In the current Corum fake watch product series, my favorite watch series is the Admiral Cup. The original Admiral’s Cup watch originated in the 1980s, based on the no longer existing rowing competition, is the first yacht watch, can be worn on the deck or off-deck rowing shoes and captain’s hat. For a long time, the logo of the Admiral Cup series is the 12-sided case and the use of colored flags on the hour markers. Most of the latter has been devalued because the color no longer exists on most new Admiral’s Cup watches. Many new Admiral Cup watches are still cool. However, watches like Chronograph Tourbillon 47 Seafender (in their own way interesting) I feel that the original theme and personality of the Admiral Cup series have been officially abandoned.
In fact, when the Seafender 47 Tourbillon GMT was released in 2011, we launched the Seafender version of the Admiral’s Cup watch for the first time. 47 mm wide, Corum decided to produce an aluminum tourbillon suitable for the yacht watch series. There is also an 18k red gold version. Although these Seafender tourbillons are really interesting, I don’t think it is necessary to put them in the Admiral’s cup case. The diamond-encrusted model above is one of the strangest characters I have ever seen this year. This is not a question of good or bad, even if it does not suit me, it is more important that it distorts the DNA of the Admiral Cup series, so that it almost loses any meaning.
On paper, Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronograph Tourbillon 47 Seafender sounds like a good idea. It has many interesting features and smooth materials, so the sum of its various parts can actually be very provocative. Instead, we have a watch that matches the Abrams tank like Cadillac. In my opinion, these aggressive worlds of luxury boating and high-end complications are not properly integrated.
This Seafender does not pair a tourbillon with a GMT complication, but combines a tourbillon with a chronograph-also with a date dial. Powering the watch is the CO 398 self-winding movement, which is very good. If you remember what I said about the first Corum Seafender watch, it is that the movement view looks better than the dial. The CO 398 movement is very rare. It is a self-winding movement of a tourbillon. Most importantly, it is a tourbillon that runs at 4 Hz. The 60-minute chronograph is based on a column wheel with a beautiful tourbillon window (with the Corum key logo on it) on the dial. This dial is more stable than Seafender GMT, but the version that actually has small round cut diamonds on the sub-dial is not suitable for me. Let me ask you,
Chronograph Tourbillon 47 Seafender is an Admiral’s Cup. Nothing special about sports or display feels like a logical extension of the Admiral’s Cup DNA. Something like this would be more meaningful in the Romulus collection. The relative popularity of the Admiral’s Cup series makes it a hotbed for almost all new concepts Corum wants to release, which seems unfair. If they want to examine their past, Corum will find that they are a brand with outstanding design creativity and aesthetic ingenuity. I really hope that they will return Admiral’s Cup to a place that is truly nautical or yachting, and create a new visual reference for their work that wants to include a tourbillon chronograph.
I have never really liked watches with aluminum cases because they are fragile. copy Corum claims that the aluminum version of this watch has some type of “ceramic” coating to provide a dark gray tone. Does this mean that there is some type of ceramic coating on the case to make it strong? I’m not sure, this is not what they said. Although I can say that I am not a big fan of the matte gray surface of the case. In short, I think Corum really missed the opportunity to design highly complex works like this. Keep any personality left by the Admiral’s Cup series and make it a great collection again. When it comes to tourbillons or the use of new materials and manufacturing methods, maybe it is better to design a new series than with a name like “Seafender”. I believe most people will argue that there is no business that can be paired with a tourbillon.