Corum's Vision of Architecture - Golden Bridge Stream
Launched by Corum in 1980, the Golden Bridge timepiece remains a unique construction in watchmaking, an original creation where the linear movement forms both the caliber and most of the piece's dial. Sculptural, technical and of rare aesthetic audacity, the baguette movement of the Golden Bridge is unrivalled in the world of Fine Watchmaking
The Golden Bridge now pays homage to the ‘bridge’ that crosses it with the Golden Bridge Stream. As in architecture, the structure stands out by virtue of both its linear design and its curves and arches, and adopts the Art Deco codes of the Rectangle model, as well as incorporating an automatic movement.
To create these delicate intersecting curves, Corum chose to draw inspiration from a major current in contemporary architecture: streamlining. Spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, it originated in the United States at the same time as objects began to be mass-produced. The style is distinguished by its flowing, extremely dynamic curves.
The Golden Bridge Stream draws on this parallel today. After it was first presented in 1980, the Golden Bridge also dictated a new style. The watchmaking world was gripped by an aesthetic shift very similar to the spirit of streamlining: the ultimate fusion of shape and substance, where every last component becomes a determining part of the piece’s overall style.
Combining cutting-edge micromechanics and monumental architecture, its automatic baguette shaped movement forms a symbolic bridge featuring decoration inspired by San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge. The clear sapphire crystal reveals meticulous craftsmanship: a perfect miniaturization of the structure of the Californian suspension bridge.
With the Golden Bridge Stream, Corum is completing the ultimate exercise in style that is historically and aesthetically relevant. Made entirely from gold, the piece is powered by an automatic movement that is wound by two parallel linear weights. Spanning 42 mm, it presents carefully considered and balanced lines, be they straight or curved, long or broken, to create a unique architecture. The case of the Golden Bridge Stream highlights this balance by playing with the tensions between clean-cut edges, sharp horns and a curved sapphire crystal.
Two gold models are available as very exclusive editions of 88 pieces.