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By Chris | July 18 2013
Sailing onto the scene with an innovative case developed by Corum, this newcomer cut out for great achievements asserts an eminently virile style that makes it a must-have on the contemporary watch scene. The Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph is an accessible mechanical model combining power, elegance and performance.
With the launch of the AC-One line, Corum is writing a new chapter in the history of its iconic Admiral’s Cup born in 1960. While its lines have been redesigned, the identity codes that have forged the legend of this horological icon have been jealously safeguarded.
The bezel of the Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph takes the original 12-sided shape, while the 45mm-diameter case is more strongly rounded than ever, within an integrated structure combining polished and satin-brushed finishes.
The construction is built on several layers, with black PVD-coated titanium inlays alternating between the back and the middle and then between the bezel and the middle, in a perfectly mastered play on volumes.
The slimmer technical, contemporary case, made of grade 5 titanium, houses the automatic CO 132 chronograph caliber, also powering a date display. The movement revealed through the sapphire crystal caseback features an original openworked and black PVD-coated oscillating weight. The latter’s circular shape occupies the entire surface of the caseback opening and proudly proclaims its contemporary nature.
Stemming from lengthy aesthetic research conducted in-house, the Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph highlights an innovative and exclusive split pomegranate dial motif.
Composed of tiny diagonally incised squares creating a raised pattern accentuated by the inner bezel ring bearing the famous nautical pennants, it is the unmistakable signature of the Admiral’s Cup collection. Like the openworked and faceted hands, the applied hourmarkers are coated with beige Superluminova, while the chronograph sweep-seconds hand bears the iconic Corum key.
Sporty, powerful and water-resistant to 300m, the Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Chronograph offers an appealing set of performances. Fitted with an crocodile leather strap or a grade 5 titanium bracelet fastened by a triple folding clasp, this model is interpreted in different versions.
It comes in a two-tone interpretation when its titanium case – whether black PVD-coated or not – is topped by an 5N 18kt red gold bezel, or else opts for an all-titanium construction.