catching visual contrasts.
A gray dial comprises applied hour markers and 5N rose gold hands filled with luminescent substance for utmost legibility in low light conditions. There are two sub-dials; the upper one, located at the 12 o’clock position is a dual-time counter, while the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock is a small seconds display. The aperture at the 3 o’clock position shows the date.
A meteorite dial is nicely framed by the well-known twelve-sided case of the Admiral’s Cup Collection. The case measures 42mm in diameter and it is shielded with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The water resistance of the case is assured down to 30 meters (100 feet).
The beating heart of the new Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend watch is the automatic CO 283 movement with a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and a 72-hour power reserve. The caliber is decorated with the Côtes de Genève finishing on its lower bridges, which is revealed through the transparent case-back, along with the oscillating weight encrusted with special Corum decorations.
This exquisite novelty comes accessorized with a black crocodile leather strap, fitted with 5N 18-karat red gold tongue buckle engraved with the Corum logo.