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Corum - Admiral AC-One 45 Skeleton

Corum Admiral AC-One 45 Skeleton

The Admiral is feeling provocative today and getting naked, with no dial but vivid colours.

The Admiral is one of the pillars of Corum’s heritage. Unveiled in 1960, five short years after the brand’s creation, it embodies Corum’s idea of maritime watchmaking. Although it has always been loyal to its artistic fibre, Corum has never been afraid to set sail for distant shores. That’s the case today with the Admiral 45 Squelette, a radical piece that showcases both a nautical design and pure watchmaking mechanics.

The mechanics are now visible for all to see. The particular nature of the movement calls for this approach: the Calibre CO 082, which features a 42-hour power reserve, was conceived in house, designed by Corum and made by EMC, its own production entity. Presented in full view, it provides the Admiral with a more energetic look.

The Admiral 45 Squelette is more than just a watch without a dial. Its bridges have all been openworked, then coated with an anthracite grey surface that provides two contrasts: the first is with the movement’s nickel silver geartrains, whose copper colour stands out strikingly from the other components; the second is with the dominant colours of the Admiral 45 Squelette's different models: turquoise blue, yellow and red. These bright colours are distributed in different places on each version: on the seconds hand, the case, the bracelet and the date. 

Admiral AC-One 45 Squelette

Admiral AC-One 45 Squelette © Corum

The date is not designed in a traditional way. The date disc features numbers that have been enlarged. These Arabic numerals have not been painted or engraved on sapphire discs, as is normally the case with this kind of watchmaking creation. Instead, they have been individually blanked by means of precise electrical discharge machining. This blanking makes it possible to have thin numerals that do not require support and which are geared into position under the flange by means of a transmission system. This aerial architecture accentuates the skeleton effect of the Admiral 45. It also makes it possible to have a less obstructed view of the in-house calibre visible on the lower bridge.

To make it easier to read the large date on this skeleton watch, Corum has placed an aperture with a solid-coloured bottom at 6 o’clock. Its colours further the contrast with the date and also add a modern and sporty touch to the Admiral 45 Squelette. The different colours of this collection - turquoise blue, yellow and red - can be found in this aperture. This skeleton composition features wide Dauphine hour and minute hands, which make their way around the 12 pennants so characteristic of the Admiral collection, engraved under the famous 12-sided bezel. 

Admiral AC-One 45 Squelette

Admiral AC-One 45 Squelette © Corum

All of this is presented in a grade 5 titanium case 45 mm in diameter, water resistant to 300 metres, and featuring a vulcanised rubber bracelet. 
The collection features seven models, each in a limited edition of 288 pieces (three models with a natural titanium case, four with one in matte black PVD). Corum provides for the possibility of creating customised pieces with combinations of these three different colours, and coloured bracelets.


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