Like many modern watchmakers, Corum fake has had an interesting time over the past few years. Through ups and downs, brands around 2016 are rediscovering themselves and recalling some of the personalities that make modern brands interesting. When it comes to how people wear modern timepieces, the old Corum (as it was 10 to 15 years ago) is a true innovator in style and fashion. For example, the Bubble (which also returns this year) is a real testament to how high-end watches can be really fun. The Golden Bridge is easily one of Corum’s most unique movement and timepiece concepts, but while the visual presentation is very interesting, it struggles to appeal to Western men.
For 2016, Corum may have found a new sweet spot in the Golden Bridge collection with the new Corum Golden Bridge Round watch. This is the first time Corum has designed a circular case for its linear movement, and the results are quite interesting. The Golden Bridge movement (in this case, the CO 113 movement) is an interesting mechanism designed to have all its components stacked in a cylindrical shape (Corum calls it an “in-line oblong” movement). The bridges that hold all the movement components together are made of 18k rose gold, in this case, with some very attractive traditional hand-engraving. Despite the compact size of the movement, it still runs at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 40 hours – not bad at all. The CO 113 movement displays the time only in hours and minutes.
For the Golden Bridge Round, Corum placed the movement vertically in a round case, leaving some space on the sides of the movement for decoration or other purposes. Corum wanted to get a bit of architectural flair here, so in the otherwise skeletonized case, the bridge work on either side of the movement was (literally) taken from the design of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. So yes, the Golden Bridge watch takes some inspiration from another Golden Bridge…I think it’s interesting. In fact, the Golden Gate Bridge is red, but when the light hits it in the right direction, the bridge appears to glow golden. I’ll note that living near the Golden Gate Bridge, the sun doesn’t shine on it very often (through clouds and fog).
The last time Corum ventured into making a more masculine version of the Golden Bridge was in the Ti-Bridge series (hands on here). The Corum Ti-Bridge places the movement in a horizontal position, turning the timepiece into a modern sports watch. Expensive and with no clear target demographic, I believe the Ti-Bridge will be a collector’s favorite in the future, but during its release, it’s been hard to find a taker as there tends to be a niche appreciation for the concept and competition at this price point .
For the Corum Golden Bridge Round, I think Corum kind of threw in the towel, admitting “yes, a round case might be needed” for the Golden Bridge to be used as a men’s watch. From what I understand, in some parts of the world, tonneau-shaped gold bridge watches are sold to men, but in many ways, the collection has been a more feminine design by Western standards so far. Having said that, the Corum Golden Bridge Round watch captures the essence of sophistication and delicacy that the Golden Bridge concept represents, but gives it a strong artistic feel that I think is ultimately masculine enough to have a more general appeal.
Available in 18k rose gold (and 18k white gold set with diamonds), the Corum Golden Bridge Round is 43mm wide and just 8.8mm thick, sandwiched between two AR-coated sapphire crystals. In addition, the sides of the case are set with curved sapphire crystals, allowing you to once again see the “bridge work” that adorn the inside of the case on either side of the movement. The bottom of the case is the crown of the movement, which is a nice symmetrical position to keep the crowns on either side of the Corum Golden Bridge round case. best quality replica watches
The hands and flange ring try to create a slight contrast and are made of gold-tone brass. There are full hour markers on the flange ring, but by my standards this watch is not super legible – though not too bad for a more elegant watch. Attached to the Corum Golden Bridge Round case is a glossy reddish-brown alligator leather strap that complements the two gold colors on the case and dial. This strap looks killer if you have the right shoe color.
At 43mm wide, there is no doubt that this is a bold timepiece, but with thin and refined features, the result is more dignified and artistic than arrogance. Is this the new golden age of Jinqiao? I didn’t know this, but for those who love the movement concept but haven’t had a proper Golden Bridge replica watches swiss for their wrist until now, Corum certainly makes a convincing new argument for them.