Swiss luxury watch brand Corum has launched six new versions of the popular Admiral 42 Automatic with a distinctive dial motif.
It was three years after the inaugural America’s Cup reenactment race (celebrating the 1851 America’s Cup regatta, which today is the oldest international sailing competition) in 1957, that Corum released its first Admiral watch. The brand worked with the race organization, for which it was a sponsor, to establish the first then-square Admiral watches that made their debut in 1960.
Two decades later, in 1980, the Admiral collection was totally reimagined. It now boasted the 12-sided (dodecagonal) case shape and colored sailing pennants that quickly garnered it a cult-like following and elevated the series to the legendary status it enjoys to this day.
In the decades since, the Admiral has enjoyed grand attention as new and more visionary evolutions (always inspired by marine races and sailing) set the stage for this master of the seas timepiece.
The dial of new versions are adorned with the three-dimensional Grenadier fendu motif that was totally designed in house in La Chaux-de-Fonds by the Corum team in 2019 and is unique and proprietary to the brand. Thus far, this dial motif has only been used on the 38mm and 45mm Admiral Automatic watches, so this marks a first for the Admiral 42 Automatic.
Two dial colors are available: a rich Mediterranean sea blue and a striking midnight black. Each dial color is offered in three models: stainless steel case and bracelet; stainless steel case with color coordinated alligator leather strap; stainless steel case with 18-karat 5N rose gold bezel and crown and color-coordinated alligator leather strap with triple folding clasp.
The outer chapter flange boasts the famed nautical pennants transferred in outlined format and minute indexes. The watch features applied hour markers and white Super-LumiNova coated Dauphine skeletonized hands, date at 3:00 via an aperture and subsidiary small seconds dial at 6:00.
The sapphire crystal of each watch is treated with an anti-reflective coating, as is the case back that allows for viewing of the movement. Each watch is powered by the automatic CO 395 caliber that beats at 4 Hz and offers 42 hours of power reserve. Thanks to a screwed in caseback, the Admiral 42 Automatic watches are water resistant to 100 meters.
Model: ADMIRAL 42 AUTOMATIC
A395/04291 – 395.110.20/V720 AB60: Steel case, blue dial, steel bracelet
A395/04292 – 395.110.20/V720 AN60: Steel case, black dial, steel bracelet
A395/04293 – 395.110.20/0F02 AD60: Steel case, blue dial, blue leather strap
A395/04294 – 395.110.20/0F01 AN60: Steel case, black dial, black leather strap
A395/04299 – 395.110.24/0F01 AB60: Steel case, rose gold bezel and crown, blue dial, blue leather strap
A395/04300 – 395.110.24/0F01 AN60: Steel case, rose gold bezel and crown, black dial, black leather strap
Stainless steel case
Dimension: 42 mm
Thickness: 10.30 mm
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Crown material: Stainless steel or 5N 18kt rose gold
Bezel material: Stainless steel or 5N 18kt rose gold
Screwed in open back cover in stainless steel, sapphire crystal with anti- reflective treatment
Water-resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM
Winding system: Automatic
Functions: Hour & Minute • Date • Small second
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28’800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2’’’
Rubies: 27 to 31 rubies depending on the execution
Hour and minute: Dauphine • Rhodium-coated • Faceted • Skeleton • White Super-Luminova
Color: Blue or black
Applied rhodium-coated minute indexes with white Super-Luminova
CORUM logo applied on the dial
CORUM key applied on the dial
«Grenadier fendu» finishing
Stainless steel or alligator leather strap (black or blue)
Interhorn/Buckle: 21/18 mm
Buckle type: Triple folding clasp
Buckle material: Stainless steel