Saturday, January 16, 2016

CORUM BUBBLIAMONDS

Swiss luxury watch brand Corum revives the landmark Bubble wristwatch with the Bubble High Jewellery Skeleton, a trio of wristwatches with open-worked, ultra-thin movements – each a one-of-a-kind creation set with exquisite gemstone: rubies, blue sapphires and black sapphires. Corum has created three unique pieces to mark the beginning of 2016, an especially effervescent year. With the acclaimed reintroduction of the Bubble the year before, 2016 is the time to reveal in the rebirth of an icon.

When it was first introduced in the year 2000, the Bubble was a phenomenon, a watch so successful it became emblematic of the era. Last year it was remade, preserving the same iconic form, with two exclusive limited editions. Now the Bubble is about to become even more exceptional, with three one-off editions paved with dazzling precious stones.
Only three of these haute joaillerie timepieces will be made, with each a singular creation distinguished by baguette-cut diamonds and gemstone hour markers, all set by hand, a task that requires hundreds of hours.

The imposing white gold watchcase provides an ample canvas to which the master gem-setter applies his skills. Each watch is set with 131 brilliant-cut diamonds on the dial, and a further 42 on the bezel, totaling a stunning 5.7 carats of diamonds. What makes each timepiece utterly irreplaceable are the 12 baguette-cut gems that form the hour markers, being either rubies, blue sapphires or black sapphires.
Past the dazzling gemstones on the dial, the CO 055 calibre is showcased under the monumental sapphire crystal, tall enough it serves as a loupe to magnify the delicate details of the movement. Positioned slightly off-center in keeping with the quirky spirit of the Bubble, the movement has been reduced to its bare essentials, with the bridges and base plate skeletonized by hand.

What remains of the movement is then decorated with a floral motif, save for the barrel that is open-worked to form the Corum key logo. Executed entirely by hand, the engraving differs ever so slightly between movements, further enhancing the unique nature of each watch.

Each Bubble High Jewellery Skeleton is fitted to an alligator hide strap finished in the same shade as the gemstone hour markers, and paired with a white gold pin buckle.

Bubbliamonds, L055/02979, Unique piece
Dial
White gold
131 diamonds – 2.25 ct
12 rubies – 3.60 ct
White gold case with sapphire case back

Case
Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Paved bezel with 42 diamonds – 3.45 ct
Water-resistance: 50 m / 5 atm
Diameter: 47 mm
Height: 16.76 mm
Strap width: 24/20

Strap
White gold tongue buckle
Red alligator strap with rubber lining

Movement
CO 055 – manual winding
Hour, minute
Skeleton movement
40 hours power reserve
3hz, 21’600 vph

Bubbliamonds, L055/02978,Unique piece
Dial
White gold
131 diamonds – 2.25 ct
12 black sapphires – 3.20 ct
White gold case with sapphire case back

Case
Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Paved bezel with 42 diamonds – 3.45 ct
Water-resistance: 50 m / 5 atm
Diameter: 47 mm
Height: 16.76 mm
Strap width: 24/20

Strap
White gold tongue buckle
Black alligator strap with rubber lining

Movement
CO 055 – manual winding
Hour, minute
Skeleton movement
40 hours power reserve
3hz, 21’600 vph

Bubbliamonds, L055/02980, Unique piece
Dial
White gold
131 diamonds – 2.25 ct
12 blue saphires – 3.60 ct
White gold case with sapphire case back

Case
Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Paved bezel with 42 diamonds – 3.45 ct
Water-resistance: 50 m / 5 atm
Diameter: 47 mm
Height: 16.76 mm
Strap width: 24/20

Strap
White gold tongue buckle
Blue alligator strap with rubber lining

Movement
CO 055 – manual winding
Hour, minute
Skeleton movement
40 hours power reserve
3hz, 21’600 vph

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