Photo essay: Corum Chargé d’Affaires alarm

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Last year at Baselworld Corum presented the Chargé d’Affaires alarm watch, a limited edition using a new old stock AS 1475 (Anton Schild) manual wind alarm calibre.

Corum Chargé d’Affaires in white gold

A faithful replica of the 1956 original save for its modern 38 mm size case, the Chargé d’Affaires is part of Corum’s Heritage collection, which comprises remakes of vintage timepieces. The brand’s better known timepiece is of course the Golden Bridge, originally designed by Vincent Calabrese, who recently joined Corum. The movement inside has the typical 20th century alarm mechanism with a powerful, vibrating alarm which sounds like a cricket and goes on for more than 12 seconds. It is powered by twin barrels, one for the time and the other for the alarm.

Corum has done an admirable job of recreating the feel of a 1950s wristwatch, complete with a domed sapphire crystal and a matching domed dial.

The dial is grained and silvered, with applied, faceted markers.

This is limited to 200 pieces, 150 in rose gold and another 50 in white gold, with retail prices of SGD26,857 (about USD21,700) and SGD29,639 (which is approximately USD23,900) respectively. – SJX

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