Best known for their technically groundbreaking Golden Bridge and popular Bubble collections, last week Corum launched a new ‘Heritage Lab’ collection at their opening of a new Beijing boutique, with the two inaugural Heritage Lab 01 models limited to ninety-nine pieces each.
The concept behind the new line is that the watches will be limited editions and all with a focus on a modern form and aestheic, but also with a clear technical watchmaking core.
These two launch Heritage Corum Lab 01 models feature a tonneau-shaped Grade The Grade 5 titanium black DLC case measuring 39.8mm x 55mm x 11.7mm and with a water resistance of 50m. The use of titanium also extends to the crown.
The two variants differ only in one respect, colour. One features the use of anthracite and red and the other, anthracite and white, most prominently on the dial side. The hands have Super-LumiNova to match the dial/ model colour, and the sides of the case are in either red or white rubber.
The sharp simple modern lines of the skeletonised dial show off the shaped-to-case automatic Calibre CO 410, which beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of 50 hours. It features Cotes de Genève decoration and the the micro rotor, with spiral finishing, can be seen on the dial side. The finishing style was chosen to add visual interest and highlight the micro rotor when in motion. It is important to remember that movements that are made to fit a case shape that is not round are always something worth noting. This one was made for Corum by Le Cercle des Horlogers.
The new Heritage Lab 01 comes on a black rubber strap with a titanium black DLC folding clasp, and has an RRP of 13,800 CHF.