Corum has just launched two limited edition Golden Bridge watches, combining the iconic French elongated movement with 16 cables similar to a suspension bridge. The brand’s Golden Bridge series was first introduced in 1980, but it wasn’t until 2016 that vertical movement and architectural themes were used for round cases. The prototype of the linear movement first appeared in 1977. This series has always used watches as a “display cabinet” for the movement, rather than simply filling it with containers. Let’s take a look at these new architectural watches.
The latest work is called Corum Golden Bridge Art Deco Round 43. It is inspired by the world’s largest suspension bridge, including France’s Millau Viaduct, Øresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, Malaysia’s 13.6 km Penang Bridge and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. In Japan.
Corum Golden Bridge’s 43rd Art Deco-style 43mm case is grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment and polished bezel. There is no dial, because the narrow vertical movement just hangs in the center of the case, hanging at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively. The baton hour and minute hands are located in the center of the movement, leaving enough empty space to peep through the crystal. Four symmetrical series of brass cables (two on each side) work in conjunction with the movement to create the beauty of a suspension bridge (as if the movement itself is the carriageway).
This is the situation after the round of the Golden Bridge, with beams on both sides of the box, similar to the road deck construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The inwardly inclined minute track applies a simple index every five minutes, and the brand name is applied at 12 o’clock (with two Corum key logos on both sides). There are sapphire crystals on the front and back, and sapphire straps on both sides of the case to maximize the view of the movement and the cable. A flat knurled crown is engraved at 6 o’clock, with the Corum logo printed on it, and the case is water resistant to 30 meters.
The star of the show is the hand-wound rectangular bread-shaped CO113 movement. Its slender vertical profile makes the 360-degree field of view a worthy work of art. It has 19 jewels, beats at 28,800 vph (4 Hz), and has a 40-hour power reserve. The function is limited to central hours and minutes. The finishing is conservative, with some patterns and hand-carved brand names. The movement, cable and crown are coated with gold or rhodium. Both versions come with a black 22mm (to 18mm) vulcanized rubber strap and a grade 5 titanium tri-fold clasp. 1:1 Quality Replica wathes