Watches: Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42 Dual Time Meteorite
By Thierry Ané on November 16, 2013
Corum’s Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 collection gets a new addition with the Legend 42 Dual Time Meteorite. While retaining the twelve-sided bezel of the original Admiral’s Cup line, the Legend 42 collection appears more elegant and understated. Indeed, the 12 nautical pennants have moved from the dial to the inner flange, the shape of the lugs has been rounded, the overall curvature of the watch pronounced and the size of the case reduced to 42 mm in order to transform a sports watch into a classic timepiece.
What better way of showcasing such a refined case than pairing it with a very special dial? This is exactly what Corum’s designers have done with this new watch. Indeed, the dial is carved out of Gibeon meteorite aged by radiometric dating at around four billion years. Beyond rarity, it highlights Corum’s expertise: meteorite is brittle and very hard to work with. Successfully cutting a dial so thin is an accomplishment per se. The long nickel-iron crystals create a striking visual structure in every hue of grey that is greatly enhanced by the perfectly polished red gold of the case. The applied hour markers, the circled counters and date window as well as all the hands are crafted in red gold and help to enlighten the dial.
The movement inside this limited edition of 75 pieces is also special in its own way since it is the first dual time calibre in the Legend 42 collection. Visible through the sapphire case back, calibre CO283 powers the central hours and minutes, the small seconds at 6 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock but also the second time zone displayed by two hands in a sub-dial at 12 o’clock. This automatic movement accumulates enough energy for 72 hours. The watch is fitted with a black alligator strap secured by a red gold pin buckle.