It was during the Basel watch exhibition in the year 2000 when Corum first unveiled its Bubble watch. The brainchild of the brand’s owner Severin Wunderman, the timepiece impressed with an oversized case with a diameter of 44mm and a huge domed crystal. Among the first specimen was a watch with a stylized skull, transferring the Vanitas motif onto the dial.
The Bubble fast became a new millennium icon, with a variety of intriguing renditions released over the years. They included playful, sometimes mischievous themes that ranged from the Bubble Jolly Roger, to Bubble Lucifer, Bats, Nightflyer and more. Intermittently, throughout the past six years, Corum also entered into collaborations with various renowned artists for Bubble watches.
The Bubble Skull X-Ray pays tribute to the line’s roots with a highly stylized yet realistic looking skull taking center stage on the dial. While the huge domed sapphire crystal slightly distorts the image, it is fully visible in the dark because it is totally luminescent: disruptive in day and at night. In fact, when the lights go out, the skull glows green for an eerie yet provocative appeal. Bringing the luminescence full circle, Corum adds fluorescent green stitching to the synthetic alligator-like strap that is lined with rubber.
The watch is powered by the automatic movement CO 082 that beats at 4Hz and offers 42 hours of power reserve. It is crafted in stainless steel with a black PVD treatment over it and boasts a sapphire case back. Both the domed front crystal and the back crystal are coated with an anti-reflective treatment. Water resistant to 100 meters, the watch is limited to 666 pieces and retails for approximately $4,140 when converted to USD.
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