Customize Your Own Corum Bubble? I Did And So Can You
by Boris Pjanic
In March 2016, Corum started an online worldwide competition to find the best customized Bubble designs. The Bubble is, of course, one of Corum’s collection pillars. Its most significant feature is its strongly domed crystal, which magnifies the dial in an original way.
The Bubble was introduced to the world of watches in the year 2000 by Corum’s then-owner and chief designer Severin Wunderman. It eventually came in three different sizes – small, medium and large – successfully running until the end of the decade. After a five-year sabbatical, the Bubble was reintroduced in 2015 (see The Corum Bubble Is Back! and Why I Bought It: The Corum Bubble Vintage).
The Customize Your Bubble competition (and you can play without competing) runs until April 6. 2016. The website allows participants to upload any kind of image into the dial space to design a personal Bubble watch.
I like the Bubble because it reminds me in some ways of the early Rolex dive watch called Deep Sea Special, which descended 10,916 meters into the Mariana trench in 1960 with Jacques Piccard.
The crystal on this Rolex was just as domed. Who knows if it served as inspiration for the Bubble – maybe it did?
My Bubble dial inspired by my own art
Once I saw the Customize Your Bubble competition, I uploaded my own Bubble dial design, which came from a painting I had painted a few weeks earlier.
I have painted since I was a small child, but I have never pursued it as a profession. Even though it is just a hobby for me, I have painted a lot and sold quite a few of my paintings along the way. I outfitted an entire hotel in my hometown with my paintings, sold one to a German astronaut, and have just completed a six-month exhibition at a branch of the Deutsche Bank.
The last painting I created is what inspired my Corum Bubble’s dial, which I entered into this competition. With enough votes (you can vote here), my Corum Bubble could become the winner and a production reality.
While working on this last painting, I took photos during the creation process. I photographed small areas of it where the wet acrylic paint colors flowed into each other. However, the final painting does not have the exact same look as the areas I photographed since dried paint (as opposed to wet paint) will ensure it looks different.
As you can see, the colors are bright and strong, flowing like rivers across the dial. Yes, this is unusual, and for a watch dial maybe a bit crazy, but it is unique, and it is original – and that was what I wanted for this competition. This is my design, my idea, my creativity, and my expression thereof.
You can design your own Bubble at www.customizeyourbubble.com.
Boris Pjanic is an expert in pre-loved timepieces, especially Rolex. You can find more of his watch musings at www.watchesandart.com.