Since it was first unveiled to the world 40 years ago, the Corum Golden Bridge rectangular watch — the world’s first with in-line baguette shaped movement with linear gear trains — has become an icon in time. Certainly, the brand has reinvented and reinterpreted that legendary timepiece, created by master watchmaker extraordinaire Vincent Calabrese, many times over the decades. Now, though, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the watch, Corum returns to the original refined case shape.
Like the original watch released by Corum, the case of the two new models is crafted using transparent crystal top and bottom to allow for complete viewing of the stunning movement. My particular favorite of the two new Golden Bridge Rectangle 40th Anniversary watches is crafted in 18-karat white gold and features a meticulously engraved intricate floral pattern on the case. The motif features the acanthus and fern plants and recalls the “Style Sapin” created in La Chaux-de-Fonds. These details have been engraved on all Golden Bridge baguette movements since the timepiece was launched in 1980. Just three pieces of this version will be created — in honor of the brand’s three co-founders who launched Corum in 1955. Meaning that this year, too, Corum celebrates its 65th birthday.
The second Golden Bridge 40th anniversary is crafted in 18-karat rose gold version and just 40 pieces will be made, each engraved on the watch case at 3:00 with the words “Limited Edition 1 of 40.” To pay homage to the fact that this year the brand turns 65 years, the sapphire case back features a repetitive pattern of Corum’s signature key logo. The manual-winding CO 113 movement offers 40 hours of power reserve and its bridges and plate are crafted in 18-karat gold (white or rose depending on the model). Each watch is water resistant to 30 meters.
According to Boon Chong Soon, Corum’s Marketing and Sales Director, “These are not only for the anniversaries of Corum and the Golden Bridge, but are also a tribute to the artisanal history of watchmaking in La Chaux-de- Fonds.”