This past summer, we here at ATimeyPerspective were the first to break the news of an all-new Corum Golden Bridge watch that the company quietly released. Thanks to a unique formation of a vertical baguette movement, two suspension points and skinny cables, the watch is truly incredible. Now that it is out in stores, we revisit this beauty with another look at what makes it so special.
First Impressions of the Golden Bridge Round 43 Art Deco
I’m going to get this out of the way up front. This watch is striking. If you were a lover of the Corum Golden Bridges watches that have been a signature of the company for decades — always evolving and being re-invented — you will love the version. Instead of thick cables, the new 43mm Art Deco inspired with features super thin cables that run from the movement to the outer edges — allowing for an optimum view inside. For a retail price of $23,800, this watch is a steal.
With straight-on views that recall the finest suspension bridges in the world, Corum hits a home run with this watch. There are two versions being offered and it is difficult to decide which I would most want. Both are crafted in black DLC titanium, but one features 5N gold-coated brass cables, while the other features rhodium-plated brass.
The Watch Architecture
The architecture of the watch offers an aesthetic dimension that is at once subtle and yet somehow bold. The mechanics — the stunning vertical baguette movement — is further enhanced in this timepiece.
The manual-wind movement, CO 113, is a legend for the brand. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offering 40 hours of power reserve, it is so beautifully finished that one can’t help but continually discover it. Thanks to a sapphire crystal and caseback, the movement is totally visible, allowing the wearer to admire the fine hand finishing and engraving of the components.
The suspended cables are comprised of 16 pieces in brass that run from the movement to a stopping point beneath the outer flange. It is designed to recall some of the largest bridges ever built: the Millau Viaduct in France, the famous Øresund Bridge that connects Denmark to Sweden, Malaysia’s 13.5km-long Penang Bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, and more.
Sadly, the watches are being made in limited numbers. Each version is being created in a limited edition of 188 pieces — each with a black rubber strap. If I were you, I’d put your order in now.
Technical Specs of the Corum Golden Bridge Round 43 Art Deco
Movement number: CO 113 Winding system: Manual Functions: Hour & Minute Power reserve: 40 hours Frequency: 4 Hz, 28’800 vph Dimension: 14 3/4”’ x 5”’ Rubies: 19
Movement finishes: Bridges and plate in 18kt gold •CORUM logo engraved on the bridge
Dial: Distinctive features: Cables in 5N golden-coated brass or Cables in rhodium-plated brass
Case: Shape: Round, Dimension: 43 mm, Thickness: 8.80 mm
Case material: Titanium grade 5 with black DLC treatment
Crown material: 5N 18kt rose gold or 18kt white gold
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Sapphire crystal with back cover in titanium grade 5 with black DLC treatment and with
glare proof sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM
Hands: Baton • Faceted • 5N Golden or Rhodium-coated
Strap Material: Vulcanized rubber Colours: Black
Interhorn/Buckle: 22/18 mm Buckle type: Triple folding clasp Buckle material: Titanium grade 5 Buckle distinctive