Since it was founded in 1955, Corum has kept a culture of design and a commitment to innovation. Its avant garde approach has led to the creation of some bold icons, such as the Coin watch, Bubble, Admiral and most significantly, the Golden Bridge.
Undoubtedly the watchmaker’s most cherished icon, the Golden Bridge watch is distinguished by its fascinating baguette shape movement.
First introduced in 1980, it is regarded as a fine example of contemporary watchmaking, captivating fans of haute horlogerie at a time when its values were threatened by the quartz crisis.
Developed in collaboration with renowned Italian watchmaker Vincent Calabrese, the unique linear movement made its grand unveil in 1980 at Basel Fair.
The intricately engraved gold movement features a linear gear train ensconced in a facetted sapphire crystal case that allowed for an unobstructed view.
In the decades that followed, there have been several iterations of the Golden Bridge, all of which pay tribute to the watchmaker’s technical prowess.
To mark the 30th anniversary of this extraordinary calibre, Corum unveils a feminine expression presented in a slender and curved tonneau shaped sapphire crystal case. The horns were removed so the strap would integrate perfectly into the case like a cuff watch, while the winding crown at 6 o’clock accentuates the refined character of this contemporary and elegant case.
Combining its watchmaking expertise and dedication to time-honoured watchmaking crafts, the Golden Bridge Dragon shows an imperial dragon protectively guarding the hand-wound CO 113 movement, a worthy descendant of the first ever baguette movement introduced by Corum in 1980.
Housed in a round case for the first time ever, the famous in-line baguette movement sits between two engraved bridges that are shaped after the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Building on the success of Golden Bridge Round is this daring execution that combines the unique architecture of Corum’s baguette movement with the allure of precious gemstones. The bridge appears sandwiched between stones set in a gold lacework that extends across the movement. Just the gem setting alone demanded a day and a half of work.
The first Corum watch to feature a metallic decoration on its sapphire case back, this collaboration with acclaimed composer and pianist Joachim Horsley depicts an extract from the original score of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Clients who purchased the Golden Bridge Rectangle were also offered the opportunity to personalise their own unique piece with an engraving of a different score, motif, letters, or coat of arms.
Corum’s Golden Bridge celebrates its 40th anniversary with two special models bearing the original case shape as the original one from 1980. The white gold version features a case bearing engraved acanthus and fern plants, a tribute to the “Style Sapin” design that originated in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In the rose gold version, an original “Limited Edition 1 of 40” inscription is engraved inside the watch case while Corum’s symbol, the key, is featured repeatedly on the sapphire crystal.
The most significant development however, took place in 2011 when Corum launched Golden Bridge Automatic, the world’s first linear-winding automatic movement. More than 30 years since the introduction of the Golden Bridge, Corum finally adds the first automatic mechanical movement to the iconic collection.
The world’s first
Four years in the making, the floating linear movement features a platinum oscillating weight that slides up and down on rails. The 194-part linear structure also features a variable inertia balance wheel for long-term precision, a miniaturised barrel and main plate, as well as bridges made of 18k gold.
THE SHAPES, RIVETS,
OF A BRIDGE
In 2021, Corum celebrates the 10th anniversary of Golden Bridge Automatic with the new and refreshed Golden Bridge Avant Garde collection.
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Offered in black DLC grade 5 titanium tonneau-shaped cases, these shiny new watches are sized slightly larger than their predecessor and are the true embodiment of 21st century watchmaking.
Each watch features a panoramic sapphire case made in-house from a single piece of sapphire crystal that extends from the top to the sides of the watch. The elegant Caliber C0313 can be admired from all angles and stands conspicuously against the smoked sapphire caseback.
A game-changing selfwinding movement equipped with a platinum oscillating weight, a variable inertia balance wheel, a miniaturised barrel and main plate, as well as bridges made of 18k gold. It has a frequency of 4Hz and a power reserve of 40 hours.
SUSPENDED IN AIR
A newly invented floating harness system for its hand-applied indexes serves both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Linked to the movement base and supported by a discrete black frame, it allows the markers to appear like they are floating in space.
Some 40 years since Corum introduced its legendary Golden Bridge and 10 years since its revolutionary Golden Bridge Automatic, Corum celebrates another milestone with the new Golden Bridge Avant Garde.