Corum - Corum Heritage Coin Watch
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Corum - Corum Heritage Coin Watch

Corum Heritage Coin Watch

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Corum Heritage Coin Watch

A gilt-edged tradition

 

Since the 1960s, Corum has delighted collectors of rare coins by setting a magnificent stage for them inside watches. In keeping with this longstanding tradition, the firm based in La Chaux-de- Fonds presents a new creation featuring an over century-old 10-dollar coin as a dial: the Heritage Coin Watch!

 

At the dawn of the 20th century, the United States put into circulation a limited number of gold coins bearing the effigy of an Indian chief, offering a journey back to the roots of the nation. In 1986, Corum transformed a handful of these coins into timepieces radiating a fascinating aura. The brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds is now introducing another series of these testimonies to American history. In keeping with its original technique, it has split these 22K 5N yellow gold coins in half, with one part forming a dial and the other the back of the Heritage Coin Watch.

 

On the front, the splendor of the eagle feathers forming the headdress of the valiant Indian is accentuated by traditional enameling. Successively fired at temperatures of more than 700°C, the blue, white and red colors were gradually revealed in this vibrant tribute to the star-spangled banner. On the back, the original engravings on the coin celebrate another quintessential American symbol: the majestic bald eagle found on the Great Seal of the United States of America.

This rare and precious coin is magnificently framed by an 18kt 3N yellow gold mechanical movement.

As if to prolong the original engraving on the inner bezel ring, its case middle forms a slender fluted motif recalling the distinctive crown adorned with an approx. 0.17-carat white diamond, the iconic signature of Corum coin watches.

 

Although hidden by the 22kt 3N yellow gold case-back, the mechanical movement beating at the heart of this elegant timepiece ensures remarkable precision with its 28,800 vibrations per hour and its 42- hour power reserve. Lending the ultimate touch of nobility to this Heritage Coin Watch, the black crocodile leather strap is fitted with an 18K 3N yellow gold pin buckle.

Technical specifications

HERITAGE ARTISANS COIN WATCH INDIAN HEAD
 
MOVEMENT
  • Movement number: CO 082
  • Winding system: Automatic
  • Functions: Hour & Minute
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
  • Dimension: 11 1/2'''
  • Rubies: 21
  • Movement finishes: Rotor with CORUM dedicated decoration
DIAL
  • Material: 22kt 3N yellow gold coin
  • Distinctive features: CORUM logo engraved on the flange •
  • Indian Head in enamel
CASE
  • Shape: Round
  • Dimension: 36 mm
  • Thickness: 6.40 mm
  • Case material: 3N 18kt yellow gold
  • Crown material: 3N 18kt yellow gold : 1 Round diamonds :  ~ 0.17 ct
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Back type: 22kt 3N yellow gold coin
  • Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM
HANDS
  • Hour and minute: Baton  Black-coloured
BRACELET
  • Material: Crocodile leather
  • Colours: Black
  • Interhorn/Buckle: 19/16 mm
  • Buckle type: Tongue buckle
  • Buckle material: 18kt 3N yellow gold

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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