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INTRODUCING: Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic

The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic in white ceramic case with multi-coloured pennnants.

The Admiral collection takes to the high seas in a new non-metallic case.

Luxury watchmaking has touted the use of innovative, high-tech materials for over 60 years now. Rado and Omega were early applicants in the use of tungsten carbide cases, and IWC was the first watchmaker to make a full ceramic case watch in 1986. The revival of Swiss watchmaking in the late 20th century saw the adoption of ceramics across the industry, along with carbon fibre, sapphire crystal, and many other materials.

What’s interesting about ceramics in watchmaking is how much it’s changed and yet stayed almost the same after 40 years of experimentation. Today, coloured ceramics is a breakthrough for watch brands, allowing Rolex to introduce single or two-toned boldly coloured bezels or Omega to launch one in bright orange. But coloured ceramics are more commonly used as accents on the watch; black or white ceramics are still the standard.

The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic
The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic "TAG" Edition.

The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic

Corum is the latest watchmaker to adopt ceramics into its watch cases. Unsurprisingly, it’s being applied in the sporty Admiral collection, which is its oldest. Ceramics is typically seen as an automotive material but is also used in sailing as an ultra-tough coating for hulls. Its benefits are numerous: corrosion-resistant, amagnetic, hypoallergenic, hard, scratch-resistant, and lightweight. The disadvantage of ceramics is its lack of ductility and brittleness.

The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic is powered by the CO395 movement.
The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic is powered by the CO395 movement.

The Admiral’s minimalist look, unveiled a few years ago in a major revamp, is ideal for a ceramic case. The lugs, case middle, and crown guards have straight edges that are functional and definitive, with a slim dodecagonal (12-sided) bezel that gives the display more room to breathe. On the dial, the minute track rests on the inner bezel, with nautical pennants as indexes, a small date window at 3 o’clock, and running seconds at 6. Simple and functional, the Admiral 42 Ceramic comes in an all-ceramic version as well as another with a gold bezel.

The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic in white ceramic with gold bezel.
The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic in white ceramic with gold bezel.

The ceramic-and-gold models cast a luxury sports-chic feel, paired with matching rubber straps, while the all-ceramic watches have a graffiti art spin. On the all-black model, the brand’s name is splashed across the dial in luminous paint, visible only in the dark like a street tag. The white ceramic model features multi-coloured pennants dripping in paint, like a wall that’s freshly tagged.

The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic
The Corum Admiral 42 Ceramic "TAG" Edition in the dark.

The watches are powered by Corum’s CO395 self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve running at 4Hz. The ceramic-and-gold models and the white ceramic watch are non-limited, while the black ceramic “TAG” timepiece is restricted to 50 pieces. They’ll be available at all authorised retailers; try them on and tell us which is your favourite.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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