Swiss watch brand Corum has been very busy this year — unveiling a host of new creations that continue to showcase the brand’s innovative thinking. The newest Corum Heritage Lab 01 watches — created in limited editions of 99 pieces each — is a perfect example. For these tonneau-shaped timepieces, with two renditions in Damascus steel, the company deftly blends the historic “heritage” and visionary “lab” concepts.
Damascus steel has its own intriguing properties. WIth a history dating back to the 4th century AD, where the people of Damascus used the metal for weapons, Damascus steel was the go-to metal for sword blades. It was particularly liked because of the added strength and the distinctive patterns that resulted from the hammering and repeated heating and forging of the steel. Patterns often resemble water flowing, waves or bands — and can be very futuristic in their look. This unique patterning makes the metal a great choice for the Corum Lab collection, which focuses on blending past and future.
The two versions of Damascus steel Heritage Lab 01 watches are charcoal grey in case color with a black DLC treatment, and feature dial details and accents in bright cobalt blue or in neon green. Additionally, rubber inserts on the case sides are in the same hue. The Corum key logo is also transferred on the dial and the hands have a rough-hewn finish in the center with blue or green outlining.
Each watch is powered by the automatic CO 410 curved, barrel-shaped skeleton movement that was specifically engineered to fit the case. The Corum micro-rotor, visible beneath the sapphire crystal, is hand finished with a contemporary spiral effect that is particularly attractive when the rotor is moving. The watches are equipped with 50 hours of power reserve. The Lab 01 is water resistant to 50 meters. Each of these watches retails for $16,800.
Corum also introduces two other Lab 01 watches that are crafted in titanium — to offer a lighter weight option. The titanium piece feature dials with either red or white accents. Just 99 pieces of each of these will be made, retailing for $13,800.