Watch designers are essentially romantics at heart, often pouring an immeasurable amount of love and care on mechanisms so small and delicate, that replicating them becomes next to impossible. Sadly though, irrespective of the choice of movement or complication of design, most time pieces hide their internals behind polished faces that while being quite beautiful in their own right, still seem a little pale to what they hide within. It seems almost like an insult to the talent of the artists who spend years learning the trade, just so they can express themselves through these little pieces of mechanical mastery. One way to honour their craft is by turning the time pieces into skeleton watches that highlight the mechanisms within, in the most beautiful way possible.

One such time piece, which holds an esteemed position even in this unique segment, is the Corum Golden Bridge, which surrounds a one-of-a-kind in-line baguette movement, with a familiar structural design on both sides, that matches the underpinnings of the iconic Golden Gate bridge. The artist has used an 18 carat rose gold finish to highlight the design, as well as the case, which gives it a timeless look. The highly complex baguette structure follows a CO 113 hand wound movement, which is further illustrated by a gold and silver finish that matches the dial, and features an engraving of the brand name. The brass dials are surrounded by a gold-toned diamond polish, which helps them stand out and compliment the hand movements. What also makes it stand out is the fact that this is the first model to feature a round face and also the infamous in-line design.

All of this is visible to the naked eye, thanks to the anti-reflective sapphire crystal glasses that cover both the front and back of the time piece. This transparent look really completes the design of the watch, as even the thought of hiding such beauty is nothing short of sin. I assume that other horologists agree with my estimation, since the watch attracts a healthy price of around `37,49,000. There are of course other variants that feature more elaborate decorations, however, there is just something special about the subtlety of this piece that truly makes it a cut above the rest.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.