Born in the 1960s, Corum‘s very first Admiral’s Cup model was an unusual yachting watch with a water-resistant square case. However, the Admiral collection that we are now familiar with is actually an evolution of the Admiral’s Cup model redesigned in 1983, with its instantly recognisable 12-sided case and nautical pennants on the dial. Over the years, the collection dedicated to the world-famous regatta has not only become an integral pillar of Corum, but also one of the most iconic nautical-inspired timepieces on the market.
One of the most identifiable characteristics of an Admiral timepiece is the use of 12 nautical pennants as hour markers. These flags conform to the International Code of Signals for indicating numbers using coloured flags, so each hour is represented by its corresponding pennant.
The latest Admiral 42 Automatic Full Black is the complete opposite of its colorful predecessors, and a first-ever within the Admiral family of watches. It features the iconic dodecagonal case in black PVD-treated stainless steel, paired with a blackened brass dial. The nautical pennants and minute markers are presented in greyscale tones to balance the austerity of the all-black design, while markers for the minute and small seconds are made visible using a tone-on-tone effect.
For this spring, Corum has introduced colourful and flashy hour’s markers flags in blue, red, yellow, green and orange. The Dauphine-style hour and minute hands are also skeletonised, given black PVD treatment, then filled with colored Super-LumiNova to ensure excellent legibility. Vulcanised black rubber straps with a black PVD-treated buckle complete the edgy look.
The Admiral 42 Automatic Full Black is powered by the automatic CO 395 movement, which provides 42 hours of power reserve. It offers a water resistance of 50m and each of the five colour variations are in a limited edition of 100 pieces.