Up for sale is a Corum 18k Rose Gold Limited Edition 12/15 (Ref 274.830.56) Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Automaton Quarter Repeating Commemorative Yachting Regatta Wristwatch c. 1999. Signed dodecahedral 18k rose gold case no. 585173 measures 41mm and features a bezel with colorful enamel nautical pennants which can be rotated counterclockwise to activate the quarter repeating mechanism. Matte gilt guilloche dial is signed ‘Anniversary’ ‘Corum’ with applied baton indexes and rose gold hands, and features three shuttered apertures which open upon the activation of the repeating mechanism, with the two upper apertures revealing two nautical pennants which simulate striking for hour and quarter, while the larger aperture at 6 o’clock, which reads ‘No. 12’ when shut, slides open to reveal a rotating pictorial panorama of an open ocean yacht regatta. Signed automatic 35 jewel nickel-finished lever movement. Quarter repeating on two gongs with two hammers. Red genuine shark band (not pictured) with 18k rose gold Corum buckle. Watch is in mint/unused and unworn condition. Inventory no. 22073
Named for the legendary sailing race of the same name, the Admiral’s Cup is arguably Corum’s most famous collection, and is the brand’s flagship line. While the very first watch in this collection was introduced in 1960, it was not until the release of the reinterpreted 1983 edition that the most distinctive and immediately recognizable design elements associated with it- colorful nautical pennants and a distinctive 12-sided bezel – were incorporated. Today Corum’s visually distinctive Admiral’s Cup watches continue to be associated with all major sailing events – the combination of technical excellence and sporty colorful aesthetics are tied inextricably to the major sailing competitions and prestigious sailors of the last 50 years, and are made in tribute to the spirit of men of the sea.