Friday, December 4, 2015

Corum Bubble Op Art Series - Bubble Sphere2 & Bubble Drop

Introduced in 2000, the Corum Bubble became an instant hit among the lovers of oversized watches, thanks to its radically large case and an even larger crystal. Earlier this year, Corum revisited this iconic design by launching the Heritage Bubble. With this new model, exactly 15 years later, the Bubble made a triumphal return, sealing its place as a major creation of Corum. Two new models are now added to the Op Art Series, launched this year.

A remarkable 8 mm high, this sapphire crystal is one of the largest of any watch. It acts as a lens, both magnifying and distorting the dial. The partnership with the industrial designer Nicolas Le Moigne, gave birth to two new designs. The patterns are inspired from Op Art, also called optical art, originally introduced by Victor Vasarely, the French artist of Hungarian origin.

Op Art created static patterns that gave an impression of movement or surprising and contradictory perspectives. Nicolas Le Moigne took these codes, while optimizing 3D effects to an extremely reduced scale.
The dial of the Bubble Sphere2 is aptly named, since it is pictured as the continuation of the dome-shaped crystal sapphire, giving the illusion of a sphere in a sphere. The lines that deftly traverse the dial and glass are full part of this optical effect.

With the second model of the Op Art series, the designer makes us travel with a dial akin to symbolized scenery, full of landforms, in a perfectly controlled alternation of highs and lows. Furrows and shadows effects, imitating the surface of moving water, give their name to the Bubble Drop.

This arresting Op Art models will be fitted only to a pair of limited edition, each made in an exclusive run of just 350 pieces. The first one is housed in a brass dial and a PVD-coated case, both in blue-tone. The hands are in the same shade and treated with Super-LumiNova.
Using the same materials, the second model is entirely brown PVD coated. The hands follow this monochromatic statement, while breaking with the dial. The two new timepieces are fitted with rubber straps topped with leather. And each is fitted with a buckle matching the case finish.

Corum Bubble Sphere2 
Reference L082/02849
Limited Edition – 350 Pieces

Movement
CO082 – Automatic
Power Reserve 42 Hours
4 HZ, 28’800 VPH
Dimension: 11 ½’’’

Functions
Hour, Minute, Second

Dial
Op Art Pattern
Material: Brass
Hands: rhodium coated with blue superluminova

Case
Blue PVD stainless steel case with sapphire case back
Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment and with light blue printing
Water-resistant: 100 M / 10 ATM
Diameter: 47 MM
Height: 18.80 MM

Strap
Strap width: 24 MM / 20 MM
Leather with rubber lining strap
Blue PVD stainless steel tongue buckle

Corum Bubble Drop
Reference L082/02848
Limited Edition – 350 Pieces

Movement
CO082 – Automatic
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
4 HZ, 28’800 VPH
Dimension: 11 ½’’’

Functions
Hour, Minute, Second

Dial
Op Art Pattern
Material: Brass
Hands: Rhodium Coated With Brown Superluminova

Case
Brown PVD stainless steel case with sapphire case back
Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Water-resistant: 100 M / 10 ATM
Diameter: 47 MM
Height: 18.80 MM

Strap
Strap width: 24 MM / 20 MM
Leather with rubber lining strap
Brown PVD stainless steel tongue buckle

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