Co­rum Golden Bridge Dragon

Plaza Watch International - - The Best of Baselworld 2014 -

Co­rum’s Golden Bridge wrist­watch is a leg­endary time­piece. In­tro­duced in 1980, it has re­mained one of the most unique ex­am­ples of the cre­ativ­ity that good watch­mak­ing has to of­fer. It is not with­out rea­son that the Golden Bridge has re­mained a peren­nial favourite among en­thu­si­asts with a pen­chant for good de­sign. The hand-wound Cal­i­bre CO 113 is the orig­i­nal move­ment’s “de­scen­dant,” as Co­rum redesigned and in­dus­tri­alised the orig­i­nal for more ef­fi­cient se­rial pro­duc­tion sev­eral years ago. Built along a ver­ti­cal axis, the move­ment ex­tends through to the crown at the 6 o’clock po­si­tion, which is per­fectly aligned in or­der to ac­cen­tu­ate the move­ment’s ex­cep­tional, lin­ear con­struc­tion. Re­mark­ably pre­cise, the Cal­i­bre CO 113 beats at the mod­ern fre­quency of 4 Hz (28,800 vi­bra­tions per hour) and is equipped with a vari­able-in­er­tia bal­ance en­sur­ing im­pres­sive rate reg­u­lar­ity. This quest for lin­ear­ity, a hall­mark of the 59-year-old La Chaux-de-Fonds-based brand, has made the time­piece a mod­ern clas­sic. And it is in­cred­i­bly hard to add to a clas­sic. How­ever, Co­rum has done just that by break­ing the solem­nity of the Golden Bridge’s lin­ear­ity to add an artis­tic el­e­ment that at first glance may seem out of place within the aus­tere con­fines of the sap­phire crys­tal rec­tan­gle that makes up the Golden Bridge’s case. In­deed, the brand has had the au­dac­ity to add a gold dragon snaking around the baguette-shaped move­ment. This myth­i­cal creature sym­bol­ises life and power and has nur­tured the col­lec­tive imag­i­na­tion of many civil­i­sa­tions since time im­memo­rial. Of­ten de­picted as keep­ing fierce guard of a fab­u­lous trea­sure – here it guards the cap­ti­vat­ing move­ment – the fas­ci­nat­ingly en­graved, three-di­men­sional red gold creature’s tail is tipped by a pearl, sig­ni­fy­ing wis­dom, while its de­tailed claws serve as a re­minder that it is a for­mi­da­ble ad­ver­sary for any­one that might defy its rule.

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