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Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon Watch

Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

The first Corum Bubble watch came out in 2000, but for whatever reason, it was eventually discontinued. Then, the brand revived the Bubble watch in 2015. And today, it is one of their more important collections, so much so that they decided to make a unique piece using the iconic Bubble design. This is the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch, featuring not only a tourbillon but a menacing skull for a dial.

The Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch features a 47mm 18k rose gold case, and further accentuating its size is its large bubble-shaped crown, also made out of 18k rose gold. And as a result of the domed sapphire crystal, thickness is a whopping 18.55mm. Clearly, the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon is no small watch, and it is bound to draw lots of attention. If wrist presence is what you seek, this watch will deliver it in spades. Unfortunately, despite the watch’s beefy dimensions, water resistance is 30 meters, so be wary of liquids.

Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

The Bubble watch is so called because of its large domed sapphire crystal, and it isn’t necessarily just a gimmick. Most watches have flat sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating because they want to avoid distortion. For Corum’s Bubble watch, the opposite is true because the distortion that is caused by its large domed sapphire crystal is what makes the Corum Bubble unique. And because the domed sapphire crystal is so extreme, the distortion it causes gives the watch an otherworldly look.

Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

This is doubly so when you consider that the Corum Bubble 47 Tourbillon watch has large brass skull that makes up the dial. The large hollowed and empty eyes along with the charcoal black dial and the distortion from domed crystal creates a gothic look that is seldom seen in other watches. Completing the creepy effect is the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which is framed by the mouth of the skull.

Speaking of which, the skull in the Corum Bubble 47 Tourbillon reminds me of the skull of Marvel Comics’ Punisher. And to me, it has personality, with more menacing and attractive looks than, say, the skull designs employed by HYT in their Skull Bad Boy watch or by Bell & Ross in their BR01 Burning Skull “Tattoo” watch (hands-on here).


Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Though legibility might be somewhat affected by the distortions brought about by the heavily domed crystal, Corum addresses that by giving the Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon large leaf-shaped hands painted with white Super-LumiNova.

The movement powering the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch is the CO 016. It is an automatic movement that relies on a micro-rotor for winding. The micro-rotor features the Corum key in 18k red gold. Power reserve is a very respectable 72 hours, and the movement beats at 3Hz.

Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

All things considered, the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon is a pretty unusual watch. However, Corum’s boldness to go against the grain and its almost reckless attitude toward design also makes it very cool, especially for watch lovers who appreciate some quirkiness and individualism. The fact that it is a unique piece is just the cherry on the cake. The Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch is priced at 103,000 Swiss francs (around US $100,500).



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  • Sheez Gagoo

    Skulls again? They are so 2015. Never been a fan of the bubble. Bubble is indeed a good description for this watch: A lot of hot air with no substance. The skull doesn`t even look very well crafted compared to the HYT. It looks like the skull vomits a tourbillon. More than a 100k for a Corum? Lol.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I really did want my 2.000th comment to be a bit more positive, but seriously, who buys this shit ?( pardon the language ) . It is neither “quirky ” or ” cool ” . It seems incredulous to me that someone out there will pay 100k+ for this nightmare of a watch.

    ps…..I hate the hands to.

    • Bert Kanne

      Who buys this shit is exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Rich criminals?

      • Grumpy Cat

        Rappers? Perhaps Gansta Rappas?

        • In other words, rich criminals.

      • IG

        Rockstars on acid.

    • Tõnis Leissoo

      Bubble watches look a lot more cooler in real life. Not photogenic at all.

    • Kuroji

      I was going to guess “nobody.”

    • Berndt Norten
  • DanW94

    A menacing skull with hands that resemble soft little pillows – odd combo.

  • Grumpy Cat

    Someone needs to clean out my litter box so there is room for this.

    • BiLL

      Ask Raymond.

      • DanW94

        Raymond Wilkie, Certified Storage Container Specialist and Consultant, MBA.

        • BiLL

          Raymond is a boxman for the count-eeeee!

          • The Victorius Boogur T. Wang

            Everybody Loves Raymond !

