Corum : A surprising vintage

Grand Precis

Case : 18K white or 5N rose  gold with sapphire crystal Diameter : 38.5mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (Calibre CO162 with original components, 38h power reserve) Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds Dial : champagne-coloured, applied hour-markers and hands in 5N gold Water resistance : 30m Strap : black crocodile leather with 18K 5N pin buckle.

If Corum manages to endow the Heritage collection with an image as strong as that now enjoyed by the Admiral’s Cup and Bridges lines, the feat will quite naturally be termed a tour de force. In 2010, the brand which has been on the rise again since the middle of last decade revived two of its emblematic historical models. This time, the Heritage collection is releasing two limited series highlighting the Grand Precis, presented in 1957 and exactly reproduced in every detail except size – since the new version has a diameter 2.5 mm smaller. Even its movement is composed of original parts and distinguished by an extremely large balance boasting a precision that inspired the name of this classic model with its delightful vintage look. The back of the case in rose or white gold reveals the magnificent finishing of the calibre through the sapphire case-back of this collector’s item.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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