Lin­ear Lux­ury

Corum’s Golden Bridge Rec­tan­gle and Stream vari­a­tions play with shapes and ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments with­out com­pro­mis­ing on its art deco de­sign codes, writes Lily Ong

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A cu­ra­tion of char­ac­ter and horol­ogy com­bined with ar­chi­tec­tural so­phis­ti­ca­tion is Corum’s Golden Bridge

There is plenty of rein­ven­tion in the pipe­line by Corum for its iconic Golden Bridge watches—a cor­ner­stone col­lec­tion in the Swiss brand’s repertoire. Named af­ter the golden bridge that forms the back­bone of the watch, this spec­tac­u­lar move­ment was con­ceived by Vin­cent Cal­abrese in 1980. First un­veiled in a bar­relshaped case and last year in a round case, Corum in­tro­duces two more vari­a­tions of the Golden Bridge this year, both in a new art deco rec­tan­gu­lar case. The first is the Golden Bridge Rec­tan­gle, crafted by renowned de­signer Dino Modolo, who also added a per­sonal touch of flair to the round ver­sion last year. Now, he en­hanced the move­ment by adding a play of finely crafted ge­om­e­try via 18-karat gold struc­tures rep­re­sent­ing six Ro­man nu­mer­als that surround the iconic bridge cal­i­bre. Fol­low­ing the de­sign codes of art deco, the Golden Bridge Rec­tan­gle is a sight to be­hold. The star is un­doubt­edly its move­ment, lead­ing the eye along the path of Cal­i­bre CO113’S en­ergy transfer from the spring bar­rel at 6 o’ clock to the es­cape­ment at 12 o’ clock. As al­ways, the watch’s elab­o­rate gold mi­cro struc­tures sus­pended be­tween the panes of sap­phire crys­tal are con­structed to fit into the rec­tan­gu­lar case seam­lessly. Also un­veiled this year is the Golden Bridge Stream, which in­cor­po­rates an au­to­matic move­ment. To cre­ate th­ese del­i­cate in­ter­sect­ing curves, Corum chose to draw in­spi­ra­tion from a ma­jor cur­rent look in con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture: stream­lin­ing. Span­ning from the 1930s to the 1960s, it orig­i­nated in the United States at the same time as ob­jects be­gan to be mass-pro­duced. And the style is dis­tin­guished by its flow­ing, dy­namic curves that draw the eyes. Made en­tirely from gold, the piece is pow­ered by an au­to­matic move­ment that is wound by two par­al­lel lin­ear weights. Span­ning 42mm, the Stream presents care­fully bal­anced lines around the move­ment to cre­ate a unique ar­chi­tec­ture. The case of the Golden Bridge Stream show­cases a play on the ten­sions be­tween clean-cut edges, sharp horns and a curved sap­phire crys­tal. Two gold models from the Golden Bridge Stream— one of which show­cases a red lac­quered mi­crostruc­ture—are avail­able as an ex­clu­sive edi­tion, with only 88 pieces crafted. “The Golden Bridge is the cap­stone of Corum’s col­lec­tions, an il­lus­tra­tion of fine Swiss horol­ogy. We wanted to go fur­ther with the ar­chi­tec­ture of the watch it­self, to cre­ate yet an­other clas­sic edi­tion of our sig­na­ture haute hor­logerie time­piece,” says CEO of Corum, David Traxler in re­flec­tion of what the fu­ture has in store for the brand’s flag­ship Golden Bridge cre­ations.

The Golden Bridge Rec­tan­gle stands out, as past vari­a­tions were nor­mally ei­ther round or bar­rel-shaped

The Golden Bridge Stream is dis­tin­guish­able by its ex­quis­ite lines and curves on the side of its move­ment

STREAM LINED Flow­ing, dy­namic curves and lines are the most strik­ing fea­ture of the Corum Golden Bridge Stream, com­ple­ment­ing its iconic move­ment

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