Japanese Movement Replica Corum – The Romvlvs
The Romvlvs was created by accident. In 1966, when Corum Watches Dubai Replica received the dials for its new creation Romvlvs in the run-up to the Baselworld show, the hour markers were missing. The supplier had forgotten to add them. René Bannwart, who had founded the company eleven years earlier, decided to go ahead with the Basel launch anyway. As an emergency measure, he had the hour markers engraved directly on the bezel.
The collection that is being presented in 2018 has one unique characteristic: it’s a piece that collectors themselves have demanded. “When I took on this position, I was struck by the detailed knowledge that the major collectors had of our history,” explains Jérôme Biard, CEO of Corum. “After travelling the world several times, I noticed that there was a real desire for the Romvlvs Retrograde Annual Calendar, everywhere from Asia to the Americas. As the original was released in 2008, it seemed that an anniversary edition for 2018 would present a wonderful opportunity. We wanted it to be a very limited edition for these well-informed collectors.”
The Romvlvs 44 Annual Calendar is playful and imbued with la dolce vita, it seamlessly blends the refinement of pink gold with a lively and feisty green. Of classical allegiance, it can’t resist the charms of a modern rubber bracelet.
The Romvlvs Calendrier Annuel Rétrograde © Corum
While its dial appears traditional, it is in fact a smoky quartz sapphire whose transparency, like a mischievous veil, reveals the mechanical calibre. Preserving the essence of the original Romvlvs, the calibre is still the famous CO502, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and ensuring a power reserve of over two days (55 hours). The date is read in a way that is both intuitive and original. Intuitive in that it reads naturally from left to right, going from day to date to month. Original in that it simultaneously makes use of two apertures and a central hand to provide this information, once again demonstrating Corum’s creativity in technical watchmaking.
There is a lot of debate on the subject of watches as art. Although a watch should not be art to be of notice, I am a firm believer in their own potential to straddle the boundaries of function, form, and philosophy where appropriate. In the case of those Corum Watches Romvlvs Replica Bubble watches, it seems to be a brand’s effort at creating a pure objet d’art. It is correct, the Corum Bubble watches are not really like anything else that the brand makes (or much like whatever anyone makes, for that matter), but they’re designed to be beautiful things, which is something they have in common with different timepieces bearing the Corum logo.The devotion to the sphere in these pieces is unwavering. In my view, this collection works simply because it is so unconcerned with anything but the loyal realisation of its own unique idea. To take advantage of this re-release chance, Corum has partnered with famous cymbal producer Paiste. Paiste have been enlisted to create a exceptional dial to get the Corum Bubble Paiste special edition watch. The dial of the Corum Bubble Paiste is a very small cymbal made by Paiste at precisely the exact same way they’d earn a full-size cymbal. I am quietly confident it would work as planned were it removed from the housing and attached to some kit, but if it’s only for show, it seems great.
The diameter of the piece has been increased to 44 mm, emphasising more than ever the pink gold and rubber bezel on which the hour markers are directly engraved, the distinctive sign of the Romvlvs. The back of the piece reveals the watchwords of the Romvlvs: “URBS” (city in Latin) and “ROMA”, as well as the profile of a legionnaire. The Romvlvs 44 Annual Calendar is presented in a limited edition of 25 pieces.