Unveiled at Basel-world 2018, the Hobo Coins collection proudly follows the footsteps of iconic coin watches created by Corum.
Originally a popular art form developed by vagrants, now the hobo coin is being revived by the exceptional and talented artist Aleksey Saburov.
It once was the poor man’s coin. Five cents, made from nickel, issued shortly before the Great Depression. They were worth so little that even vagrants would rework them to earn a miserly profit. This earned them the name “hobo coins”, created from small change minted by the United States from 1913 onwards, serving as witness to a past of hope and roaming, creativity and popular crafts. They were the creation of travelling workers who crossed the continent in freight trains, soldiers bound for the front during the First World War, or penniless artists seeking a fleeting American dream.
Today, genuine hobo coins have become extremely scarce. Since 1992, an independent organisation, the Original Hobo Nickel Society has steadfastly preserved this heritage, determined to prevent this popular art form from falling into obscurity, given its involvement in a critical period of US and world history on the eve of the great crash of 1929.
Freelance artist Aleksey Saburov is helping to promote its historic revival. A Russian engraver living in New York, he produces 21st-century hobo coins, subverting popular imagery and its legends, demons and beliefs to create genuine unique works of art, micro-engraved on authentic early 20th-century five-cent pieces.
Corum gave the artist the chance to showcase his work in its well-known Coin collection, reviving the forgotten art of hobo coins specially for a very limited edition of unique pieces.
Each entirely hand-engraved Hobo Coin will be a unique piece by definition. Aleksey Saburov has produced a number of original motifs for Corum, each of which will become the dial of a 43 mm timepiece powered by an in-house automatic mechanical movement.
For the first time, this new “Coin” collection of unique pieces will be available on a denim strap. Its blue-grey tones are judiciously paired with the piece’s silver case and its blue sapphire crown.
Model: Heritage Artisans Coin Watch
Reference: C082/03599 – 082.646.01/0251 HO01
Availability: Unique Piece
Movement number: CO 082
Winding system: Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28’800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2”’
Material: 925 silver coin
Distinctive features: CORUM logo transferred under the sapphire glass • US1$ coin • Hand decorated surfaces
Dimension: 43 mm
Thickness: 7.60 mm
Case material: Silver 925
Crown material: Silver 925 • 1 Round blue sapphires • ~ 0.17 ct
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back type: 925 silver coin
Water-resistance: 10 meters / 1 ATM
Hour and minute: Baton • Black varnish
Interhorn/Buckle: 22/18 mm
Buckle type: Tongue buckle
Buckle material: Stainless steel
Buckle distinctive features: Engraved CORUM logo