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Corum ushers in the Year of the Dragon with two limited edition Bubble timepieces

2 January 2024

By Scott Campbell

Corum ushering in the upcoming Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac calender, has launched two limited editions of its iconic Bubble model to pay homage to the legendary, mythical creature - a powerful symbol in Chinese culture which embodies power, nobility, honour, luck, and success.

The Bubble collection, inspired by Severin Wunderman from an experimental diver’s watch in the 1960s, has become an undisputed watchmaking icon thanks to its radical design and domed crystal. Introduced in 2000, the Bubble is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal that gives it an interesting, oversized look, and a playful twist on proportions to give a wider view of the watch face. This iconic feature makes it one of the most recognisable watches of its time, and over the years, the collection continues to showcase the brand's creativity, and boldness in design and high watchmaking industry.

Bubble Dragon

The “Bubble Dragon” watch embodies an enchanting fusion between watchmaking and Chinese cultural heritage, celebrating the lunar calendar and, more specifically, the majestic sign of the dragon. Inspired by the deep-seated beliefs associated with the Chinese dragon, such as power, nobility, honour, luck, and success, this watch embodies symbolic elegance.

The centrepiece of this creation is its exceptionally elaborate dial, which narrates the captivating legend: “When dragons hear thunder, they rise; The clouds are coming, and having all formed, the dragons ascend and thus circulate in the sky.” The dial evokes a deep night sky, with a black sunray base evoking the night, adorned with a delicate representation of the moon made of mother-of-pearl. Above the dial, between mystical black clouds, a golden dragon hovers majestically, symbolizing the power and grace associated with this legendary creature.

Bubble Dragon Eye

Inspired by the richness of Chinese mythology, this exceptional piece finds its uniqueness in the meticulous depiction of the dragon’s eye on its dial, an emblematic representation of strength and power. This iconic detail is not simply machined, but meticulously crafted by hand using the metal casting technique. This artisanal approach makes it possible to create an unbeatable relief, impossible to achieve by conventional means. Each eye is then meticulously coloured, while the golden scales are revealed by hand, giving each watch an artistic singularity.

The sublime details of this exceptional work are magnified by the domed sapphire crystal characteristic of the Bubble collection, offering a magnifying effect that allows you to fully appreciate the finesse and precision of this watchmaking work of art. The “Bubble Dragon Eye” embodies the essence of craftsmanship and mythology.

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