Many watch companies bandy the term ‘avant-garde’ in their press communique in hope of appearing cutting-edge, but not many live up to the claim. Among the few that walk the talk is Corum, which embodies the real meaning of avant-garde creativity with its iconic Bridges collection.
Since the collection’s birth in 1980 with the Golden Bridge watch, the Corum Bridges range has been premiering ground-breaking innovations centered on its renowned ‘baguette’ movement. One of the collection’s most recent technical milestones was the introduction in 2011 of its first-ever automatic model, which took four years of R&D to come to fruition.
The Ti-Bridge Automatic Dual Winder builds on the epochal linear automatic movement by arming it with a new ‘inline’ winding system that ensures even greater winding efficiency. At the heart of the innovation are two circular rotors connected by a transmission arbor.
The mechanism resembles wheels on a locomotive and performs in a similar way; the connected rotors move in tandem to wind the watch, regardless of the direction. The entire system is fortified by ceramic ball bearing devices and clutches to ensure smooth winding without the need for lubrication.
Housed in a 42 x 52mm TV screen-shaped Ti-Bridge case, the domed sapphire crystal grants full visual access to the ground-breaking movement, which is held in place by a titanium bridge. Elsewhere, the unique winding mechanism can be view from the case back via a rectangular aperture.
Case: Titanium or 18K red gold
Movement: Automatic CO207
Functions: Hours and minutes
Power Reserve: 72 hours