Witty and on-point, Corum touts its newest collection with the phrase: “The admiral is getting undressed.” In fact, the admiral has gotten undressed- and the results are pretty stellar. The new Admiral AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic collection, complete with a tourbillon version, is all about uncovering the mechanics and showing them to the world. The watch boasts an exquisitely crafted skeletonized dial and an all-new movement – visible from the case front.
The AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic brings the concept of a skeletonized dial to the forefront for the brand. The watch is fitted with the all-new caliber CO 297, developed by Corum in-house specifically for this release. The bridges are redesigned to complement the dodecagonal case shape and not interfere with the viewing of the muted nautical pennant silhouettes. It offers a small seconds subsidiary dial at 9:00 and a power reserve indicator at 3:00. The movement is visible via a sapphire case back
Two important versions of the AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic are being offered, one in grade 5 Titanium, and one in PVD black coated titanium and rose gold. Both timepieces offer 48 hours of power reserve and are water resistant up to 300 meters.
AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic Tourbillon
Taking the timepiece even further, Corum also releases the AC-One Openwork Tourbillon, with tourbillon at 6:00 on the dial. The Tourbillon version is limited to 38 pieces in each of the materials (titanium grade 5 or 18 karat rose gold with PVD black bezel). Still water resistant to 300 meters — making the watch worthy of the Admiral name — the tourbillon versions offer 72 hours of power reserve. The case back is a screwed-in open-backed bronze cover with anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
All of the AC-One Openwork Automatic and Openwork Tourbillon watches are finished with new integrated straps, in rubber with synthetic textile on the skin-side. The AC-One Openwork 45 Automatic watches retail for $25,700 in titanium and $32,900 in gold. The Tourbillon sells for a pretty accessible (for a tourbillon) $58,900 in titanium and $65,800 in gold.
History of the Corum Admiral
The first Corum Admiral watch was introduced in 1960 to the world and looked nothing like the current editions. To begin with, it was square. It did not boast pennants on the dial, and had a sailboat engraved on its casebook. It was called the Admiral. It was not until 1983 that Corum released the Admiral Cup watch — with pennants on the dial. It was an immediate success and stirred the hearts of yachtsmen around the world. Over the decades, the brand has continued to evolve the line.
In fact, in 2013, the Admiral collection welcomed a new line to the family- the Admiral AC-One that continued the key design elements of the Admiral Cup collection — with iconic dodecagonal-shaped case — but the case was rounded somewhat with less prominent angles. It was also made of titanium to lighten the load of the 45mm watch on the wrist. A year later, in contrast to the bolder and sportier AC-One, Corum unveiled the AC-One 45 Squelette in 2014. It offered an open and airy look to the watch.
For a quick video intro of the undressed Admiral’s Cup watch, view this.