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Admiral's Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

Weightless elegance

The Watch Quote™ - March 29th, 2012



The tourbillon is one of the noblest complications in the art of horology. Beating at the heart of the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, the tourbillon represents a majestic accomplishment. This model is a watchmaking masterpiece adding a blend of elegance, emotion and technical sophistication to the heritage of a watch that has made its way through over 50 years of unbroken history. A perfect blend of strength and poetry.

The choice of complication carries double weight. In selecting the tourbillon to ennoble its Legend line, Corum has clearly chosen to assign it firmly to the category of classic watches. With its pure, softer lines, its signature twelve-sided bezel and its 12 nautical pennants, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor pays tribute to the illustrious predecessor that inspired it, the Admiral’s Cup that has been an unassailable icon for over half a century.

In addition to this proud heritage, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor radiates a blend of gracefulness, clarity and extreme lightness, combined with horological excellence and peerless technical sophistication. Appearing in this admirable form, the watch gives renewed meaning to the words purity, harmony and equilibrium. Available in three versions – 18K red gold, two-tone with an 18K red gold bezel and a steel case, or in steel – it feature a 42 mm diameter.

All aspects of the silver-gray dial converge to ensure optimal readability of the functions. The 12 nautical pennants on the twelve-sided bezel ring signal its belonging to the Admiral’s Cup collection. On the dial, a first circle adorned with a snailed decoration bears 11 hour-markers – gilded for the red gold version and rhodiumed for the two other versions – echoing the conventional numerals. In the center, the barleycorn pattern, the applied Corum logo and the Admiral’s Cup transfer add the final touch to a beautifully understated aesthetic. The openworked and facetted hour and minute hands engage in an harmonious dialogue with this delightful composition. This pure-spirited design is complemented by a brown leather strap fitted with a pin buckle for the gold model, and a folding clasp for the other versions.

Thanks to its tourbillon caliber, Corum takes the classical nature of this watch to yet another level, since the Admiral’s Cup 42 Legend Tourbillon Micro-Rotor beats to the rhythm of Caliber CO503. This exceptional mechanical automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock reveals its heart and invites the wearer to enjoy a plunging view of the 12 mm tourbillon carriage. Firmly secured to the movement, the openworked tourbillon bridge – gilded and polished for the red gold model , rhodiumed and polished for the steel model – is a real eye-catcher. A fine example of how a technical feature provides an opportunity for a fresh approach to elegance.

On the other side of this model, the show goes on. The sapphire caseback displays the magnificent craftsmanship of the master-watchmakers. The Côtes de Genève motif makes a fine contrast with the micro rotor with its 17 mm-diameter gilded weight bearing the Corum key symbol. As befits such as fatally attractive model, the magic spell is woven through a limited annual production of 15 watches in red gold, 30 in red gold and steel, and 75 in steel.

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