Watches: Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon

By Thierry Ané on February 11, 2014

With its iconic twelve-sided case, the Admiral’s Cup collection has always been Corum’s sporty alternative to the elegant Bridges line. Once in a while, though, even legendary designs need to be updated to preserve their universal appeal. At Baselworld 2013, this is exactly what Corum did with the introduction of the Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 collection.

Faithfull to its design roots, the new case kept hold of the dodecagonal bezel but adopted a multi-layer construction. It is now composed of five parts: a bezel, a middle part and a back linked together by two intermediate inlays. This “sandwich” construction allows the brand to play with materials and colours and offers unlimited combinations.

Right from the beginning, the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based manufacture experimented with this versatile case and offered attractive variations of its Admiral's Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph model including a titanium version, a titanium and red gold alternative or a black PVD titanium and red gold model.

So far, it is certainly with the colourful Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph Americas seriesWatches: Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph Americas created to honour Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and the American continent as a whole that the brand best explored the endless possibilities of this new case in terms of design.

The aesthetic exploration is not the only path followed by Corum with this exciting collection. Indeed, instead of housing the CO132 chronograph calibre of the original models, the Admiral's Cup AC-One Regatta is equipped with the CO040 movement, a chronograph with a regatta countdown function.

For this year’s Baselworld, the brand introduces the first High Horology model in the Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 line. And we are not talking about inserting a high-end calibre already presented in another Admiral’s Cup sub-collections: no, this year, the AC-One 45 has the honour of housing the new CO1008 calibre.

This new movement proves how serious a contender Corum has become in the high-end segment. In order to get rid of the effects of gravity and to ensure remarkable accuracy, this manually-wound calibre boasts not just one but two-parallel-mounted tourbillons, visible on the lower part of the dial. As if this complication was not enough, the brand paired it with a retrograde date that forms a semicircle above the two escapements. Visible through the exhibition case back, this brand new calibre presents a very contemporary horizontal satin-brushed finish and anthracite grey engravings.

The 45 mm case of the version presented here is entirely made of titanium with black PVD titanium inserts but a red gold version will be available as well as two diamond-set variants (we will have to wait Baselworld for more pictures). The dial is made of anthracite grey brass with the split pomegranate motif characteristic of the original Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 models. A black alligator strap with a titanium (or red gold depending on the version) folding buckle completes the look.

Lastly, let me mention that its sturdy look does not mislead you: despite its delicate movement, this watch is cut out for adventure and features a surprisingly high water resistance: 300 meters. It is a stunning timepiece with a well-balanced design, an extremely contemporary case of nice proportions and an intricate movement. What more could we wish for?

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