          • BiLL

            Everybody includes me, just to be clear. 🙂

          • Berndt Norten

            Et moi, et moi, et moi

          • Sheez Gagoo

            100 mille pour cette connerie, pour toi pour toi pour toi.
            Une montre, qui va te faire chie,
            Pour toi, pour toi, pour toi,
            Une crane horrible sur le cadran,
            Pourquoi, pourquoi pourquoi?
            Qui va vomir une tourbillon,
            Mais non, mais non, mais non.

          • Berndt Norten

            You got it, Dutronc!

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Probably me. I don’t like it, but there was an add under the watch, promessing, that I’ll become a billionnaire in 4 weeks! So I’ll give a f**k about 100k.

          • Sheez Gagoo
      • Grumpy Cat

        Raymond moving on to the kitty litter.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Yup, I agree with the general tone of the comments so far. A brass skull and cute-sy hands, in a six figure price watch? The venerable Victorian tradition of memento mori for the twitter and snap chat generation.

  • simon

    Can someone at ablogtowatch do a write up on how this company is still in business? They must survive through the grey market……….although I did just have a conversation with a grey market dealer who said that even he stays away from Corum deals.

    • ??????

      They were purchased by Chinese company.

  • otaking241

    Corum is such a confusing brand. On the one hand they make some cool pieces like the Golden Bridge watches, while on the other they make all those silly bubble-watches with pirate-themed dials that look like they came out of a vending machine. And then there’s this, which seems to try to bridge the gap between the two? Weird.

    And that handset is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen on any watch in the “premium” tier, certainly one priced at over $100K. Get real.

    • I agree about the hands. Yes they use the same style on the normal Bubble watches, but they are too small on all of them.

  • Shane Kleinpeter

    How is not painfully clear that the brass skull clashes terribly with the rose gold? They couldn’t spring a few more bucks to at least have them match? It’s bad enough already…

  • SwissMatic

    At first glance the hands look like a villainous moustache, so that’s the menacing part? I guess?

  • IanE

    An acquired taste, I guess – one that I will avoid catching, like the plague. But just why did they make this, it is neither witty, attractive nor sensibly priced for a bubble!?

  • Berndt Norten

    Execrable bling fit for the scum of the creation

  • BiLL

    That guy should have gotten some dental work before he became a skull. And at least HYT’s skull has hour markers.

  • Ulysses31

    I remember when anything “bubble”-themed was aimed solely at teenage girls. Cheap, trendy, a little-bit shitty. It’s proof of the paucity of creativity in the industry when stuff like this gets the green light. The crystal does a magnificent job of distorting the view of the dial here, although that is probably a small mercy considering how crass it is. A skull? How unoriginal. An expensive way to express your “quirkiness” and “individuality”.

  • The Victorius Boogur T. Wang

    Perfectly timed to coincide with the release of “KONG:SKULL ISLAND” the movie.

    BTW – The PUNISHER did the skull thing much better.

  • “The first Corum Bubble watch came out in 2000, but for whatever reason, it was eventually discontinued.”

    Look no further than this article for the definition of ‘whatever reason’.

  • ??????

    I think the Bubble line from Corum looks much better in real life than in pics. Yes, I like some of their watches.

  • Kuroji

    Lolwut? Needs to be reworked into a Venture Bros edition.

  • Roman

    I’ve seen one of this Corum bubble watch. It was so ugly. I would rather buy a Rolex Bubble.

  • Shinytoys

    I love the Corum Admiral’s Cup, especially with a white face and gold body and appointments. The skull for 100k just goes right by me….nice photography Kenny, that domed crystal has to be a “devil” to photograph cleanly…

  • Probably the most tasteful skull watch around

  • SuperStrapper

    What is it with skulls and watches?

  • Larry Holmack

    Looks like a watch that Food Network’s Guy Fieri might wear….

    I just can’t see a Hell’s Angle wearing this watch as he pulls up to a biker bar on his Harley!

  • Jérémy Colle

    Amazing watch

  • Svetoslav Popov

    Such a nice watch for 1000$.

  • Andrew Hughes

    Not trying to be trollish on purpose, but this is childish in theme and cartoonish with those bunny ear hands. It’s as silly as all those Johnny Depp/Captain Sparrow impersonators who magically appear during Halloween or in Orlando theme parks… nothing sadder. “Arrggh!!! Someone should walk the plank for this!!!” ha ha.

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