While 2010 marks the 55th anniversary of CORUM’s founding by René Bannwart, this year is also the 50th anniversary of one of its most iconic collections: the Admiral’s Cup. To celebrate the event in due style, Corum has introduced a number of new models to the collection, including a Minute Repeater Tourbillon, as well as its first diver’s watch. Continuing the year with a flourish, the brand from La Chaux de-Fonds, is now opting for an original exercise in style by presenting the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher, a timepiece equipped with a mono-pusher chronograph.
Whereas the classic twin-pusher chronograph is the most popular sports-watch complication, the monopusher chronograph is a much less common and more refined variation reserved for more initiated customers. This complication with its single pusher serving to stop, start and reset the chronograph is generally associated with models featuring a more classic appearance. In tune with its tradition of innovation and originality, Corum has chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Admiral’s Cup by once again rowing against the tide and introducing this particular complication. Thanks to the Corum-exclusive CO961 movement, the brand is even going a step further by deciding to rewrite the codes of the mono-pusher chronograph: the chronograph minute hand, traditionally placed in a dedicated subdial, is in this instance mounted on the same axis as the conventional hour and minute hands -hence the name “Centro Mono-pusher”.
In addition to resulting in a timepiece with an original face that is extremely uncluttered for a chronograph, it is also patently more readable, especially since the chronograph minute hand has a particularly suitable design featuring a slender black base and a wider red tip.
Further underscoring the sporting spirit of this watch, its 44 mm case with its characteristic twelve-sided shape is made from ultra-light grade 5 titanium, covered with an extremely resistant matt black PVD coating with an impressive hardness of 1300 Vickers. The bezel is also black PVD-coated and features softened angles. The chronograph function is activated by a lever placed at 2 o’clock on the case middle, a particularly ergonomic position.
The multi-level dial, of which the center is adorned with Côtes de Genève – a decorative motif traditionally reserved for movements – is dominated by shades of dark grey and black, including the lacquered nautical pennants arranged around the inner bezel ring to indicate the hours, the black luminescent coating of the facetted hands, the “30” and “60” numbers, and the applied chevrons. A sprinkling of red accents – the index indicating the date in a large window, the minute-circle index and the chronograph minute hand – creates a vivid contrast with the extreme-black design and reveals the bold character of this timepiece. Even the mechanical self-winding movement visible through the sapphire crystal is enhanced by a specific finish, since the oscillating weight is also black PVD-coated. This chronograph is chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of precision and reliability.
Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher is fitted with a black vulcanized rubber strap and a titanium-capped steel folding clasp. It is issued in a limited numbered series of 555, a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Admiral’s Cup.
And for those won over by the spirit of the Centro Chronograph – with its central minute hand – but who prefer a traditional twin-pusher chronograph and a more generously sized case, the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Centro is the reference model to look for.
Model: Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher
Reference 960.101.94/F371 AN12
Limited Edition to 555 pieces
Self-winding chronograph, CO961, COSC certified
Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations/hour
Special CORUM finish, including the oscillating weight engraved with the brand name and black PVD treatment
Power reserve of 48 hours
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph with minutes and seconds indication in the center
Chronograph function (start, stop, reset) operated by one lever-pusher at 2 o’clock
44mm diameter, twelve-sided case
Titanium with black PVD treatment
Crown in titanium, engraved with CORUM key
Black vulcanized rubber bezel and crown protector
Screwed open back in titanium with black PVD treatment
Glass: Cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 atmospheres (330feet / 100 meters)
Black with Côtes de Genève
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
12 monochrome nautical pennants representing the hours transferred on the fitted flange
Minutes and minute chevrons with black Superluminova
Facetted hour and minute hands with black Superluminova
60 minutes chronograph hand with red Superluminova
Seconds hand counterweight shaped like the CORUM key
Date indication in a window at 3 o’clock
CORUM logo applied on the dial
Black vulcanized rubber strap, width 22/20 mm
Buckle: Triple folding clasp in steel with black PVD coated cover engraved with CORUM logo