Corum - Golden Bridge Black Titanium
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
Corum - Golden Bridge Black Titanium

Golden Bridge Black Titanium

Corum

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In 2010, Corum celebrates the 30th anniversary of its legendary Golden Bridge movement. When Corum created the Golden Bridge in 1980, did its founder René Bannwart imagine that he had just launched a model that was not only a mainstay one of the pillars of his company, but also an icon of Swiss watch making? The remarkable design of this timepiece, all in transparency, was certainly in line with the brand philosophy whose intent was to position itself in the forefront of the Swiss Watch industry. This model reached an area of the watchmaking industry where very few watchmaking manufacturers had chosen to venture: the creation of the "baguette" movement. Thirty years later, this movement, which has since become legendary, remains an exceptional achievement and a unique watchmaking expression. Composed of 140 elements arranged in a parallelepiped rectangle 33 mm in length, 3 mm in width and less than 5 mm thick; a masterpiece of micromechanics offering a balance wheel with variable inertia, a barrel with slipping spring, power reserve of 40 hours, 4 hertz frequency ensuring reliability and precision, and hand-engraved bridges and plate made of fine gold. At this level of miniaturization, there are few other competitors.

Technical specifications

Case
  • Grade 5 titanium with black PVD
Diameter
  • 34 x 51 mm
Mouvement
  • CO113
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes
 
Bracelet
  • Black alligator
Special
  • The caliber composed of 140 elements arranged in a parallelepiped rectangle 33 mm in length, 3 mm in width and less than 5 mm thick!

Who's who

Corum has a certain degree of unpredictability that many watch lovers find attractive. Present-day Corums are nothing like those that have gone before, and it’s impossible to predict what Corum’s effervescent CEO Antonio Calce has in mind for the years to come. The brand is independent in many ways – something that has not escaped Laurent Picciotto’s attention. “Thirty years ago, Corum was the brand that produced timepieces featuring peacock feathers, Rolls Royce badges and dollar bills. That wasn’t necessarily to everybody’s taste – but it showed that it was a brand with an independent mindset and culture, unafraid to go its own way and unfazed by prevailing design codes.” One of the items developed by Corum was more of an entry-level timepiece, but one connoisseurs will still remember – the Bubble. This item made a watchmaking brand accessible for a number of watch lovers – but in doing so, torpedoed the prestige positioning Corum had established for itself. Over the next twenty years, Corum concentrated on recovering its credibility on the haute horlogerie market. It was during this comeback that Chronopassion wagered on the brand’s success, notably when Corum offered such daring models as the Golden Bridge and the Ti-Bridge. “The Golden Bridge Lady was a model that went down really well with our female clientele,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “The brand is now developing very fine complicated timepieces, including tourbillons and minute repeaters. We have high hopes of the brand for the future.” Corum has been in Chronopassion showcases since 2009 – and is not about to be ousted. Journalist : Olivier Müller

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