The Admiral’s Cup Legend 47 Worldtimer by Corum is made in two versions, one in titanium, and one in titanium with a rose gold bezel. It’s a large piece at 47 mm diameter, 17.2 mm thickness, and it is hallmarked by Corum’s characteristic nautical flags in the place of numbers, and the 12-sided bezel. It has a simple time zone function, with a window displaying the time in a second time zone, and the corresponding city with its customary initials. On the caseback, the sapphire window is engraved with the full names of the cities. The time zone is selected by means of the crown at 2 o’clock. The same crown has a pusher which, when pressed, moves the hour hand one hour forwards, useful for when you are travelling and change time zone.
The visual effect is quite complex, with the bolt-like bezel, the flags and minute markers, the second time zone ring with day/night indication, and, in the titanium/gold version, a semi-transparent central dial section that reveals part of the movement. The hour and minute hands are neatly shaped like long, thin versions of the nautical pennants, while the second hand is more classical with the Corum key logo as counterweight. Hour and minute hands are coated with SuperLuminova for night-time visibility. The nautical theme of the Admiral’s Cup Legend watches is underlined by the sturdy strap in black vulcanized rubber with stainless steel tri-folding clasp, and by the 100-metre water resistance of the case.
The watch is powered by the CO637 calibre, self-winding, running at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and providing a power-reserve of 48 hours. The open-worked oscillating weight can be seen through the smoked sapphire caseback, along with bridges reflecting Corum’s twelve-sided shape. The movement is made by Eterna, calibre 6037. Eterna is a company with long traditions, founded in 1856, and now owned – like Corum – by Chinese group Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Ltd. I suspect that the very bright gilding on parts of the movement reflects Chinese tastes, reflecting the new ownership.
References and prices
The Admiral’s Cup Legend 47 Worldtimer in the version in titanium with pink gold bezel is reference A637/02743 – 637.101.05/F371 AN01, price $15,800, 17,100 Swiss francs.
The version in titanium, with matt black dial, is reference A637/02744 – 637.101.04/F371 AN02, price $10,500.