What’s not to love about the Corum Bubble watch? Unmistakable in its design, extroverted in its personality and fusing the serious business of watchmaking with an unabashed sense of fun and frivolity, it has been an icon beloved by thousands since it was introduced to herald in the new millennium, almost twenty years ago.
Discontinued only a few years later, it had already made its mark, and it was to a hero’s welcome in 2015 that the famous Corum Bubble made its return, and if it was big, bold and beautiful originally, then with sizes up to 52mm it’s already exaggerated dimensions and dominating personality have been supersized in every way. Of course, the Bubble was never conceived to make much sense, nor to appeal to the bashful or fainthearted buyer, and now that it’s back, in all of those respects, not much has changed. Thankfully.
What has changed however is that this time around, it has become much more of an art piece, with only themed limited edition series featuring flamboyant psychedelic dials being created, and among these is the spectacular 88-piece Big Bubble Stop 52 limited edition.
With its awesome retro-reflective bright red dial and plump skeletonised hands, the Big Bubble Stop 52 stands out like a road sign. Playing with the light with every move of the wrist, it reacts with flashes and flickers, proving irresistible to the eye to the passing admirer. Still perfectly legible, it is not subtle, but it certainly is cool.
Shaped like a comic strip spaceship, with a curvy round case, it’s bereft of a single angle and topped off with the most outrageous sapphire crystal ever used on a production wristwatch; so much so that it’s only from directly above that the dial can be seen properly, without being crazed by the distortive effect of the thick domed crystal.
Measuring 52mm across and some 20mm tall, the Corum Big Bubble Stop 52 is machined from a block of Grade 5 titanium, so despite its ginormous proportions, it is still remarkably light. Curving lugs and a case-hugging black synthetic strap means that as well as being light, it will fit most wrists comfortably too. The case is rated to 100m of water resistance.
Through the sapphire exhibition case back the rotor, whose constant spinning energises the self-winding CO 403 movement, is decorated with the Corum motif. Beating at 28,800 vph, it is good for sixty-five hours of power reserve.
The Corum Big Bubble Stop 52 is presented on a black synthetic strap and secured with a robust pin buckle.