Three special edition re-issues continue the 55th anniversary celebrations for luxury Swiss brand Corum, a firm WatchPress favourite. The brand was established in 1955 by Gaston Reis, an independent watchmaker and his nephew René Bannwart. From the beginning the brand delivered an innovative and original portfolio of luxury watches, including a succession of distinctive eye-catching pieces for ladies. Two of the latest releases are re-issues of these vintage styles. The first Corum Golden Tube watch was released in 1957. It's quirky shape does in fact resemble a tube measuring 31mm x 14.5mm, and for this celebratory edition the case and case sides are adorned with 3.58 carats of diamonds. Like the original, the fluted crown appears at the top of the case at the 12 o'clock location allowing the perfect tube-like form to remain uninterrupted.
The Corum Golden Tube features a quartz movement, the C0137 and is available in red gold or white gold editions each limited to 30 pieces.
Next, the fanciful, aptly titled Chapeau Chinois or Chinese Hat watch which first appeared in 1958 with its characteristic broad gold "brim". For 2010 the bezel is adorned with 142 linear set diamonds.
The piece features a quartz movement, the C0237, adjustable by means of a corrector hidden beneath the watchcase. The Corum Chinese Hat 2010 is available in red gold or white gold limited to 30 pieces for each edition.
Finally, the resplendent Corum Golden Bridge which was first launched in 1980 and is perhaps the most elegant of Corum's Four Pillars. The Corum Round Golden Bridge features the C0113 baguette-shaped mechanical movement, a movement so slim it almost defies belief, a movement so slender it almost appears to be an optical illusion, a movement so astoundingly svelte that you immediately turn over the watchcase to see where they put the rest of it......
For 2010 the Round Golden Bridge features a guilloché dial (on either side of the movement), open-worked hands and of course an exhibition caseback. That minute micro-engineered movement has a power reserve of 40 hours and solid gold mainplate and bridges with hand-engraving. The release will be limited to 75 pieces worldwide.