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Corum Unveils Two Limited Edition Bubble 47 Models for the Year of the Dragon (Refs. L082/04507 & L082/04508)

Corum Bubble 47 Dragon Eye

Upsized and magnified, Corum’s tributes to 2024’s Chinese Zodiac animal are a feast for the eyes.

The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and several watchmakers have already spoilt us for choice, offering bejewelled beauties such as these and complex calibres like this. Throwing its hat in the ring, Corum is serving up two limited edition Bubble models in honour of the upcoming Year of the Dragon. Although they lack precious stones and complications, the watches more than compensate for it with stunning renditions of the mythical creature, making them statement pieces that one would want to strap on for the rest of the year and beyond.

Corum Bubble 47 Dragon and Corum Bubble 47 Dragon Eye
Corum Bubble 47 Dragon (Ref. L082/04507) & Corum Bubble 47 Dragon Eye (Ref. L082/04508).

Looking at the lively dials, there’s little wonder why Corum chose to house them in the Bubble. Introduced in 2000 by then-brand owner Severin Wunderman, the horological icon was inspired by an experimental deep-sea dive watch from the 1960s, which accounts for the oversized domed crystal devised initially to withstand the pressure of the ocean. On the Bubble, it magnifies the dial and creates captivating visual distortions, thereby attracting lovers of avant-garde watches as well as notable artists eager to express their vision on this unconventional canvas. Originally released with a 44mm case, an upsized 47mm version was eventually added to the collection in 2015. Fortuitously, Corum opted for the latter for this celebratory duo, so there’s more for us to admire and enjoy. 

Corum Bubble 47 Dragon
The Corum Bubble 47 Dragon offers a more traditional take on the mythical creature.

On the Bubble 47 Dragon (Ref. L082/04507) is a more traditional take on the legendary creature. A unique blend of contemporary watchmaking and Chinese cultural heritage, the dial has a black sunray base complete with black lacquered clouds evoking the night sky where a golden dragon takes flight. The majestic dragon’s head and torso occupy the top half of the dial, with its claws seemingly cradling the Moon, which is made of mother-of-pearl. Kudos to the brand’s attention to detail here as five-clawed dragons, like the one depicted here, were a symbol for Chinese emperors across many dynasties, and they were gold or yellow-coloured during the Qing Dynasty.

Corum Bubble 47 Dragon Eye
The celestial creature’s awesome gaze is front and centre on the Corum Bubble 47 Dragon Eye, amplified by the domed sapphire crystal.

In contrast to the Bubble 47 Dragon’s display of an imperial dragon’s graceful ascension, the Bubble 47 Dragon Eye (Ref. L082/04508) zooms in on its fearsome gaze, conveying its tremendous power against evil forces. Each dial is meticulously crafted by hand using an artisanal metal casting technique to give it a life-like appearance. Each eye is then carefully hand-painted, with each golden scale also revealed by hand, so no two pieces are identical. The sublime details of this work of art, especially of the blood-red iris, are magnified by the domed sapphire, making this a commanding horological talisman.

Corum Bubble 47 Dragon & Corum Bubble 47 Dragon Eye
The self-winding CO 082 movement powers both watches, showcased by an exhibition caseback.

Powering the Bubble 47 Dragon and the Bubble 47 Dragon Eye is the CO 082 self-winding movement, beating at a frequency of 4Hz and offering a power reserve of 42 hours. An exhibition caseback showcases the exquisite finishing and full-sized rotor of the calibre. Limited to 88 pieces and retailing at S$11,700 each, they are presented with a stainless steel case with black PVD treatment and paired with a vulcanised rubber strap.


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