Corum's newest model
The Corum Seafender 47 chronograph with a tourbillon. An aesthetic wonder and a wonderful piece of mechanical engineering. The new Corum Seafender has a tourbillon in an interesting place, at 10 o'clock. The balance wheel inside the 14mm carriage beats at 28,800 BPH, a higher beat rate than most tourbillons. The watch does have a running seconds dial due to the fact that the tourbillon cage stands in for the second hand. In place of the usual seconds dial at 6 o'clock there is a 60-minute counter for the chronograph. At three o'clock, instead of a usually date window, there is another subdial for date. I don't like these types of subdials since one day can easily be confused with another due to the small size. The watch case is 47mm in diameter with a little extra added due to the crown and pushers. The watch comes in three versions, an aluminum with a black ceramization treatment for extra protection, an 18kt red gold version and another 18kt red gold version with baguette diamonds around the dial. All the versions have the same CO 398 movement and smoke casebacks. The smoked caseback is quite interesting and after having seen it in person on the tour of their factory I can approve of it. It darkens the crystal a considerable amount, enough to match the black of the dial but not enough to hide the movement. It is an interesting thing that I have yet to see on another watch. Another thing that all the watches share in common is the black alligator strap. These lend to a much more elegant look to the watch that might otherwise be only for casual wear. With the alligator strap however, it works for both. This is a beautifuly done watch and I can attest to the fact that it may be the highest quality watch one may ever put on their wrist. Due to the fact that this is such a new watch no information on pricing has been announced yet. To see all the pictures of the different versions you can visit Corum's website here: http://www.corum.ch/site/#/COLLECTION/W
ATCHDETAIL/462. The watch is a fantastic addition to Corum's collection and the design team really hit it out of the park this time. The blend of materials and colors mesh to be a watch that will work for all situations and I don't think there is a better brand in terms of quality to buy from.
Jake Fogarty is the founder of It's All About Watches and writer for most of what you will read here. If you want to contact me you can visit the contact and advertising page.
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