Swiss luxury watchmaker CORUM unveils a new watch model that incorporates a dial carved out of Gibeon meteorite piece which dates back to four billion years ago.
Regarded as testimony to the origins of the universe, meteorites are fragments of asteroids or comets that travel through space for millions or possibly billions of years. Very few actually reach the Earth, since they generally disintegrate upon entering the atmosphere and are revealed by shooting stars observed on summer nights.
While the peoples of the Great Namaqualand have known the Gibeon meteorite for centuries, it was officially discovered in 1836 in this arid region of Namibia by the Scottish explorer J.E. Alexander. It is precisely from these fragments of eternity scattered across around 250 square kilometers that Corum has chosen to fashion the dial of its new Admiral’s Cup.
Beautifully framed by the iconic twelve-sided case of the Admiral’s Cup Collection, the meteorite dial is graced with applied hour-markers and 5N red gold-plated luminescent hands.
The dual-time display appears at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds hand sweeps around a counter at 6 o’clock and the date is shown through a window at 3 o’clock. The automatic CO 283 movement powering these complications beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and has a 72-hour power reserve.
The Côtes de Genève finishing on its lower bridges is revealed through the transparent case-back, along with the oscillating weight adorned with special Corum decorations.
Issued in a 75-piece limited edition, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time exudes an aura of classically inspired elegance admirably expressed through a 42 mm- diameter case in 18K red gold. It remains loyal to the identity codes that have forged the legend of the Admiral’s Cup and indeed underscores its nautical origins by an inner bezel ring bearing the iconic nautical pennants extending the hour-markers.
Water-resistant to 30 meters, it is fitted with a black alligator leather strap secured by an 18K red gold pin buckle engraved with the Corum logo.
The CORUM Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time watch is delivered with a certificate of origin confirming the authenticity of the Gibeon meteorite.
Model: CORUM Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time
Limited edition of 75 pieces
Movement number: CO 283
Winding system: Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute, Second time zone,Date,Small second
Power reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28’800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2”’
Côtes de Genève finishing on the bottom bridges
Rotor with CORUM dedicated decoration
Rhodium coated rotor
Hourly nautical pennants transferred on the flange
Minute-circle indexes transferred on the flange
Inscribed “Admiral’s Cup” transferred on the dial
5N red gold-coated CORUM logo applied on the dial
Applied 5N red gold-coated hour indexes
Hour and minute: Dauphine-variant, Faceted, 5N red gold-coated, Skeleton, White superluminova
Second time zone: Dauphine-variant, Faceted, 5N red gold-coated, White superluminova
Small second: Dauphine, Faceted, 5N red gold coated, White superluminova
Dimension: 42 mm
Case material: 5N 18kt red gold
Bezel material: 5N 18kt red gold
Crown material: 5N 18kt red gold, Engraved CORUM key
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in open back cover in 5N18kt red gold with glare proof sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM
Material: Crocodile leather
Buckle type: Tongue buckle in 5N 18kt red gold with engraved CORUM logo