DIAMONDS AND GEOMETRY
Corum, the company based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, offers a new, precious setting to showcase their famous baguette movement
As long as the Golden Bridge watch has existed, you might be so bold as to say that it has essentially concentrated on unconventional, barrel-shaped cases, whose curved rectangular shape contrasted with the linear nature of their movements. This year, Corum has decided to give the watch a new case, more conformist and traditional, without becoming banal, even so – a bubble of gold through which the famous calibre appears in all its splendour, rimmed with a double row of diamonds: Lady Golden Bridge Round.
Six models set with precious stones make up this new family of watches – three in rose gold and three in white gold, including a “Rainbow” version topped with a bezel set with coloured stones. This version presents a sparkling rainbow of translucid pastel colours, made up of sapphires (blue, pink, yellow and cognac), soft green tsavorite garnets and sky-blue aquamarines. Apart from the bezel on the Rainbow model, all the 39mm cases are covered in brilliant-cut white diamonds, on the bezel and the lugs.
The absence of a dial and the transparency of the Lady Golden Bridge Round’s sapphire-crystal back allow an unobstructed view of the horizontal CO113 calibre, manufactured by Corum. This mechanical, manual wind movement, engraved with scrolls that partially hide the golden inner workings, gives the display of the hours and minutes its rhythm, while providing a 40-hour power reserve.
The dial of the Lady Golden Bridge Round is surrounded by a band of diamonds all along the chapter ring, while the two slightly curved bridges surrounding the baguette calibre are also set with precious stones. Two semi-circles designed in translucid, coloured resin (emerald, azure, navy, pastel pink or red), pleated like fans, extend from the 10 o’clock to the 2 o’clock positions, and from the 4 o’clock to the 8 o’clock positions. Cut-outs form the silhouette of the hour markers and the Roman numerals 6 and 12, swept by a pair of baton-shaped silver or golden hands.
Price: 49,200 CHF (rose gold) – 54,700 CHF (white gold) – 55,700 CHF (Rainbow)
By Sharmila Bertin