Corum introduced its first Golden Bridge wristwatch — with its groundbreaking vertically integrated “baguette” movement and barrel-shaped case — in 1980. This year, the brand introduces the very first version of this now-iconic timepiece in a round case.
The Corum Golden Bridge Round — which we had the opportunity to examine up close at the CoutureTime show in Las Vegas last week — features a new movement whose architecture is modeled after the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The watch’s case — available in 18k rose gold (pictured), 18k rose gold set with 84 diamonds, or 18k white gold with diamonds, measures 43 mm in diameter and 8.3 mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters. Sapphire crystals on the front and back and a crystalline ring along the sides offer a 360-degree view of the movement. Developed by watch designer Dino Modolo, the manual-wind movement, Caliber CO113, uses gold for its mainplate and bridges and is anchored to the case by a latticework patterned after the Golden Gate’s suspension structure.
The transparent dial has gold-toned hour appliques and hands; the hands are baton-shaped, faceted and diamond-polished.
Caliber CO113 is equipped with a balance with variable inertia and a barrel with slipping spring and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Fully wound (via the unconventionally placed crown at the bottom of the case, a hallmark of Golden Bridge watches), the movement stores 40 hours of power reserve.
The Corum Golden Bridge Round has a brown alligator leather strap and fastens by means of a case-matching 18k rose gold buckle. The rose-gold version is priced at $41,000.