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Dani Olivier's "nudes" put on a Corum watch

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 05:50
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Corum Heritage Minute Repeater. The pillar of the brand, the Heritage collection brings out Corum's best in watchmaking.
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The Corum Bubble Dani Olivier comes in two limited editions of 88 watches each.

Corum Bubble Dani Olivier - The image of the naked woman on the dial of Corum's iconic Bubble watch is no ordinary creation, but the work of Dani Olivier. The acclaimed Paris-based photographer specialises in "abstract and psychedelic nudes", human bodies covered in striations of coloured light.

In a tie-up which started last year, Corum has miniaturised Olivier's art, transporting two of his most distinctive photos onto a watch dial. Olivier's portraits are real photos - not the result of digital manipulation. He accomplishes the effects by projecting light patterns onto naked bodies set against a jet-black background, creating completely surreal forms.

Using high resolution printing, Corum has reproduced the two photographs on the dials of its 47mm Bubble watch, which has been coated in black PVD. Like the original full-size portraits, the downsized ones appear dreamlike, akin to a scene from a science fiction movie. Up close, the details of the human body are clearly seen.

The Bubble Dani Olivier comes in two limited editions of 88 watches each, with the final 88th timepiece in each edition a one-off unique piece.

The 88th watch has the same artwork and portrait on the dial, but is distinguished by a striking red-gold bezel which serves as a frame for the photograph.

Corum Heritage Minute Repeater - The pillar of the brand, the Heritage collection brings out Corum's best in watchmaking.

Two minute repeaters are featured in the latest collection: The first plays a chord that chimes when four hammers hit four gongs; the second is combined with a tour billon adorned with diamonds.

Housed in the 41mm rose-gold case of the two minute repeaters is a hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 100 hours. The mechanism can be viewed through the skeletal frame in the absence of a dial.