Corum's micro-wonder Golden Bridge completes three decades with new interpretations
By: LF Team
Posted on: April 6, 2010
When Corum had created the Golden Bridge in 1980, it had raised a lot of eyebrows in the watch industry. The Golden Bridge became one of the pillars of Corum and an icon of Swiss watchmaking. The remarkable design of the first Golden Bridge watch conformed to the brand philosophy and positioned Corum at the forefront of the Swiss watch industry. This brilliantly crafted mechanism is composed of 140 elements arranged in a parallelepiped rectangle 33 mm in length, 3 mm in width and less than 5 mm thick. It has a balance wheel with variable inertia, power reserve of 40 hours, 4 hertz frequency ensuring reliability and precision, and hand-engraved bridges and plate made of fine gold. Corum found few competitors against this masterpiece of micromechanics. The Golden Bridge mechanism has become one of the most successful stories of Corum. In 2010, Corum celebrates the 30th anniversary of its legendary Golden Bridge movement, with two spectacular timepieces.
Miss Golden Bridge
The exquisite Miss Golden Bridge is a feminine expression of the Golden Bridge mechanism. Until now, women in search of a Golden Bridge watch had to make their selection from the masculine models or the high jewellery pieces. In the Miss Golden Bridge watch, the movement is housed in a unique new case. The case, open above, below and also on its sides, gives a transparent effect and allows the movement to be admired from all sides. It has a slender and curved tonneau shape. The hand-stitched alligator strap integrates perfectly into the case.
The wheels in motion seem to dance between two slender bridges made of fine gold and adorned with engravings replicating the shape of tree ferns from the Jura region in France. The hands are made of the same gold as the case: 18 carat white gold or red gold. Miss Golden Bridge will be available in limited edition of 333 pieces a year. The timepiece will be available in 18 carat white or red gold, in non-set and set versions with 90 full-cut size diamonds.
Golden Bridge for men
For the 30th anniversary of the famous Golden Bridge model, Corum rewrote the codes of this already outstanding timepiece. The dial in the new Golden Bridge model is arranged, not in front of the movement as traditional, but behind it. The watch comes in four precious materials: yellow gold, red gold, white gold and platinum. Each of them is dressed with various dial finishes and colours. Depending on the version, black, dark gray, light gray or golden, the dials are decorated with a vertical or sunburst guilloché, and with faceted appliques for the index. The movement bridges are presented in 18 carat yellow gold, red gold or white gold as per the chosen dial and material. This watch is also produced in limited editions, between 33 and 133 pieces. The caseback and the dial both have openings, giving visibility to the caliber CO113. An observer, however, will not fail to notice that this opening also takes the shape of a lock, which is a tribute to the key, the emblem of the brand Corum.
These marvelous masterpieces will be showcased at the BaselWorld 2010 watch and jewellery show in March.
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