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The Corum company was founded in 1955 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by René Bannwart together with his uncle Gaston Ries. One year later, in 1956, the first Corum models were launched on the market and in 1960 the first model related to the Admiral’s Cup, the first water-resistant watch in a square case, was introduced. Corum has always had a strong bond to the Admiral’s Cup, especially after René Bannwart’s sun, Jean-René Bannwart, joined the company in 1966 and the Admiral’s Cup has since grown to become an entire Corum collection.

Being the owner of Memotime since 1993, it is understandable that one of their models appeared  bearing the Corum name on the dial. Mid 1990’s the Corum Admiral’s Cup ‘Régate’  was launched.

 

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Corum Admiral’s Cup ‘Régate’ in 18 krt gold or stainless steel.

 

Model: Corum Admiral’s Cup ‘Régate’.
  • Reference: 276.831.56 0000 AI32 18 krt. golden case with white dial and leather strap, limited to 100
  •                   copies.
  •                   276.810.21 V300 AH32 steel case with blue dial, 18 krt. golden bezel and steel bracelet with
  •                   18 krt. golden accents.
  •                   276.830.21 0000 AG32 steel case with white dial, 18 krt. golden bezel and leather strap.
  • Caliber: Corum caliber 276 (Memosail caliber 883).
  • Case size: Ø 40 mm / H 12 mm.
  • Year: 1994.

 

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Pages from the 1995 Courum Admiral’s Cup Régate brochure.

 

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2013. As a longstanding partner of the most prestigious regattas, the development of a caliber combining a countdown function with a chronograph was a logical step for Corum. This has now been accomplished in the new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta, equipped with a regatta function entirely developed by Corum.

 

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Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta, with leather strap or titanium bracelet.

 

Model: Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta.
  • Reference: A040/01651 – 040.101.04/0F01 AN10 titanium case with black leather strap.
  •                   A040/01991 – 040.101.04/V200 AN10 titanium case and bracelet.
  • Caliber: automatic movement CO 040 with regatta chronograph.
  • Case size: Ø 45 mm / H 15,2 mm.
  • Year: 2013.

 

How the regatta countdown works:

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Before the first regatta sound signal, the countdown is programmed via the crown to the number of minutes set by the regatta criteria at between 0 and 10 minutes, and then starts running at a press on the pushbutton. The countdown function of the Admiral’s Cup AC- One 45 Regatta begins counting off the minutes until the race start. If it is set to 10 minutes, the transition to 9 in the aperture pointed to by the red arrow at 3 o’clock takes the form of a jump after 60 seconds, after which the other minutes are marked off down to 0, when the final gun marking the race start is fired. This regatta movement enables the competitor to set its countdown function incrementally to any given minute between the first and last sound signal prior to a race.

When the boats can at last cross the starting line, an ingenious “crazy” wheel blocks the countdown gear train, while the chronograph continues running to count off up to 12 hours of racing, via its red central sweep-seconds hand and its 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively.

 

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Movement:
  • Make: Corum.
  • Caliber: CO 040.
  • Type: automatic chronograph with yachttimer function.
  • Size: 13,25″  Ø 30 mm.
  • Frequency: 28.800 A/h.
  • Power reserve: 48 hours.
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  • Shock protection system: ?

 

 

 

The caliber CO 040 features a jumping countdown function adjustable from 0 to 10 minutes, a numerical aperture-type display, as well as a chronograph capable of timing up to 12 hours of racing.

 

 

 

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