Designed for sailing enthusiasts, the Corum Admirals Cup collection of watches is easily one of the most iconic timepieces in modern-day watch history. Now, the brand sails into a winning position with the new Admiral AC-One 45 Chronograph Bronze. The watch has all the earmarks of a nautical timepiece, with bronze case, in-house movement, Corum’s famous colored flags, a wood dial and more. This is one you won’t want to miss.
To begin with: the bronze case. I am personally a big fan of bronze cases — ever since i saw the first Gerald Genta bronze Safari watch decades ago, I was hooked. So I am thrilled to see bronze back on the wrist again and the this new Admiral’s Cup AC-One Chronograph Bronze is a winner. It offers a bold yet chic look that is not too big, and that already has a nice patina look. But wait, there’s more.
The thing about raw bronze is that as it ages, it typically forms its own patina — often turning green and crusty. For this watch, though, Corum has developed a fully pre-patinated bronze case. Thanks to an exclusive treatment, not only does each bronze watch have its own unique patina, but also the highly pronounced maritime look will never turn green or deteriorate. The shades that emerge in the bronze case range from rich bronze hues to dark brown, chestnut and chocolate.
“A natural patina builds up over time; our idea was to apply the same principle, halting the process before the alloy actually begins to corrode,” explains Corum CEO Jérôme Biard. “By using this approach, we allow unique colors to emerge in a process akin to pure artistic creation, with each hand-finished watch displaying unique character.”
As if the bronze fully pre-patina case were not enough, in typical Corum style, the brand takes the artistic look of the Admiral AC-One 45 Chronograph Bronze to new heights with a rich genuine teak wood dial. The color of the teak wood — with vertical cut to resemble a ship’s teak deck — is finished to match the bronze case. What is really special here is the roughly hewn, almost weathered look of the dial. Contrasting with the center, the outer edge displays the 12 nautical pennants that are a signature of the Corum Admiral’s Cup. Skeletonized hands display the time without taking away any dial appeal.
The watch offers hours, minutes and small seconds indication, as well as chronograph functions. Equipped with the CO 116 automatic chronograph caliber with 42 hours of power reserve, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters. It is finished with a brown leather strap that completes the look. I, personally, would have preferred a darker, richer colored brown strap with a slight texture in it, but the weathered look of this calfskin strap works. The best thing: the $9,500 retail price.
Technical Specs of the Corum Admiral AC-One Chronograph Bronze
MOVEMENT: CO 116 – Automatic 42 hours power-reserve
Functions: Hour, minute, chronograph, small second, date
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28,800 vph
Dimension: 12 1⁄2 ’’’
CASE: Pre-Patina bronze; 45mm diameter, 14.30 mm thickness
DIAL: Teak wood
Crystal: Double antireflective sapphire crystal, sapphire case back
Indexes: Nautical pennants in colour
Hands: skeletonised rhodium- plated; white superluminova
STRAP: Calf leather with Triple-blade folding clasp in stainless steel with black PVD coating
Water-resistance: 300 meters / 30 ATM