If you are a lover of sailing and all things maritime, most likely you have already heard of Corum’s Admiral watch. It is legendary in the watch market — immediately recognizable thanks to the nautical pennants that act as markers on the dial. Now, the brand unveils two new Admiral watches — with monotone pennants the dials — in a material that today’s watch lovers love: bronze.
The Admiral collection, first unveiled to the world in 1960, enjoys its 60th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, Corum releases two new 42mm bronze watches. They pay tribute to the brass used for many a ship’s instruments in ancient maritime sailing. The bronze case and dodecagonal bezel are satin-finished and so as they develop their own patina over time, each will be unique. The concept behind launching bronze was to pay tribute to the brass used for ship’s instruments in maritime sailing.
The new versions are created in ocean blue and maritime green — with dials and alligator leather straps color coordinated. The 12 pennants are applied and are crafted in 5N gold with blue or green color-coordinated outlining. The hands feature Super-LumiNova coating. The watch also boasts a small seconds subsidiary dial at 6:00 and a date aperture at 3:00.
Each watch features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback for viewing of the mechanical movement. The watch is powered by the CO395 automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. The Admiral 42 Bronze watches are water resistant to 50 meters. What makes the watch even more lovable is the fact that it retails for $4,700..
There are very few brands that do a great job with bronze. Some coat it so that it can’t patina — a major drawback in my opinion. By leaving the bronze untreated, it develops such a strong patina that gives it its own personality. I think the way the bronze patinas or ages — typically with greenish white oxides — will look beautiful with these dial colors. It is a watch I would want in my repertoire even though I am not a sailor.