Revolutionary in its design, the new Corum LAB 02 is equipped with a flying gear train, and a host of other firsts for the brand.
Its caliber CO 300 consists of an impressive 416 individual components, each meticulously skeletonised and finely finished. Each piece is hand assembled in a unique format with a flying tourbillon at 6:00, with flying wheels that track the hours, minutes and seconds, and with the bridge set directly onto the mainplate.
The LAB02 required a much longer axis for the gear train, and, without having a top bridge, needed ball bearings instead of rubies on the mainplate to add strength and stability. The single mainplate has also been highly skeletonised. The entire movement is then placed on a fully transparent sapphire plate that allows for magnificent visibility and gives the appearance that the elements are all floating in space.
LAB 02 is further equipped with a grand date function at 4:00 and its power reserve indicator (55 hours) is unusually placed so that it is visible via a sapphire glass on the side of the case at 8:00. Each LAB 02 can be customised, as well, enabling personal selection of the colour of gold, the choice of diamond cuts and settings, or even of coloured gemstones.
Because of the extremely complicated nature of this 45mm watch, just 10 pieces will be made, each identified by a specific plate number on the barrel. The starting price of the watch, in gold, without diamonds, is CHF 180,000 (S$264,000).
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