Corum’s Titanium Breakthrough

With its high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion-resistant properties, titanium has long been a popular metal for watches, though it’s generally used for cases and bracelets. Corum breaks new ground with the lightweight metal by machining it for the bridges and plates of the Caliber CO 007, its new in-house movement, which debuted in this year’s Ti-Bridge ($12,900). The design, which is derived from Corum’s distinctive Golden Bridge, showcases its titanium linear movement through a large convex sapphire crystal that spans the 42.5mm-by-41.5mm grade 5 titanium tonneau-shaped case. The watch’s most striking and unmistakable visual signature is a pair of titanium cross bars that are screwed into the flange, which is integrated within the case, to secure the movement and solidify its construction. The first of what will become a family of Caliber CO 007 timepieces, the Ti-Bridge is available exclusively at Tourneau until January 2010, after which distribution will be expanded. (www.corum.ch)

The new timepiece has a fluid-based linear timekeeping display…
The new watch has multiple systems to ensure that its movement receives consistent power…
Computer-aided design is allowing watchmakers to push the boundaries of innovation...
The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…
The two back-to-back auctions will offer hundreds of unique designs…
The new variation sports a dial crafted from a meteorite...
Photo by Didier Gourdon
The new watch has a tourbillon hidden by an automaton…
The watch’s case is a mere 8.24 mm thick…
Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
Jeweler Cartier innovative work combined Roman, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese elements with...
On assuming his new position, Lambert lost little time in the development of new watches...