Watches: Corum Admiral's Cup AC-One 45 Tides (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 24, 2014
Although the nautical pennants have become more discreet on the dials of its timepieces, Corum remains very proud of its longstanding nautical heritage and the Admiral’s Cup collection still appears as one of the brand’s most enduring successes, particularly with its revamped AC-One 45 line.
Only launched at Baselworld last year, this new interpretation of the legendary Admiral’s Cup model has proved an instant hit and off the top of my mind, no less than sixteen versions have been presented before Baselworld 2014.
With a five-part modular 45 mm case made of a bezel, a middle part and a back linked together by two intermediate inlays, this watch is indeed conducive to customisation and the brand did not hesitate to use it as a playground to showcase its creativity. From the very classic titanium model to the more luxurious black PVD titanium and red gold and my personal favourites, namely the Mexico and the Brazil versions that truly showcase the versatility of this modular construction, Corum offered a chronograph version for every taste.
Considering the speed at which this new collection is growing, however, I was a little disappointed that the AC-One Regatta presented in 2013 was the only complication other than a chronograph in this contemporary line. At this year’s fair, the brand set things right by unveiling the AC-One 45 Tides.
The display of indications related to the tides is certainly not new for the brand as the first watch housing the self-winding CO 277 calibre debuted 21 years ago! After more than three years of development in collaboration with the Astronomic Observatory of Geneva and the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Services of the French National Navy (SHOM), Corum presented a mechanical watch indicating the time and strength of the tides, the lunar cycle, as well as the strength of the currents and the height of the tides!
In my view, this model is an absolute hallmark of Corum’s maritime anchorage and I was surprised that it was so clearly overlooked in recent years. As far as I can remember, the last model housing this beautiful movement was the Seafender 48 Tides Iate Clube de Santos in 2012. I am thus particularly delighted to witness its comeback in the streamlined AC-One 45 collection.
I also appreciate that the brand opted for bold colours so that the return of this famous calibre cannot go unnoticed. The AC-One 45 Tides is in titanium with blue PVD titanium intermediate parts. Its blue brass dial features the stunning split pomegranate motif so characteristic of this line. The watch in mounted on a blue rubber strap secured by a titanium folding buckle. The shade of blue selected is really beautiful and the watch would be the perfect companion for a summer holiday.