Founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1955 by Gaston Ries and his nephew René Bannwart, Corum soon established an international reputation for horological excellence and innovative design, attracting the attention of watch enthusiasts and important collectors around the world.
In the 1950s, Corum made a splash with eye-catching watches including the Golden Tube (1957), the Chinese Hat (1958) and the Admiral’s Cup watch (1960). Named after the legendary sailing race, the first interpretation of the Admiral watch featured a square dial and a hand-engraved sailboat on the back of the case.
The now-iconic Corum Coin watch, also known as the Corum 20 dollar coin watch, first appeared in 1964. It featured an ultra-thin movement set between a $20 Double Eagle coin. This model has since been worn by prominent personalities and US presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
The 1960s and 1970s saw the release of other notable Corum models including the Romvlvs, the Feather and the Rolls-Royce. The latter represented Corum’s first partnership with a prestigious automobile manufacturer. Other notable Corum men’s watches include the Corum Golden Bridge watch with its hand-engraved baguette movement and the Corum Bubble watch, which was first introduced by Severin Wunderman in 2000. With its oversized dial and large sapphire crystal case, the watch was an instant hit with collectors. Among the limited-edition Bubble models are the Corum Roulette watch and the Corum Joker watch.
The Corum Trapeze watch first appeared in 2001, followed in 2005 by the Classical Vanitas watch, which marked the world premiere of marquetry-work as applied to watch dials.
In the subsequent decades, Corum has continued to push the boundaries of watchmaking. It has developed new movements and reimagined the design of some of its heritage models to suit contemporary tastes.
Today, Christie’s sells Corum vintage watches as well as more recent models. Diamond-set Corum ladies’ watches and limited-edition men’s watches are highly prized by collectors at auction. In 2013, a rare and unusual Admiral’s Cup watch from circa 2010 sold for HKD 1,350,000, the highest Corum watch price achieved at Christie’s to date. The second highest price was achieved by an impressive Corum 18k white gold diamond watch with rubies (c. 2013), which fetched HKD 906,250 in 2016.
CORUM. A RARE, UNUSUAL AND LARGE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION SEMI-SKELETONISED MINUTE REPEATING TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH
SIGNED CORUM, ADMIRAL'S CUP MINUTE REPEATER TOURBILLON 45 MODEL, NO. C09/12, REF. 01.0069, CASE NO. 2'264'706, CIRCA 2010
CORUM. AN IMPRESSIVE AND VERY FINE 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND RUBY-SET LIMITED EDITION SKELETONISED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH
SIGNED CORUM, HERITAGE ARTISANS CLASSICAL BILLIONAIRE TOURBILLON MODEL, NO. 3/3, CASE NOS. 2’298’640 AND 06/0002, CIRCA 2013
SIGNED CORUM, LIMELIGHT MODEL, REF. 64.995.79 M45, CASE NO. 610'276, CIRCA 1997
SIGNED CORUM, CASE NO. 822'660, CIRCA 1995
CASE NO. 475647 REF. 50.322.79 V-133, CIRCA 1995
SIGNED CORUM, NO. 7, CIRCA 1995
CORUM. A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION SEMI-SKELETONISED MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON MADE BY CHRISTOPHE CLARET
SIGNED CORUM, C. CLARET, TOURBILLON MINUTE REPEATER MODEL, NO. 7/12, REF. 271.101.70 0000 GR07, CASE NO. 556'485, CIRCA 2000
Corum. A Fine and Rare Platinum Skeletonized Limited Edition Mystery Wristwatch with One Minute Tourbillon Made by Christopher Claret
