Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Like many modern watchmakers, Corum has had an interesting time over the last few years. Through ups and downs, the brand circa 2016 is rediscovering itself as well as recalling some of the personalities that made the modern brand interesting. Corum of old (like 10-15 years ago) was a true innovator in terms of style and fashion when it came to how people wear modern timepieces. The Bubble, for example, (which is back this year as well) was a true testament to how a high-end watch could also be really fun. The Golden Bridge is easily one of Corum’s most distinct movements and timepiece concepts, but has had a tough time appealing to Western males despite a really interesting visual presentation.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For 2016, Corum might have found a new sweet spot when it comes to the Golden Bridge collection with the new Corum Golden Bridge Round. This is the first time Corum has designed a round case for its linear movement, and the result is pretty interesting. The Golden Bridge movement (here the caliber CO 113) is an interesting mechanical mechanism which is designed to have all the parts stack up in a column-like shape (Corum calls it an “in-line baguette” movement). The bridge holding all the movement parts together is in 18k rose gold, and in this case is decorated with some attractive traditional-looking hand-done engravings. Despite the very compact size of the movement, it still operates at 4Hz with a power reserve of 40 hours – which isn’t too bad at all. The CO 113 movement only indicates the time with hours and minutes.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For the Golden Bridge Round, Corum has oriented the movement vertically in a round case, which leaves some room to the sides of the movement for decorative or other purposes. Corum wanted to get a little architecture here, so the bridge work (literally) on the sides of the movement in the otherwise skeletonized case is taken from the design of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. So yes, the Golden Bridge watch gets some inspiration from another golden bridge… I think that is pretty fun. Actually, the Golden Gate Bridge is red, but when the light hits it the right way, the bridge seems to glow a golden color. I’ll note, having lived near the Golden Gate Bridge, that the sun doesn’t shine on it (through the clouds and fog) all that often.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The last time Corum ventured forth in making a more masculine version of the Golden Bridge was with the Ti-Bridge collection (hands-on here). The Corum Ti-Bridge put the movement on its side in a horizontal position and turned the timepiece into a sort of modern sports-style watch. Pricey and without a clear intended demographic, I am sure the Ti-Bridge will be a collector’s favorite in the future, but during its release it was hard to find takers given often niche appreciation of the concept and the competition at that price point.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

With the Corum Golden Bridge Round, I think Corum sort of threw in the towel, admitting that, “yes, a round case might be necessary” for the Golden Bridge to work as a men’s watch. I understand that in some parts of the world the tonneau-shape Golden Bridge watches sell to men, but in many ways, the collection until now has been a more feminine design by Western standards. With that said, the Corum Golden Bridge Round is able to capture the refined delicate nature of what the Golden Bridge concept represents, but imbues it with a strong, artistic sensibility that I think is finally masculine enough for more universal appeal.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In 18k rose gold (as well as an 18k white gold model set with diamonds), the Corum Golden Bridge Round watch is 43mm wide and just 8.8mm thick, sandwiched by two pieces of AR-coated sapphire crystal. Also, the sides of the case are set with curved pieces of sapphire crystal offering another glance at the “bridge work” decorating the inner parts of the case that flank the movement. At the bottom of the case is the crown for the movement, which is a nice symmetrical position and leaves the sides of the Corum Golden Bridge Round case free from a crown.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The watch hands and flange ring attempt a slight contrast, being done in yellow gold-toned brass. There is a full scale of hour markers on the flange ring, but the watch isn’t super legible by my standards – though for a dressier watch, it isn’t too bad. Attached to the Corum Golden Bridge Round case is a glossy reddish-brown alligator strap that works well with the two gold colors on the case and dial. If you have just the right color of shoes, this strap can look pretty killer.

Corum Golden Bridge Round Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At 43mm wide, there is no doubt that this is a bold timepiece, but being thin with delicate features, the result is more dignified and artistic than brash. Is this a new golden era for the Golden Bridge? I don’t know about that, but Corum has certainly made a compelling new argument for those people who enjoy the movement concept but haven’t until this point had a properly-designed Golden Bridge watch for their wrists. Price for the Corum Golden Bridge Round watch in 18k rose gold is $41,700 and in 18k white gold with diamonds the price is $48,000. corum.ch

What do you think?
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  • I like it. But somehow the going traing seems dainty compared to the massive (but cool) looking Golden Gate Bridge work on the sides. It’s a cool and unique watch but at $48K there are other choices out there which offer more complicated movements. So you really have to like the in-line movement a lot I guess.

    • Gokart Mozart

      I agree. It could do with losing a bit in the case size as well, It would make the movement seem bigger. In this model I think they should go for a less ornate, slightly industrial finish. I do love the sapphire in the case band.

      Not sure if it’s a similar price but I would probably go for the Arnold & Son time pyramid or the Ulysse Nardin Freak, if I wanted this type of watch. Or from Corum the rectangular GB Automatic.

      • Now you are talking – the Time Pyramid and Freak are on my grail list.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Those additional bridge components on the side are unnecessary and distract from the great movement construction. Would like to see a white gold version without those extra bridges and diamond. That one could be a good match for the western male target group.

  • I like it too. I think it is a clever idea to solve several problems the original bridge had: the shape -as Ariel mentions in his article- the see-through dial, which puts many people off, whilst maintaining the personality of the watch. Even though the movement -which I consider very attractive- is slightly lost in this configuration, the watch delivers. As Mark says it will not be a first option, but could very well be one when you haved covered your basic needs of Lange’s, L. Ferrier’s et al.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Made for the display case…as it is.

