Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle: Reshaping a Classic

Corum‘s iconic Golden Bridge debuted in 1980 in its original barrel-shaped case. Last year, the Swiss brand introduced a redesigned version in a more traditional round case. At this year’s upcoming Baselworld watch fair, Corum will introduce yet another variation of the Golden Bridge, in a new, Art Deco-influenced rectangular case. Here’s a sneak peek.

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The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle debuts at Baselworld 2017.

The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle, like its round-cased predecessor, is the brainchild of renowned designer Dino Modolo. The baguette-shaped, linear-oriented, manual-winding movement, Caliber CO113, is visible in the center of the open dial and boasts a high level of engraving and finishes on its 18k gold bridges and plate. It is surrounded on both sides by 18k gold structures representing six Roman numerals whose curved shapes and rivets call to mind the architecture of a bridge. The movement’s timekeeping functions are on full display, with the spring barrel at 6 o’clock feeing energy to the escapement at 12 o’clock. Caliber Co 113 has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz) and a power reserve of 40 hours. read more

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The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

In this article in our series on the basics of divers’ watches, DiveintoWatches.com takes on what is probably the most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel.

Its function is actually quite simple: before a diver’s descent, the 12 o’clock bezel marker is aligned with the minute hand, allowing the elapsed time, up to 60 minutes, to be read on the bezel (which is why quite a few dive watches come with a particularly prominent minute hand). A unidirectional, ratcheting construction ensures that – if the bezel is accidentally moved – the time already spent underwater would be indicated as longer than actually spent, providing the diver with a safety reserve for his now more imminent ascent. The bezel/minute hand combination does not, however, directly measure how much air remains in the air tank, as still can be read quite often in press releases. read more

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“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles.

The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time has a rose-gold case and hands and a silver dial. Unlike most repeaters and other chiming watches, it has its chiming mechanism integrated into the dial design. The black-polished steel hammers are located on either side of the large small-seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The hammer on the right strikes the quarter hours and the one on the left, the full hours. The two gongs, embedded in a recess between the dial and the bezel, are also visible from the dial side. Every 15 minutes, the mechanism triggers the striking of one of the gongs — three high-pitched chimes for each quarter hour and one low-pitched chime for the top of every full hour. The watch has a device that can deactivate the chiming mechanism whenever the owner wishes to not be disturbed by it: Simply press the push-piece at 4 o’clock and the hammers raise away from the gongs and hold in place, thus silencing the watch. For more details, click here. read more

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TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Watches For 2017 Watch Releases

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Watches For 2017

For 2017, TAG Heuer has updated the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm watches with skeletonized dials and some new color options, which provides a good opportunity to briefly reflect on the intricacies of this piece.

You see, at times when most major brands so scarcely gather the courage, resources, designer talent, and/or whatever else it would take, it was understandably refreshing to see the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 make its debut… as much as two years ago already. In the intervening time, TAG Heuer has also stepped up their game at delivering the different iterations of the Heuer-01 to retailers – supplies in places were reportedly limited – and now it is just down to creating yet newer versions around the solid foundations that this iteration of the TAG Heuer Carrera provides. read more

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