My Unique Corum Bubble From The “Customize Your Bubble Competition” Delivered
by Boris Pjanic
My custom Corum Bubble has arrived. And, yes, it has a real presence!
You may recall reading in Customize Your Own Corum Bubble? I Did And So Can You that I submitted a design for a customized Corum Bubble that achieved second place in the customizeyourbubble.com competition.
As I wrote, Corum held an unusual competition earlier in 2016 in which people designed their own dials for a Bubble and posted them on Instagram.
While I had never before heard of anything similar, there were hundreds of participants and a public vote. The first three places became winners, and these designers received a unique watch featuring their dial designs.
Two of the winning Bubbles have been delivered so far, while the third will soon be delivered to its new owner in Russia.
According to Corum, the three winning Bubbles will remain unique pieces (there were rumors one of the designs might be made into a limited edition).
I photographed a portion of a colorful painting I had done and created my dial that way. It attracted more than 500 votes, which brought it to second place.
I have painted since I was a child. In fact, my parents always expected me to become an artist. But when I reached the age of 19, I had serious doubts I would make it as an artist. However, I kept painting throughout my life, but only for my own fun. Combining my artsy side with the creation of a dial has crowned my passion for watches and art.
It is a first, and hopefully not the last.
The dial on my Corum Bubble displays an abstract painting. Lots of colors flow into each other, creating a unique mix of yellow, blue, red, and green. Friends have told me that the painting reminds them of the style of German painter Gerhard Richter. I don’t see that, but, hey, outsiders may see what I am not able to see.
The watch is housed in a substantial black case 47 mm in diameter and powered by an automatic movement. The transparent case back shows off a nicely finished Swiss movement.
Not only does the crystal form a “bubble,” but the whole watch is strongly curved. I never noticed this before about the Bubble, but once I put it on my wrist, I understood. Due to its sheer size, it has to be curved like that to really fit comfortably on the wrist. And it sure does.
I don’t usually wear such large watches; 40 mm is generally my size. But here, 47 mm fit just perfectly to my own surprise.
As the case is blackened, it further enhances the colorful swirls of the dial.
I feel honored to have such a unique timepiece and will cherish it for the rest of my life. Thank you, Corum, you more than just made my day.
For more information, please visit www.corum.ch/bubble.
Case: PVD-coated black stainless steel (Bubble All Black case), 47 x 18.8 mm, high domed sapphire crystal 8 mm in height
Movement: automatic Caliber CO 0082 (ETA 2892)
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date
Limitation: one unique piece as second-place winner of the Customize Your Bubble competition
Price: $3,425 for the All Black collection model
Boris Pjanic is an expert in pre-loved timepieces, especially Rolex. You can find more of his watch musings at www.watchesandart.com.