  • commentator bob

    The Chinese made watches, through their own brands and brands like Stuhrling and Rougois, do this mechanical bridge concept much better.

    Of course you’ll have to pay up big time, $50 – $100, for one of those watches.

    Compared to that this $41,700 to $48,000 watch from a HK owned women’s brand is an incredible steal.

    • A local watch store used to carry watches with those Chinese made inline movements. Fully 30% were dead on arrival at the store. And there was no getting parts (or replacement movements from the original supplier), so they were just toys that once broken were just trash waiting to be taken out. So yeah, a lot cheaper but not really comparable goods. Cheers.

      • commentator bob

        I recommend getting any watch from a retailer with a good return policy (e.g. Amazon prime for a cheap Chinese watch), but if this kind of watch costs $100 and lasts a year someone has come out $2,000 ahead of the lost yearly interest at a conservative 5% that would come from the $40,000 spent on this Corum.

        And it’s not like expensive low production Swiss watches, especially from marginal brands, have a great reputation for reliability.

        A cheap Chinese watch is to enjoy now, not to give to your kids like a Rolex or Patek. But this Corum is not a watch to give to your kids either. If Corum exists in 20 years AND has parts for this watch I will be shocked. This is just a disposable $40,000+ watch instead of a disposable $100 watch.

  • word-merchant

    Nasty.

  • Joel Schumann

    Possibly the least successful design I have seen here: Breaking up a round case (with hands moving around that case in a circular way) into 3 columns (with 2 of them ornamental) is not going to win them any design awards. When I look at the watch all I see are those 3 columns – I have to look actively for those bloody hands. A designer actually trained in design, and knowing a thing or two about perception too, rather than engineering should have stopped this when the first draft was presented.

    But hey, there’s precious metal and it’s “unique”, so for sure, they will sell some and possibly enough to even make a profit.

  • SuperStrapper

    A classic look for sure. Golden bridge watches have been around for some time. Not to my taste, but I enjoy that they exist.

  • cg

    I keep trying to make out roman numerals on the “bridge” supports… not a great design.

  • BNABOD

    While technically impressive it is so fugly to me

  • Peter D

    At least it’s not the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Larry Holmack

    Not exactly the “mechanical” wonder they once were all those years ago…..since almost every watch maker has made a “bridge movement” watch somewhere along the way. I have one in my collection that looks very nice and always gets compliments whenever I wear it. Oh..it’s actually only 42 mm’s….& is one of my “go to” dress watches.

  • Kuroji

    It look like wrist strap block the crown.

    • No it does not. The crown is easy to use for setting the time (if you actually want to do so). It is very easy to wind with your off hand thumb. (If you care about it keeping time.) [See above.]

      • Kuroji

        That is good. It is hard to tell from pictures under article.

  • I saw this watch in Basel. It is pretty, but frankly, it made no sense to me what so ever. Why build it? Where is the market? But then product marketing has never been Corum’s (or the Swiss watch industry’s) strong suite anyway.

    This movement is at home in the ladies models with the vertical 21 x 43 x 11mm cases. It makes for a beautiful piece of jewelry that just happens to keep time. (That said, I have known a few women who have this style GB. I have never seen any of them actually wind the movement or set the time.) Also note that this example is a $41K watch.

    http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/3/7/3/1/9/9/webimg/907047946_o.jpg

    I had one of the ceramic case men’s GBs for a time. (No, I did not buy it.) Wore it mostly with formal wear. Got lots of compliments. But nobody ever asked what it cost, or where to find one.

    The movement is beautiful, but quite small, and somewhat fragile. And the power reserve is very short. Mine would never run even twenty-four hours from full wind. Not the most accurate either.

    I always admired the technology and the work that goes into the movement. But it’s still, for the most part a mechanical piece of jewelry. Why Corum would engineer and build a new style case around it (again) make’s no sense to me.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      “Why Corum would engineer and build a new style case around it”
      IMO, 2 reasons:
      1. Becasue they can. “Technical masturbation” if you will.
      2. To sell watches. Their is a market for such as this. I whink all made will be sold.

      • Ditto to number one. Doubtful on number two. It simply does not matter to them. When you have billionare owner who just wants to spend money to prove he can, the entire exercise is rather pointless.

  • spiceballs

    Certainly reminiscent of the (old, decaying) NY bridges over the East River, to me

  • Boogur T. Wang

    A very interesting design.
    I’m certain thst everyone who buys one will have their own special reason.

  • Timestandsstill

    Corum has had an interesting evolution as a brand and ownership chain for over 60 years but have some still strong core designs. Years ago one of the watches that first got me excited about haute horIogerie was the original Golden Bridge. I like this piece in many ways and am sure they will sell some. To me it’s rather like a very masculine piece of wrist jewelry and makes a little more sense viewed as such than as a pure watch design with obvious flaws.
    Not every watch reviewed or shown here needs to be evaluated strictly from the standpoint of a value proposition, a “watch one would personally consider buying” or compared to what else at that price range exists with more “street cred” or prestige.

  • funNactive

    I usually like to see a sweeping second hand but in this skeletonized case, watching the gears turn an take it’s place.

  • JosephWelke

    Rarely has so much watch surrounded so tiny a movement.

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