The longer the retro-watch kick endures, the longer I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand many of the pieces bore me into a comatose like state where all I can think about is how the slathering of modern luxury values on vintage tool-pieces feels wholly unsavory. On the other hand, there is a sort of freshness, in the revival of classic designs that are good not because they are classic, but because they were so entirely focused on a smooth blending of both form and function at the time.
Rarely do you see a vintage piece with hands which are too short or completely preposterous design features. Purism with a hint of class was the predominant aesthetic choice back a couple of generations ago. In today’s sea of retro-themed watches I see the good and the bad. The high-end and wannabe high-brow. To be honest I wish there were less of these watches, and that brands would focus more on having fun and making unique watches rather than playing follow-the-leader after they just finished a speech on how they were the first to do everything and overly using the term “audacious.” In fact, my new rule to watch brands (and yes, I not speaking directly to all the European brands) is stop using the term “audacious” or “audacity.” I don’t care what you think it means or what the dictionary says, but to us native English speakers, it more or less means “rude.” So stop proudly claiming how you, your watch makers, and your brand’s founders are so unapologetically audacious.
Now that I have got that off my chest I can tell you that I quite like this new limited edition Corum Tourbillon Watches Replica watch. It doesn’t matter to me that it is based on a vintage design, what I care about is that I really like the design. The Grand Precis (precious? precise?) is a 38.5mm wide watch available in 18k red or white gold. The classic looking case has a bit of pizzazz The lines are a nice mixture of straight angles and nice curves. I particularly like how the lugs angle inwards. The dial is a triumph of design goodness from days long past. You know what seals the deal for me? The cross-hairs, those totally make the dial.
The dial is vertically brushed and done in a champagne color. The light texture is welcome and I love the bare bones subsidiary seconds dial. Hands are dauphine and not too short. They not only go with the dial nicely and offer excellent legibility, but fit with the theme nicely. Just a great design (from the past).
Another element I really like is the movement. It is the Corum CO162 manually wound caliber. It isn’t anything super special from a complication standpoint, but I love the design of the bridges. It is isn’t exactly modern, but more 1960’s futuristic – which is a nice departure from the same movement style and decoration we see all the time.
For those who want a nice classic piece with some tradition and a particularly smooth design, the Corum Grand Precis is a nice rare find. Corum will offer 100 pieces in 18k red gold and 50 pieces in 18k white gold. Look for them a bit later this year.
Tech Specs for the Grand Precis limited edition watch from Corum:
Movement CO12 – Hand-wound
Functions: Hour, minute, small second
Power Reserve 38 hours
Frequency: 2.5 Hz, 18’000 vibrations per hour
Finish: Satin-finish bridges
Dimension: 38.5 mm
Materials: 18kt red gold 5N or 18kt white gold case
18kt red gold 5N or 18kt white gold crown
Corum is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer and was founded in 1955. The most popular watch series is that the Admiral’s Cup but Corum Bubble Watch Value Replica has also had success with the coin watch for example. This timepiece was introduced in the 1960s and was famous because of its manual wind or quartz movement within a $20 or a $10 coin. Corum is also admired for world premiers where every year limited versions are sold out soon once they are available on the industry. Severin Wunderman obtained Corum in 2000. This past year, the Swiss manufacturer introduced a redesigned version in a more traditional round case. At this year’s Baselworld watch honest, Corum introduced yet another variation of the Golden Bridge, at a brand new, Art Deco-influenced square instance. Here’s a look.The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle, like its round-cased predecessor, is the brainchild of renowned designer Dino Modolo. The baguette-shaped, linear-oriented, manual-winding movement, Caliber CO113, is observable in the center of the open air and boasts a high amount of engraving and finishes on its 18k gold bridges and plate. It’s surrounded on either side by 18k gold structures representing six Roman numerals whose curved shapes and rivets call into mind the structure of a bridge. The movement’s timekeeping works are on full display, together with all the spring barrel at 6 o’clock feeding power into the escapement in 12 o’clock.
6-screw open back cover with anti-reflective treatment
Thickness: 10.25 mm
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Water-resistance: 30 meters
Color: Champagne with vertical brushed
Distinctive features: 5N red gilded or white gold coated applied indexes
5N red gilded or white gold coated applied CORUM key
Charcoal grey minute circle transferred on the dial
CORUM logo transferred on the dial
Grand Precis logo transferred on the dial
Distinctive features: Red gold 5N or white gold coated “dauphine” type skeleton hour and minute hands with superluminova
Red gold 5N or white gold coated baton small second hand
Materials: Crocodile leather strap
Buckle: 18kt red gold 5N or 18kt white gold tongue buckle
Year of creation 2011
Limited Edition 100 pieces in 18kt red gold 5N, 50 pieces in 18kt white gold