Corum has unveiled its timekeeper for the upcoming Only Watch charitable auction which is scheduled for the start of September in Monte Carlo. It is a special redesigned version of its Ti-Bridge 3-Days Power Reserve model which displays a harmonious contrast of materials (in this case titanium and red gold) and features intricate hand-performed engravings on the side of the case. Inspired by the auction which uses the gathered funds to fight the Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the watch by Corum displays the engravings of ancient Greek deity of medicine, Asclepius, alongside with the “serpents of wisdom” which are nowadays universally recognized as the symbol of healers and which can be seen on just about any pharmacy or hospital.
The unique model which Corum prepared for the charity event features the brand’s recognizable type of baguette movement with the distinctive and patented inline architectonics. Held in place by four bars visible from the dial side, manually-wound Caliber CO107 enables the usual indication for hours and minutes which are accompanied with the linear representation of the remainder of its three-day long power reserve. In order to have this type of indication, the caliber is equipped with a satellite gear train (which is visible only from the rear of the watch), as well as a differential system with three wheels where one of them is not in the same plain as the other two. This off-centered wheel behaves differently, depending on the direction of the rotation. In one case it is on its own axis, while in the other, it revolves around the other two and thus connects the barrel, the attached winding stem and the power reserve in an exceptionally tight space.
The watch from the Titanium Bridge lineage (also known by its shortened name Ti-Bridge which is furthermore a modern reinterpretation of the manufacturer’s famed Golden Bridge line) features just alterations in the appearance when compared to the regular model with the same name which was released two years ago. All of the supported features are the same, while the differences lay in a bit different arrangement of cross-bars that support the movement, in the materials being used and mostly in the level of the decorations.
As far as the materials are concerned, the dominant are titanium and 5N 18 K red gold which are used alternately on the tonneau-shaped case of the watch with a curved profile. The front side of the housing is titanium, while gold can be seen on the sides of the casing. Something similar is repeated on the gray anthracite dial of the Ti-Bridge timekeeper which includes gilded hands, hour markers and a power reserve indication. The previously mentioned engravings inspired by the charity initiative behind the Only Watch auction are performed in the highest of levels and naturally by hand on both sides of the case. Requiring a lot of skill and precision, the final result of master engravers is a very detailed relief which is a unique work of art, since it is done in just a single copy. The precision of the work is quite impressive, and the engraving includes details, such as scales on the serpents, veins on the leaves and a life-like face of the depicted god.
As far as the back side of the housing is concerned, it is once again made from titanium, but there is also a transparent section. Apart from the inscriptions which state that the watch is made in Switzerland and that it is a unique piece, the case back also includes the words “Asclepius and the Allegory of the Medicine”. Naturally, each of these inscriptions is written in French. For the attachment, Corum selected a leather strap with a rubber-like appearance which fastens with a titanium folding clasp with having two safety pushers.