Corum - Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette
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Corum - Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette

Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette

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Mechanical exploration

With its new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette, Corum offers a full immersion into the heart of its intricate horological workings. The airy architecture of a finely openworked mechanism, together with the transparency of remarkably modern date disk and the lightness of the titanium clothing the case with its iconic lines, all contribute to earning this new model a place of its own within the world of Fine
Watchmaking.
 
Right from its launch in 1960, the Admiral’s Cup asserted itself as a frontrunner in the field of design with its powerful style emphatically defined by a twelve-sided bezel unlike any other. It was the kind of model destined to find its way through the decades with the tranquil assurance of those that have their finger firmly on the pulse of time and are able to anticipate trends. Ever since, it has consistently surprised observers by its ability to show up in consistently avant-garde compositions.
 
The new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette is no exception. At the heart of its grade 5 titanium case beats a high-precision (28,800 vph) mechanism: automatic Caliber CO 9000. For the first time, this movement with its 42-hour power reserve appears in an entirely openworked architecture that draws all eyes to explore the heart of its intricate gear trains with their resolutely contemporary finish. Its power of attraction is further heightened by the absence of a dial, while a highly original transparent date disk bearing fully visible numerals lends an even more modern touch to the overall effect.
While their base is applied on an anthracite-colored dial, the Superluminova-enhanced hourmarkers are extended to the point where they appear to be levitating around the rim of the date disk. This play on contrasts and depth effects is accentuated by the galvanic-treated inner bezel ring, duly framed by the Admiral’s Cup iconic nautical pennants. The generously sized 45 mm grade 5 titanium case with its layered construction is topped by its famous twelve-sided bezel, while black PVD inlays are strategically placed between the various elements to create an even more powerful effect. While the titanium features alternating polished surfaces and satin-brushed side plates, the sapphire crystal bears the metallized Corum logo. The equally transparent caseback offers its own perspective on the CO 9000 movement, and particularly on the finely openworked, Corum-personalized oscillating weight. Alongside its remarkable style, the case also boasts impressive water resistance to 300 meters. An extremely elegant black crocodile strap fitted with a grade 5 titanium folding clasp sets the perfect finishing touch to this new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Squelette.
 

Technical specifications

MOVEMENT
  • CO 082 - 
  • Automatic
  • Functions:  Hours, Minutes, Centre seconds, Date
  • Power reserve:  42 hours
  • Frequency:  4 Hz, 28'800 vph
  • Jewels:  27
  • Diameter:  13 ¼’’’
  • Movement finishes:  Rotor with CORUM dedicated decoration, Grey-coloured rotor, Skeletonized plate and bridges, Skeletonized rotor
CASE
  • Diameter:  45 mm
  • Material:  Titanium grade 5
  • Crystal:  Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Back:  Screwed in open back cover in titanium grade 5 with glare proof sapphire crystal
  • Thickness:  13.30 mm
  • Water resistant:  300 meters / 30 ATM
DIAL
  • Material:  No dial
  • Finish:  Hourly nautical pennants and minute-circle indexes transferred on the flange, CORUM logo transferred under the sapphire glass, Applied rhodium-coated hour indexes with white superluminova
BRACELET
  • Color:  Black
  • Material:  Crocodile leather
  • Buckle:  Triple folding clasp

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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