Corum Golden Bridge Dragon
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.