Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta

This just in from Corum -
Courtesy of Corum
 As a longstanding partner of the most prestigious regattas and leading sailors such as

Loïck Peyron and Ben Ainslie, the development of a caliber combining a countdown
function with a chronograph was a logical step for the fine watchmaking brand, Corum.
This has now been accomplished in the new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta,
equipped with a regatta function entirely developed by Corum.
Embodying all the classic features of the Admiral’s Cup collection created in 1960, the new
Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta model powerfully reaffirms Corum’s fundamental
triptych: top-flight mechanics combining technical innovation and grand watchmaking
traditions; a DNA firmly anchored in the sailing world; as well as a strong and instantly
recognizable design.

The powerful, innovative and efficient Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta model beats to the
tune of a new automatic caliber: CO 040. This mechanism goes well beyond the
performances of classic regatta watches, since the Caliber CO 040 features a jumping
countdown function adjustable from 0 to 10 minutes, a numerical aperture-type display
ensuring perfect readability, as well as a chronograph capable of timing up to 12 hours of

Before the first regatta sound signal, the countdown is programmed via the crown to the
number of minutes set by the regatta criteria at between 0 and 10 minutes, and then starts
running at a press on the pushbutton. The countdown function of the Admiral’s Cup AC-One
45 Regatta begins counting off the minutes until the race start. If it is set to 10 minutes, the transition to 9 in the aperture pointed to by the red arrow at 3 o’clock takes the form of a jump after 60 seconds, after which the other minutes are marked off down to 0, when the final gun marking the race start is fired. This regatta movement enables the competitor to set its countdown function incrementally to any given minute between the first and last sound signal prior to a race.

When the boats can at last cross the starting line, an ingenious “crazy” wheel blocks the
countdown gear train, while the chronograph continues running to count off up to 12 hours
of racing, via its red central sweep-seconds hand and its 30-minute and 12-hour counters
at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively. This extremely accurate chronograph beats at a frequency
of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour).

While the collection was entirely redesigned in 2013 with the advent of the AC-One line, the
45 mm-diameter case is entirely in line with the original identity codes of the Admiral’s Cup
collection, including an iconic twelve-sided bezel and the nautical pennants on the inner
bezel ring. Within this smoothly integrated architecture with alternating polished and satinbrushed
finishes, black PVD-treated inserts are embedded between the case middle and back as well as between the bezel and the case middle. The case made in grade 5 titanium with a black PVD-coated bezel is water-resistant to 300 meters and fitted with a transparent sapphire back revealing the finishes adorning Caliber CO 040 and its black PVD-coated oscillating weight.

The black dial provides an elegantly contrasting backdrop for the hands and hour-markers
enhanced with light-colored Superluminova, complemented by a number of extremely
sporty red accents. A titanium grade 5 bracelet or crocodile leather strap with folding clasp
sets the perfect finishing touch to the finely crafted Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta.  

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