December 1, 2022
Bubble by Nelson De la Nuez and Elisabetta Fantone

The King of Pop Art Nelson De La Nuez presents his collection of 3 Bubble timepieces. Special launch events featuring the timepieces and the original paintings with personal appearances by the artist will be organised in major US cities in 2018. More info to come !

Bubble by Nelson De la Nuez and Elisabetta Fantone

The Bubble by Nelson De la Nuez © Corum

Following the success of her Mona Lisa, Elisabetta Fantone will be launching her new Bubble Dali at Art Basel Miami during which an exclusive event will be held at the Hotel National on Wednesday 6th from 7pm. During the Art show, she will also be taking over the National Hotel lighting up the hotel’s façade, exhibiting throughout the hotel her art pieces and designing a Corum Watches Tides 48 suite.

Bubble by Nelson De la Nuez and Elisabetta Fantone

The Bubble Dali by Elisabetta Fantone © Corum

This version bears the strongest resemblance to the first from 1964, but with the addition of an interior bezel in fitting gold around the coin to increase the dial diameter to a more modern 43mm. This in turn provided space for your business branding to be etched near 12 o’clock without altering the coin face itself, omitting the floating emblem used on the different models in this season’s Corum Watches Roulette Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup. The hour indices are stretched from the outer bezel into the gold inner bezel, making this the most despicable of this three models.The gold version is also noteworthy for utilizing 3N or 22ct yellow gold, which is unusual to get a watch case. This caliber of gold is 91.6% pure, instead of the more common 18ct tier which uses 75% gold and 25% alloying metals. The crown is similarly made of 22ct gold and is set with a 0.17 carat diamond. Gem-setting in such a soft alloy could prove somewhat lumpy, and I would avoid heavy use of the crown to avoid deforming the metal and possibly losing the diamond.The hour and minute hands on this watch are lean, baton-shaped, and black lacquered, providing good legibility without obscuring the view of the coin face. The matching black alligator leather strap completes the attractive black-on-gold vintage aesthetic, and includes a more durable 18ct yellow gold tongue buckle. All three watches comprise a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective therapy and a thin 7.60millimeter case, which makes them searchable for dress watch duties. The cases are ranked to 1 ATM / 10m water-resistance, so wearers should take care to avoid any exposure to water beyond a mild sprinkle.The next model from the Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup is your silver mention C082/03059, which features an American Silver Eagle one-dollar coin. The coin depicts a heraldic eagle with shield on the watch face and a walking Statue of Liberty on the caseback. The coin and watch instance are made of 925 sterling silver, yet another odd material in watchmaking due to silver’s inclination to tarnish over time. Perhaps the sapphire crystal over the dial will provide a sufficient seal to prevent the watch face from darkening, or at least decrease the speed of oxidization sufficiently to keep it legible between providers.