High Grade Corum – Bronze: Corum takes it to the next level Replica Wholesale Center

High Grade Corum – Bronze: Corum takes it to the next level Replica Wholesale Center
January 22 15:29 2018 Print This Article

Some people have good ideas. Others take those ideas and carry them further, pushing the limits of what is possible. That might well sum up the fate of the bronze watch. An archetypal marine material turned fashion phenomenon, this metal – an alloy, in fact – has the defining characteristic of changing when it comes into contact with corrosive elements, the most common of which are salt from sweat and sea water. The colour of bronze begins as a lustrous yellow, tinged with red depending on how much copper is present, but develops a patina along with the characteristic spots of verdigris.
Legions of timepieces made of “clean” bronze have recently been released, notably by Anonimo, Tudor and Panerai. The watch is delivered as new, and the patina builds up over time, creating a unique and personal object that reflects its wearer’s lifestyle. Most recently, Bell & Ross came up with the artfully distressed BR 01 SKULL Patina 1120, created in association with Chronopassion, which was aged to the extreme. At least, that’s what everyone thought.
Could do better
Now, the torch has passed to Corum, which is hoping to provide the definitive last word on the subject with its Admiral AC-One 45 Chronograph Bronze. Following on from natural bronze and verdigris, this watch goes even further, sporting a brown patina akin to the final stage of corrosion of a watch that has spent decades, maybe even centuries, underwater, but was rescued just before the metal really started to disintegrate.

This result is achieved on a piece-by-piece basis. In this way, Corum preserves the uniqueness that is a feature of bronze timepieces. The procedure is undertaken by an external craftsman, who corrodes the material to the maximum extent, before stabilising it with an invisible coating, stopping the corrosion in its tracks. At this point, the case is also perfectly smooth, ensuring it is comfortable to wear.

Montres en bronze: l’épilogue signé Corum

© Corum

Tick tock teak
Corum has chosen to complete the look with a teak dial. This wood is one of the signature features of the collection, which also has the traditional 12 pennants as indices, and the dodecagonal bezel. The choice of teak is anything but random – it is the wood traditionally used for yacht decking. Here, it is left in its natural ruddy chestnut hue, accentuated by Corum’s decision to select wood with a particularly prominent grain, which adds to the illusion of the watch being some kind of ancient relic. The painting on the dial is thus appropriately worn-looking (this is entirely intentional), and the subdials and markings are all charmingly irregular. The 12 pennant hour markers, however, are crisp and clear. Rather than distressing them to match the rest of the dial, the designers have chosen to ensure they remain eye-catchingly visible. 
We really surfaced the Seafender versions of this Admiral’s Cup watches if the Seafender 47 Tourbillon GMT was released in 2011. At 47mm wide, Corum Watches Prices South Africa Replica decided it was fitting in the yacht watch collection to produce an aluminum-cased tourbillon. There was likewise an 18k red gold version. While those Seafender Tourbillons are admittedly intriguing, I simply find no company putting them inside of Admiral’s Cup-style cases. It isn’t a matter of good or bad though it is not for me, it is more a thing than it twists the DNA of the Admiral’s Cup set so much it’s all but lost any meaning.On newspaper, the Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronograph Tourbillon 47 Seafender sounds like a worthy thought. It’s a bunch of interesting features and slick materials like the sum of its parts could actually be tremendously provocative. Instead, we’ve got a watch built such as a Cadillac that contrasts using an Abrams tanks. These worlds of competitive luxury boating and luxury complications simply don’t meld together properly in my eyes.Rather than mate a tourbillon using a GMT complication, this Seafender marries a tourbillon and a chronograph – again using a dial to get the date. Powering the watch is your caliber CO 398 automatic that’s pretty wonderful. If you recall what I said about the initial Corum Seafender view it had been that the movement perspective looked better than the dial. The caliber CO 398 is rare, having an automatic for a tourbillon, also on top of that, it’s a tourbillon that works at 4 Hz. The 60 minute chronograph is column-wheel established, along with the dial features a nice window to the tourbillon (with a Corum key logo on it). This dial is much more written than the Seafender GMT, but that version with the tiny round-cut diamonds really in the sub dials simply doesn’t do it for me. Allow me to ask you, although I do feel there’s a place for diamonds within an Admiral’s Cup case (particularly baguette-cut ones)… are they really helping anybody by being on the dial just like this?

The Admiral AC-One 45 Chronograph is automatic, with a power reserve of 42 hours and a depth rating of 300 metres. The crystal and caseback of the bronze case are in anti-reflective sapphire, and the watch is fitted with a brown calfskin strap with triple-folding clasp.

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