Corum chose to unveil their latest version of the Corum Admiral's Cup Tides 48 at the prestigious Salon Belles Montres held in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris last weekend. Corum have a well established bond with the world of sailing, one which has seen the Admiral's Cup evolve from the elegant Carré case-shape of the 1960's to the chunky instantly recognisable rounded 12-sided case of today. The Admiral's Cup Tides or "Marées" was first launched in 1993 and was developed with the assistance of the Geneva Astronomical Observatory and the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the French Navy. Functions of the Tides 48 include tide times, strength of currents and strength and size of tides. If you wear this piece when you set out to sea, calibrate it properly and pay attention to the indications then this watch will be your sailor's friend. If you run aground while wearing this watch maybe you should quit sailing and take up golf.
The latest edition of the Admiral's Cup Tides 48 is naturally a 48mm piece, constructed from either titanium or 18ct red gold. The dial has been refreshed, gone are the outsize Arabic "60" and "30" numerals of previous editions and the colourful pennant hour markers have for this piece been toned down to monochrome.
The sub-dials have been tidied up and the ingenious addition of transparent hour and minute hands is both functional and fabulous. At the 12 o'clock position is the moonphase and tidal range indicator, the counter at 6 o'clock indicates tide times and over at 9 o'clock is the strength of current and tide position indicator. A date aperture is at the 3 o'clock position. Inside is the Corum C0277 tide movement with power reserve of 42 hours.
The Corum Admiral's Cup Tides 48 comes presented on the sculpted Corum black rubber strap.