The Corum Admiral’s Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon 45 Replica successfully packs a tourbillon escapement and a minute repeater complications in a 45 mm 18-carat red gold case without making it look like a mirror-polished rose gold Big Mac on your wrist.
I must admit that the current trend of supersizing ultra-luxury timekeepers looks distasteful (putting it mildly), but I understand the reasoning behind the gadget: there are a lot of wealthy customers that sincerely believe that an expensive wristwatch that costs almost like a fully loaded Lamborghini must also be large and, preferably, contain enough gold to pay international debt of a small African nation. In this case, Corum simply follows the money.
Okay, at 45 mm in diameter (that is, without the crown and lugs) and, at first glance, more than 15 mm in height, the watch is huge. However, with its hand-wound Corum CO 010 caliber measuring only 32 mm in diameter and 5.35 in height, it seems that one of the most attractive models in Corum’s whole range of men’s watches is actually huge by choice like a professional body builder or a USMC sergeant.
On the other hand, designers of the Swiss watchmaking brand somehow managed to make the Corum Admiral’s Cup skeleton replica watch well-proportioned so that it looks quite home on a normal wrist.
However, what is really interesting about this watch, it is its minute repeater winding mechanism.
As you can see, the CO 010 movement is extensively skeletonized and is completely visible not only through the transparent case-back cover, but also from the front: the watch sports a third, smoked sapphire crystal that acts as the timekeeper’s dial.
Of course, there is a cut-out in it in order to provide a completely unobstructed view at its nicely executed tourbillon module.