Cortina Watch Celebrate 50 Years With Corum: Admiral 45 Tourbillon Cortina Watch

All photos credit: Cortina Watch/Corum

Cortina Watch, one of Singapore’s leading watch retailers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and they’ve teamed up with Corum to do so. Introducing the 45mm Admiral 45 Tourbillon, a 10-piece limited series with very unique case materials and manufacturing.

The dodecagonal-shaped case is made with the random results of combining fluctuating layers of carbon composite with 18K gold inclusions which means that no two pieces are the same.

Corum are constantly pushing the boundaries of technical knowledge and design. They’re innovative and experimental, and never one to rest on their laurels. Check out the Chinese Hat from 1958, the Coin Watch in 1964, the Golden Bridge in 1980, and the Bubble watch from 2000. Creativity is simply what they do at Corum.

They’ve continued to blaze a trail with the Admiral 45 Tourbillon as to make this work and ensure that the gold is evenly dispersed, Corum had to create tools specifically for this case. They don’t go into detail what those tools are. Perhaps it’s a trade secret as this fusion material is propriety to Corum so they are the only brand to us it.

The effect this material has produced is incredibly unique. It’s almost like a camouflage pattern but that isn’t right either. It’s like you have found gold ore in stone, a precious find that’s so beautiful on its own that you don’t feel the need to remove the gold from it.

While the case steals the show, it isn’t the only thing the watch has going for it. The dial is sunray-finished anthracite with a tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position. Corum don’t often do sunray dials, so this is another treat from them. Another thing they’ve done different is the closed dial as Corum tourbillon watches typically have openworked dials. It’s a little thing, but it does add further uniqueness to the Admiral 45 when compared to Corum’s other offerings.

It must be said that this caseback isn’t it. It’s difficult to tell if the text on the back is real or a placeholder, but you would hope it’s the latter as this looks like something a child could whip up on photoshop. 

Soon Boon Chong, Vice President of Corum, said of the watch:

“The design of the Admiral 45 Tourbillon came about from Corum’s strive towards being true to its company motto, which is being an avant-gardist brand, while remaining true to its roots. There’s an interesting contrast between the rather timeless dial and the very modern case design, and overall, the watch and its elements are significative of what Corum and Cortina Watch are – leaders who have both established themselves as being at the pinnacles of the watch industry.”

Corum and Cortina have been working together since the 80s, when Corum’s watches were first retailed at the Cortina Watch boutique at Lucky Plaza.

Jeremy Lim, CEO of Cortina Watch, elaborated on their relationship:

“In 1992, Cortina Watch and Corum first got together to launch a special edition timepiece to celebrate our 20th anniversary, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to collaborate again for our golden jubilee. This extraordinary creation is a wonderful testament to our treasured relationship, which has withstood the test of time.”

These watches are available exclusively at Cortina boutiques for $90,000 SGD (~$99,890 AUD/~$62,500 USD).

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