Corum - Golden Bridge Automatic
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Corum - Golden Bridge Automatic

Golden Bridge Automatic

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Golden Bridge Automatic

The mechanical Golden Bridge movement made a strong impact right from the time ofits first presentation in 1980. Introduced in 2011 for the very first time is an automatic version – with linear winding – it heralds a new era in the legend of this unique movement. The exclusive new Corum Caliber C0313, an automatic linear-winding baguette movement, called for over four years of development and laboratory testing to verify the materials, the frictional forces and the physics of the winding mechanism. Equipped with a linear oscillating weight made in platinum and visible from both sides of the case, along with a slipping spring mechanism, this Golden Bridge movement beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and is endowed with a 40-hour power reserve. To accommodate this exceptional caliber, the new Golden Bridge Automatic has a new tonneau-shaped case in white gold, slightly curved to ensure optimal comfort on the wrist. It features alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces, and provides superb views of the Golden Bridge self-winding movement – not only from both dial and case-back, but also from each of the sides. Fitted with a crocodile leather strap fastened by a gold buckle, the Corum Golden Bridge Automatic was issued in limited production runs in 2011 comprising 70 in white gold.

Technical specifications

Case
  • White gold
Dimensions
  • 37.2 x 51.8 mm
Caliber
  • CO313 Automtic
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes
Strap
  • Black crocodile
Special
  • The automatic linear-winding baguette movement!

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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