Corum’s Titanium Breakthrough

  • Laurie Kahle

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)

From Around the Web...
Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin’s artistic director
Artistic director Christian Selmoni reveals design direction, industry trends, and the new Celestia…
Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in Bronze
Will the latest heritage-inspired Pilot watch be the new darling of the collecting community?
Jaeger LeCoultre Master Chronograph
Robb Report takes a closer look at one of the most talked about watches launched at SIHH…
Share your love of horology with your partner with a couple of watches you can wear together…
These racy watches offer a slightly different way to say “I Love You” to your special Valentine…
We round out the week with a few of our favorite vintage watches currently up for sale…
Photo by Justin Mastine-Frost
Though not a new add to the F.P. Journe catalog, the Octa Sport ARS Titanium remains an exceptional...
Cased in Quartz TPT composite and sapphire, these are the new motorsport-inspired watches to covet...
We count down our 8 favorite new releases that flew under the radar this past month in Geneva…
The TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 is the most complex of the watches in its series…