A strange vision of weightless time
The year 2006 version of the Classical Tourbillon Midnight stages a further encounter between the know-how inherited from the noblest horological traditions and the avant-garde creativity inherent to CORUM. It once again highlights the daringly innovative design of its movement entirely sculpted in sapphire, while modifying the transparency effect by the use of black sapphire. Black sapphire slightly blurs the contours of the mobile parts of the movement, creating the illusion of a “nocturnal” vision in which they appear to be moving like shadows floating in a completely weightless state.
The tourbillon, an ingenious regulator mechanism invented in the 18th century, has been the most fascinating of the great horological complications ever since. CORUM has chosen to render it even more amazing by surrounding it with a new world of transparency.
The black sapphire bridges and plates, measuring a mere 3/10th of a millimetre thick, represent a stunning technical and aesthetic feat. Each part is openworked and strategically positioned to enable the light to guide the wondering gaze through the “shadows” of the moving parts making up this masterpiece of complexity.
Polished, bevelled and circular-grained by hand in harmony with time-honoured decorative traditions, the components radiantly reflect a love of fine craftsmanship and consummate mastery of a profession. The individual number in this limited edition of 25 appears along with the CORUM hallmark on the winding-mechanism of the movement, which is endowed with an exceptional 90-hour power-reserve.
The broad 950 platinum case with its cone-shaped profile, lateral grooves, cambered crystal and bevelled edges, mirrors the lines of the Classical watches by CORUM.
The gold Roman hour numerals integrated within the “grand feu” enamelling on the bezel ring, along with the CORUM key symbol engraved in relief on the crown, are the double signature of this masterfully conceived work of art.
|Movement||Mechanical: CO-372, maximum 90-hour power-reserve|
|Movement sculpted in sapphire|
|Series number engraved on the movement|
|Case||Diameter: 42 mm|
|Screw-in sapphire back|
|Dial, hands||Enamelled 18 karat gold bezel ring with hand-engraved “grand|
|feu” enamelled Roman numerals|
|Openworked white gold hour and minute hands|
|Crown:||18 karat gold, raised CORUM key|
|Strap:||Full grain crocodile leather with 18 karat white gold folding clasp personalised with the CORUM key|