SIGNED CORUM, C. CLARET, LA MYSTÉRIEUSE, NO. 11, CASE NO. 613'732, CIRCA 1995
SIGNED CORUM, PLATINUM TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE MODEL, NO. 01/01, CIRCA 2000
CONCORD. A FINE AND VERY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD TOURBILLON AND FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE AND TRUST INDEX INDICATIONS
SIGNED CONCORD, C1 TOURBILLON GRAVITY MODEL, NO., REF. 03.6.40.1036, CASE NO. 1391554, CIRCA 2008
CORUM. A VERY FINE AND RARE LIMITED EDITION 18K PINK GOLD SKELETONIZED MYSTERY WRISTWATCH WITH TOURBILLON MADE AFTER A CHRISTOPHE CLARET DESIGN
SIGNED CORUM, SAPPHIRE TOURBILLON, NO. 00, CASE NO. 1693653, REF. 372.551.55, CIRCA 2004
SIGNED CORUM, CORUM CLASSICS ZODIAC PISCES MODEL, NO., REF. 982.202.69, MOVEMENT NO. 575'764, CASE NO. 1'732'692, CIRCA 2007
CORUM. A FINE AND UNIQUE 18K PINK GOLD SEMI-SKELETONISED TONNEAU-SHAPED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH LINEAR MOVEMENT
SIGNED CORUM, GOLDEN BRIDGE TOURBILLON MODEL, UNIQUE PIECE, REF. 213.100.55/0001 GG04, CASE NO. 2’200’297, CIRCA 2010
CORUM. A FINE AND LARGE 18K WHITE GOLD DIAMOND-SET, TONNEAU SHAPED SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH WITH LINEAR MOVEMENT AND WARRANTY CARD
SIGNED CORUM, GOLDEN BRIDGE 40 HOUR POWER RESERVE, REF. 113.889.69, CASE NO. 17.43988, CIRCA 2013
SIGNED CORUM, ADMIRAL'S CUP TOURBILLON 44 MODEL, NO., REF. 009.697.55.0081 AN12, CASE NOS. 2240346 AND 01.0062, CIRCA 2010
SIGNED CORUM, GOLDEN BRIDGE MODEL, REF. 113.553.79.F, CASE NO. 1’412’265, CIRCA 2005
Corum. A Rare Limited Edition 18k Gold Skeletonized Minute Repeating Wristwatch By Christophe Claret
SIGNED CORUM, NO. 17, MOVEMENT NO. 509'623, CASE NO. 526'111, CIRCA 1996
CORUM. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON MADE BY CHRISTOPHE CLARET
SIGNED CORUM, C. CLARET, LA MYSTÉRIEUSE MODEL, NO. 6, CIRCA 1995
CORUM. AN 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS AND DATE
SIGNED CORUM, THE COLLECTOR'S SERIES, BUBBLE JOKER MODEL, NO. 00/10, REF. 82.243.69, CASE NO. 674'858, CIRCA 2000
SIGNED CORUM, CLASSICAL CHAUVE-SOURIS MODEL, NO. 23/50, REF. 254.102.55, CASE NO. 1'736'664, CIRCA 2005
CORUM. A FINE AND VERY RARE TITANIUM LIMITED EDITION TONNEAU-SHAPED SKELETONISED WRISTWATCH WITH LINEAR MOVEMENT
SIGNED CORUM, GOLDEN BRIDGE DUBAI LIMITED EDITION MODEL, NO. 1/25, CASE NO. 2'232'490, CIRCA 2008
CORUM. A RARE 18K WHITE GOLD LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC DODECAGON-SHAPED QUARTER REPEATING WRISTWATCH, MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF CORUM
SIGNED CORUM, ANNIVERSARY, ADMIRAL'S CUP AUTOMATON QUARTER REPEATER MODEL, NO. 1, REF. 274'849'59, CASE NO. 608'052, CIRCA 1995
CORUM. A FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE-SET LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS
SIGNED CORUM, CLASSICS MODEL, NO. 25/25, REF. 982.202.69, CASE NO. 1’399’624, CIRCA 2010
SIGNED CORUM, BUCKINGHAM, UNIQUE PIECE, REF. 138.182.69, CASE NO. 1’731’006, CIRCA 2006
SIGNED CORUM, AUTOMATIC, ADMIRAL'S CUP MODEL, NO. 028/500, REF. 977.631.55, CASE NO. 1'719'871, CIRCA 2010
SIGNED CORUM, GOLDEN BRIDGE MODEL, REF. 313.165.55/0002 GL10R, CASE NO. 2'309'724, CIRCA 2013
SIGNED CORUM, LIMITED EDITION, GOLDEN BRIDGE MODEL, NO. 74/75, REF. 113.247.55, CASE NO. 05.0057 AND 2'276'735, CIRCA 2012
CORUM. A FINE AND RARE 18K WHITE GOLD LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS AND JAPANESE LACQUER DIAL
SIGNED CORUM, ARTISANS FLYING DRAGON CLASSICAL MODEL, NO. 39/50, MOVEMENT. 577123, CIRCA 2004
SIGNED CORUM, BUCKINGHAM MODEL, NO. 8/50, REF. 055.182.69, CASE NO. 1’735’906, CIRCA 2005
GOLDEN BRIDGE MODEL, CIRCA 2010