CORUM Golden Bridge – Avant-Garde Watchmaking

The story of the Corum Watch Golden Bridge is extraordinary. One day, Vincent Calabrese, a young watchmaker from the idyllic town of Lacau-de-Fonds, knocked on the door of the Corum watch to introduce his latest invention: a strange-looking Rectangular movement. He probably did not know that from now on, this would become the movement of the flagship complication watch of Corum, and it has remained the benchmark to this day!

That was in the late 1970s – and CORUM founder René Bannwart was so excited that he immediately patented this unique movement. By the way, Vincent Calabrese still works for CORUM to this day and supports the team in developing the latest Golden Bridge creations.

The CORUM Golden Bridge replica is considered an avant-garde watch because of its unique movement placed in the center of the transparent sapphire crystal case. The watch’s name is affectionately dedicated to San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge – and you can see why.

Since the Golden Bridge watch was first introduced in 1980, its collection has grown steadily. Here are some important milestones: In 2009, Corum presented its new exclusive movement (CO 007), which was designed, developed and assembled in-house! In 2011, the CORUM Bridges collection launched its first linear-winding automatic movement: the Golden Bridge Automatic. With it on, you can see the little “sled” running up and down!

In 2016, CORUM launched the first Golden Bridge with a round case designed by Dino Modolo, which you can see in the center of our picture! The inside of the case shows a cutaway view of the Golden Gate Bridge building. We also got our hands on this year’s novelty “Golden Bridge Rectangle” which will be available during Baselworld at the end of March! A clever combination of all the golden bridge elements in a slightly smaller case that is also suitable for smaller wrists.

On the left side of the picture, you can see the beautiful 18k gold standard gold bridge hand-wound, showing three different styles in the history of the golden bridge. It’s really not easy to pick a favorite. wholesale replica watches

“Time Poetry Journey” by Van Cleef & Arpels

Parisian jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels (VC&A) is hosting a major exhibition of its fine jewellery and complicated watches in Singapore.

Known for their innovative, quirky mechanisms and sophisticated finishes, VC&A has gone all out. The event features some of the brand’s most luxurious creations, from fascinating complicated watches to incredible high-jewelry sets.

One of the central themes of the exhibition is the brand’s most famous complication, the two-way retrograde display of two lovers on the bridge, the Pont des Amoureux.

Another part of the exhibition is dedicated to the brand’s astronomical complications, including the Lady Arpels Planetarium, a compact 38mm watch that captures the movements of Mercury, Venus, Earth and the Moon on its 3D dial.

Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux – an elegant, effortless combination of high jewellery and innovative watchmaking

Lady Arpels Planetarium – Time is indicated by shooting stars orbiting the dial

At the same time, VC&A is also showcasing its haute horlogerie infused with modern technology. One of the exhibits is the entire Lady Arpels Zodiaque Lumineux collection, each with a luminous constellation dial. The secret of the lighting system lies in a piezoelectric material, activated by the vibrations of the movement, which in turn lights up the LEDs behind the translucent enamel beads that make up the constellation.

Also on display is a range of historical objects from the brand’s museum, including pocket watches, wallet watches, and bracelet watches such as the famous Cadenas bracelet.

But the exhibition is not just about bling and gadgets. A room is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the brand’s technological achievements. Attending to explain VC&A’s exclusive complications was Rainer Bernard, head of watch development. best online watch store

the new Greubel Forsey GMT Sport

Greubel Forsey copy combines ergonomics, technology and architecture to create the first sports watch.

When it comes to the field of complicated watches, Greubel Forsey is the absolute ruler of the land. Every year I sit at their SIHH press conference with pencil and notebook in hand, hoping I understand at least part of it. Granted, I’ve come a long way since my first Greubel Forsey press conference, when I just sat there in complete confusion, like I walked into an astrophysics class in anticipation of art history (by the way, I did it in college).

Anyway, enough rambling to cheer us up on the all-new Greubel Forsey GMT Sport.

Start from the outside
The new Greubel Forsey GMT Sport continues the sporty black design of the GMT Black introduced in 2015, however, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have redefined almost every element of the GMT Black to create something completely different.

Let’s start with a freshly shaped shell that puts comfort and ergonomics at the center. It features a lightweight and ultra-strong 45mm profiled titanium case that is rounded at the top but arched and oval when viewed from other angles for maximum wrist comfort. The case features one-piece lugs and a one-piece strap that fits perfectly. Just to give you an idea of ​​the intricacies of this “small” system, it’s the subject of four patents.

The case features a satin-finished bezel engraved with Greubel Forsey‘s values ​​and an oval sapphire crystal that perfectly reflects the new movement architecture.

New movement architecture
The GMT Sport is equipped with a new hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 72 hours (guaranteed by two coaxial barrels connected in series). The movement consists of up to 435 components, all finished to the highest standards in the Greubel Forsey workshop.

The 24-second tourbillon at 1 o’clock represents the third “fundamental invention” of the watchmaking duo after the 30° double tourbillon and the quadruple tourbillon. This new tourbillon stands out with a 25° inclined cage that makes one revolution every 24 hours. This inclination, combined with the increased speed, significantly improves the timekeeping performance of this single tourbillon system without increasing the height of the movement.

Dial Tour
In keeping with the sporty theme of the GMT Sport, the dial has been designed with an emphasis on legibility and efficiency. Hours and minutes are displayed by concentric curved skeleton hands that follow the curvature of the case and movement. The gear train is mounted on a suspended black-coated arched bridge that overlooks the globe and drives the hour and minute hands. A subdial between 10 and 11 o’clock shows the small seconds on a rotating disc and a second time zone. The power reserve differential at three o’clock has skeleton hands and red arrows.

GMT Mechanism
Greubel Forsey’s GMT complication debuted in 2011 and holds two patents. It works by reading a second time zone on a secondary dial between 10 and 11 o’clock, which can then be combined with the universal time display provided by a rotating globe. The earth is surrounded by a sapphire crystal ring with a 24-hour scale, so users can read the local time at all longitudes, as well as see if it is day or night.

On the back side of the GMT Sport, the outer and center rings indicate UTC Universal Time and Daylight Saving Time for the 24 cities in the major time zones. This disc shows which time zones follow DST (light colors) and which time zones do not (dark colors). Two buttons located on the left side of the case change the second time zone and synchronize the local time with the earth.

final details
Water-resistant to 100 meters, the GMT Sport comes with a black or blue rubber strap and is limited to 11 pieces.

Well, that’s another magnificent creation from Greubel Forsey, with a new sporty look and feel, intuitive reading and exciting mechanics. I was told it wasn’t something they “finished” in a hurry either!