To commend its 65th commemoration, Corum has chosen to breathe new life into the front line plans that were related with the brand. The new “Danger is the Reward” lobby of 2020, unavoidably postponed by the pandemic, returns to the brand’s foundations to push ahead and incorporates the returning to of blasts from the past. It additionally incorporates cutting edge recommendations like this LAB 02, a skeletonised watch with a flying tourbillon, a flying gear train, enormous date and force save sign. Combined with the sapphire gem case, the whole show can be valued from above, from the side and the back.
An Unconventional Legacy
In 2018 Corum presented the LAB 01 , an openworked, miniature rotor development displayed in a tonneau-formed case. Clad in DLC-covered titanium with elastic accents, the appearance of the Lab 01 was innovative and contemporary, a message that the brand was recuperating its unique soul for unpredictable plans. Since its creation in 1955, the brand has delivered some beautiful challenging and imaginative plans. Maybe the model that manifestes the brand’s way of thinking perfectly is the Golden Bridge . Dispatched in 1980 and planned by Vincent Calabrese, the Golden Bridge highlighted a loaf molded (straight) development suspended in mid-air inside a sapphire precious stone case. The initial twenty years of the brand were especially productive delivering surprising watches like the 1958 Chinese Hat, the 1964 Coin watch or the really whacky Rolls-Royce watch with a small scale radiator grille covering the dial. Others like the Admiral’s Cup and the Golden Bridge would become strong assortments alongside ongoing appearances like the Bubble watch with its articulated domed gem delivering an abnormal amplifying effect.
We’re totally used to seeing flying tourbillons in various conditions of suspension, however not flying gear trains. Two years of R&D were important to make the new development with its gravity-resisting gear train. Suspended mid-dial, there is no top extension holding the gear train set up. Not at all like most developments that are sandwiched between the mainplate and the scaffold, in the LAB 02, the extension is set straightforwardly onto the control (likewise skeletonised) leaving an ideal perspective on all the moving parts.
To accomplish this accomplishment of suspension, Corum’s watchmaking group needed to overcome a progression of challenges. With no top scaffold, the manual-winding development required metal rollers rather than rubies on the mainplate to add strength and solidness and an any longer hub was required for the gear train. To improve perceivability and add to the figment of components coasting in space, the development is put on a straightforward sapphire plate.
Layout and Case
With basically no obstructions defacing the view, looking down into the profound case – it has a thickness of 13.40mm – uncovers the barrel at 12 o’clock, the force hold marker at 8 o’clock, the flying tourbillon with a brilliant Corum key on its top at 6 o’clock, the huge date show at 4 o’clock and the three wheels of the gear train suspended in mid-air between the barrel and the force save check. Despite the fact that there is a bolt on top of the force save pointer, the excess juice in the tank can be seen through the sapphire glass on the case. The completions are top quality with round brushed surfaces and even a sandblasted finish on the highest point of the date marker alongside sloped and cleaned edges.
The LAB 02 comes in a huge 45mm case in a decision of white or rose gold, with or without jewels looking into it and restricted to 10 pieces each. The case center and the caseback are produced using sapphire precious stone while the bezel, drags, crown and casing on the caseback are created in gold and cleaned. The inclining rib bearing the applied cleaned gold hour markers is brushed for contrast.
Calibre CO 300
Each of the 416 individual components inside the type CO 300 has been skeletonised and each piece is collected by hand. A manual-twisting development with a 55-hour power save for the hours, minutes, date, flying tourbillon and force save, the development beats a recurrence of 21,600vph/3Hz.
Strap, availability and price
The LAB 02 in white gold comes with a dark gator lash with a triple collapsing catch in white gold; the rose gold model comes with an earthy colored crocodile tie. Customisation alternatives are available including shade of gold, decision of precious stone cuts and even the chance of hued gemstones for the case. The beginning cost of the LAB 02 in gold without precious stones is CHF 180,000.
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