Luxury Swiss watchmaker Corum has created a Lab collection where mechanics take precedence, in a contemporary yet disruptive timepiece. The first two barrel-shaped series, each limited to 99 pieces, were launched recently in Beijing. Different, unique, off the beaten track: Corum’s conception of watchmaking today has no equal. The brand launched a new limited series that embodies this manifesto: the Heritage Corum Lab 01. The idea: offer pieces with a racing, sculptural, technical, modern spirit and which will only be available as limited editions.

DISRUPTIVE TIMEPIECEThe first two “Heritage Corum Lab 01” models feature a barrel-shaped case made entirely of black DLC. A rare occurrence in modern watchmaking: the caliber that drives these two Heritage Corum Lab 01 watches is a “shape movement”, that is to say a movement that has been made to measure for the case, in contrast to a round movement that is placed in a differently-shaped case, which, for technical ease, is how the immense majority of watches are made. Here, the caliber and the case are closely intertwined, one molding to the contours of the other.

Corum has opted for an open worked dial which allows for the CO 410 skeleton caliber that fits snugly in the case to be admired. The dial, reduced to its simplest expression, comes in grey anthracite enhanced with either red or white, depending on the version. Enthusiasts will also note the micro-rotor, visible from the dial side, featuring a contemporary spiral finish to accentuate the “speed” effect when it begins to rotate.

These are two models which embody the brand’s disruptive approach to watchmaking, as evidenced by the juxtaposition of ‘Heritage’ and ‘Lab’. In traditional Fine Watchmaking, the two concepts are never associated with one another. Heritage looks to the past, the lab to the future. The underlying principle that the watchmaker is establishing with the Heritage Corum Lab 01 is precisely to create a dialogue between these two.

What would René Bannwart or Severin Wunderman have made of Corum heritage today? Progressive, even avant-garde innovators, certainly wouldn’t simply have just reissued pieces. The Heritage Corum Lab 01 is the brand’s response to this vision which drives Corum, today more than ever.

Both watches feature a CO 410 automatic movement with key functions including hours, minutes and a 50-hour power reserve. The tonneau-shaped case dimensions are identical measuring 38mm, 30 x 32mm and the movement is finished with a Cote de Genève decoration. The watch case is made of titanium grade 5 with black DLC treatment. The watch dials though are dissimilar i.e. one limited edition features a charcoal grey & red dial.

The second limited edition shares most of the above features except the dial colors which are charcoal grey & white. Both editions are water resistant to 50 meters and have a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and an open back cover with glare proof sapphire crystal. Both limited editions are fitted with a rubber strap with an 18 mm triple folding clasp.