Though the first Admiral’s Cup model from the 1960s bore an unusual water-resistant square case for a yachting watch, the current Corum Admiral collection actually evolved from a 1983 redesigned model with a 12-sided case and nautical pennants on the dial.
Now, this nautical-inspired timepiece dedicated to the famed regatta has become integral to the Corum universe. Its most distinctive feature is, of course, the 12 nautical pennants-cum-hour markers; fun fact: these flags parallel the International Code of Signals using coloured flags in the indication of numbers.
Breaking away from its chromatic predecessors, the latest Admiral 42 Automatic Full Black has emerged with a mysterious and sporty “dark knight” vibe, featuring a black PVD-treated stainless steel dodecagonal case, paired with blackened brass dial.
The nautical pennants and minute markers are presented in greyscale tones to contrast against the austere all-black aesthetic and vivid, eye-catching hour markers flags in a choice of blue, red, yellow, green and orange for each of the five renditions. The watch is the result of subverting the classical codes of both traditional watchmaking and the Admiral collection—a decision that has proven fruitful in our eyes.
To complete the watch details are skeletonised and PVD-treated Dauphin\e-style hour and minute hands with coloured Super-LumiNova® for excellent legibility; vulcanised black rubber straps with a black PVD-treated buckle; and the automatic CO 395 movement with 42-hour power reserve and 50 m water-resistance. Those looking to snag one would need to act fast for this 100-piece limited edition.