Corum - Corum bubble roulette
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Corum - Corum bubble roulette

Corum bubble roulette

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Corum bubble roulette

Lady Luck smiled on Corum when it first introduced the iconic Bubble in the year 2000. A runaway bestseller, the Bubble made its surprising return last year. Corum continues to celebrate its emblematic timepiece with Bubble Gaming, a series that is a nod to the first Bubble, reviving themes that became a signature of the original, like the roulette wheel and joker. 

The Bubble Gaming series is made up of five limited edition timepieces: Bubble 8 Ball, Bubble Casino Chip, Bubble Dice, Bubble Joker and Bubble Roulette. Each is limited to just 88 pieces – “8” is phonetically similar to “luck” in many Chinese dialects – in a 47 mm stainless steel case topped by a massive, domed sapphire crystal. But the very last watch of each edition – the 88th timepiece and perhaps the luckiest – is a one-of-a-kind creation in steel complemented by red gold bezel. 

Both the Bubble 8 Ball and Roulette are distinguished by their specially constructed, three-dimensional dials. The Bubble 8 Ball features a relief eight-ball, rising from the surface of the dial and echoing the curve of the sapphire crystal. Even more intricate is the dial of the Bubble Roulette, which takes the form of a roulette table, complete with tiny frets and a ball at the tip of the seconds hand. 

 

Technical specifications

Bubble Roulette

Reference L082/02958 - 082.310.20/0371 CA01

Limited Edition 287/288 watches

Movement : Caliber CO082 - Automatic watch

Functions Hours, minutes, sweep-seconds hand

Power reserve 42 hours

Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vph

Size 11 ½"'

Jewels 21

Case : Size 47 mm,  Thickness 18.50 mm,  Material Stainless steel,  Glass Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Caseback Sapphire crystal back with anti-reflective treatment

Water resistance 100 m / 10 ATM

Dial : Material Brass Colour Roulette typeBubble Roulette

Hands : Shape Leaf-type, openworked + seconds hand tipped with a roulette ball

Material Brass Distinctive feature Rhodium-plated

Strap : Material Alligator with rubber lining Color Black

Lug width 20/20 mm

Buckle : Material Stainless steel Type of buckle Pin buckle

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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