It is no surprise that the popularity of black-on-black watches has been steadily rising over the past years. Being incredibly chic and versatile, entirely black timepieces pair well with both formal and casual dressing, at the same time allowing the wearer to indulge the best of both classical and contemporary design can offer. “Corum has always been concerned to develop and evolve its different collections together. In the past, we have already made a black titanium Golden Bridge and this year we will present a ruthenium coin watch. That's why we wanted to bring modernity to the Admiral collection with this full black edition,” explains the brand’s design team.

Corum Admiral 42 Full Black
Corum Admiral 42 Full Black

Born in the 1960s, the very first Admiral’s Cup model was an unusual yachting watch with a water-resistant square case. However, the Admiral collection that we are now familiar with, is actually an evolution of the Admiral’s Cup model redesigned in 1983, with its instantly recognizable 12-sided case and nautical pennants on the dial. Over the years, this collection dedicated to the world- famous regatta has not only become an integral pillar of Corum, but also one of the most iconic nautical-inspired timepieces on the market.

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Corum Admiral 42 Full Black

In the year 2010, the Admiral collection celebrated its 50th anniversary, and at the same time, welcomed the launch of the Admiral Legend collection. Keeping in mind the iconic design codes of the original Admiral’s Cup model released in 1980s, the Admiral Legend collection proposed a family of elegant timepieces with a more modern and refined silhouette. The resulting Admiral Legend 42, with a slimmer case diameter, has went on to become one of Corum’s bestselling models over the recent years.

One of the most identifiable characteristics of an Admiral timepiece is the use of 12 nautical pennants as hour markers. These flags in fact conform to the International Code of Signals for indicating numbers using colored flags, so each hour is represented by its corresponding pennant.

The New Corum Admiral 42 Full Black
Corum Admiral 42 Full Black

The latest Admiral 42 Full Black the complete opposite of its colorful predecessors, and a first-ever within the Admiral family of watches. It features the iconic dodecagonal case in black PVD-treated stainless steel, paired with a blackened brass dial. The nautical pennants, minute markers now presented in greyscale tones to balance the austerity of the all-black design, while markers for the minute and small seconds are made visible using a tone-on- tone effect.

According to Corum’s product development department, “The main objective is to go against the classic codes of watchmaking by proposing a trendy watch instead of a traditional case in steel or gold. In addition, Corum wanted to break the codes of its Admiral collection representing classic navigation. The nautical flags are not in color and we did not use the traditional blue and teak wood. This version is inspired by modern boats with their carbon hull.”

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Corum Admiral 42 Full Black

The Dauphine-style hour and minute hands are also skeletonized, given black PVD treatment, then filled with white SuperLuminova to ensure excellent legibility. Vulcanized black rubber straps with a black PVD-treated buckle complete the edgy look. Devoid of colors, this dark knight of a watch is mysterious, sporty yet intriguingly handsome at the same time.

The Admiral 42 Full Black is powered by the automatic CO 395 movement, which provides 42 hours power reserve. It offers a water resistance of 50 meters. Produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

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Corum Admiral 42 Full Black

Corum Admiral 42 Full Black

Technical specifications:

Ref. A395/03818 - 395.111.98/F371 BL12


Watch Name: Admiral Legend 42

Availibility: Limited Edition: 100 piece(s)


Movement number: CO 395

Winding system: Automatic

Functions: Hour & Minute • Date • Small second

Power reserve: 42 hours

Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph

Dimension: 11 1/2'''

Rubies: 27


Colours: Black

Material: Brass

Distinctive features: Corum logo transferred on the dial • Nautical pennants transferred in grey


Shape: Dodecagonal

Dimension: 42 mm

Thickness: 9.5 mm

Case material: Stainless steel with black PVD treatment

Crown material: Stainless steel with black PVD treatment

Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Back type: Screwed in open back stainless steel cover sapphire crystal with anti- reflective treatment

Back finishes: Black PVD treatment

Water-resistance: 50 meters / 5 ATM


Hour and minute: Dauphine • Faceted • Skeleton • Black PVD treatment • White superluminova

Small second: Dauphine • Rhodium-coated • Faceted


Material: Vulcanized rubber

Colours: Black

Interhorn/Buckle: 21/18 mm

Buckle type: Triple folding clasp

Buckle material: Stainless steel

Buckle distinctive features: Black PVD treatment

The price for the Corum Admiral 42 Full Black is $5,200.

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