Corum of La Chaux-de-Fonds is a small batch of art known for its “Bubbles”, “Feathers”, “Coins” and Dodecagon Admiral’s Cup series of sports watches. However, the Corum Bridge collection is the basis for the brand’s stated Haute Horlogerie street cred. Like the original 1980 “Golden Bridge”, the Corum Bridge Ti-Bridge Tourbillon makes a remarkable statement about Corum’s in-house watchmaking acumen.
Consider what the Corum Ti-Bridge tourbillon stands for; it’s a gold bridge reimagined in titanium, and a flying tourbillon reimagined as a sports watch. This avant-garde complication is not only a great affront to tradition, but provides the Holy Grail for lovers of watchmaking’s most prestigious complications. You can wear a tourbillon in any outfit every day.
Corum launched its first Ti-Bridge model in 2009, followed by the bolder Ti-Bridge tourbillon in 2010. In addition to grafting the tourbillon to the in-house Ti-Bridge movement, making the caliber CO 22 bypasses the more common tourbillons of flying tourbillon mechanisms. The flying tourbillon was an innovation of the early 20th century that omitted the bridge structure on the visible side of the tourbillon cage. It’s harder to execute and more spectacular.
Corum’s Ti-Bridge fake case offers a spacious gallery to showcase the main attractions. Equipped with a hairspring rectangular bridge, skeletonized struts, and linear drivetrain, the CO-22 is an open book that can be read carefully with a magnifying glass, a speculum, or even the naked eye. Like its predecessor, the Golden Bridge, the Ti-Bridge is a linear display of the individual components that make up the mechanical essence of the Swiss lever movement.
Literally, power is transferred from the winding crown at three o’clock to the rotating carriage of the flying tourbillon at nine o’clock. The twin mainspring barrels flank the movement and provide a three-day (72-hour) power reserve. Although the alloy that underpins this impressive watchmaking network is PVD coated and officially known as “ARCAP”, its chemical composition is very similar to the famous “German silver”, a type of silver used for vintage A product of A. Lange & Sohne, a nickel-copper alloy famous for watches and modern watches.
Corum’s mechanical ballet rotates on a stage surrounded by an aggressive and ergonomic titanium casing. The original gold bridge was a small prism resembling a fragile crystal casing, while the titanium bridge crossed the wrist in a confident Richard Mille tonneau-shaped gesture. fashion replica watches
Although the lug-to-lug distance is not less than 51mm and the width is not less than 42mm, the curved caseback of the Corum Titanium Bridge Tourbillon allows it to be securely mounted on wrists as small as 15cm. The titanium case is dominated by a brushed finish to keep the attention firmly on the mechanical centerpiece, but the bronze-grey form of the titanium bridges is just as striking. Also, the exotic metal wears a glow on the wrist.
A fine black alligator leather strap combines with a durable deployant clasp for safety and comfort. The anchor point of the strap starts before the borders of the case lugs, so its downward bend starts before the edge of the case; small wrists benefit. The soft calfskin underside of the Corum strap is a pleasure to all wrists, and the tank-like construction of the double-trigger double-deployment clasp meets the standards of Corum’s flagship model.
Want more? You got it right; the Corum Ti-Bridge Tourbillon has full shock protection on the tourbillon cage and 5 ATM water resistance on the case. Both are rare in a complication of this type, but combined, the refined tandem is remarkable. Combined with the powerful anti-magnetic and corrosion-resistant properties of the ARCAP movement, it’s clear that the Corum Ti-Bridge tourbillon is designed to be enjoyed by people, not babies. Indeed, this is the tourbillon for collectors who believe that watches are made to wear. Breguet – men, not brands – would love it.