Corum’s New Watches Add Some Fun to Its Sportiest Collection

The Openwork Automatic and Openwork Tourbillon lend the AC-One range a more refined, technical edge.

By Victoria Gomelsky 22/11/2019

Sometimes overlooked in the pantheon of iconic 20th-century timepieces is Corum’s Admiral, a 1960 model that helped usher in the age of leisure. Originally produced in a water-resistant square case with a sailboat engraved on its caseback, the collection was redesigned in 1983 with its by-now famous 12-sided bezel and hour markers replaced by nautical pennants corresponding to the international maritime code.

Six years ago, the collection spawned a new, more refined line, the Admiral AC-One 45, a sporty 45mm titanium wristwatch inspired by the world of luxury boating. This fall, two new additions to the Admiral AC-One 45 range—the Openwork Automatic and Openwork Tourbillon—join the line-up.

Corum AC-One 45 Openwork

Corum AC-One 45 Openwork Courtesy of Corum

The AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic is fronted by a skeletonized dial and backed by a self-winding movement, calibre CO 297, developed in-house. The sporty model, which comes in a titanium version that retails for US$25,700 (A$37,500) around and a rose gold and black PVD-coated titanium version that retails for US$32,900 (A$47,000), retains its signature dodecagonal-shaped case as well as the silhouettes of the nautical pennants. A subdial at 9 o’clock displays small seconds, while a power reserve indicator sits at 3 o’clock. The model also houses a cool Easter egg.

“The Admiral AC-One 45 Openwork corresponds to a more sporty and technical masterpiece with a fun wink located at 9 o’clock, which is the three-minute counter (not one, nor five minutes as you usually find in watchmaking, but three minutes),” says Boon Chong Soon, global sales and marketing director of Montres Corum. “Why the number three? It’s a lucky number for Corum (a “quorum” is composed of a minimum of three persons, the key of Corum has three petals, there are three buildings at the HQ in La Chaux-de-Fonds).”

Corum AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic

Corum AC-One 45 Openwork Automatic Courtesy of Corum

The AC-One 45 Openwork Tourbillon is designed for fans of complicated timepieces. Bearing the same aesthetic codes as the Openwork Automatic, this model also contains a tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position. The titanium edition retails for $58,900 (around A$86,700), while the rose gold edition retails for $65,800 (A$96,800).

Both the automatic and tourbillon models come on new straps composed of rubber and a synthetic textile on the underside, designed with comfort and ergonomics in mind.

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

Audemars Piguet’s Latest Black Ceramic Royal Oak

The complex configuration employed has been refined by the brand since the 1970s.

By Martin Lerma

01/12/2020

Vacheron Constantin Is Making Your Next Watch A Work Of Art

Your favourite piece from the Louvre can be painted on your next watch.

By Victoria Gomelsky

01/12/2020

Saint Laurent Opens Melbourne Flagship

The new boutique sees a sleek, minimal offering in the heart of the CBD.

By Terry Christodoulou

30/11/2020

Cartier’s Latest Dial Is Picture Perfect

The house’s panther mascot gets a colourful refresh that takes nearly 100 hours of work. Here’s how it’s done.

By Paige Reddinger

30/11/2020

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected