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Corum Sets the Tempo with the Bubble Paiste

Le 10 February 2016

Do you know what Corum and Nick Mason, the Pink Floyd drummer, have in common? U2’s Larry Mullen Jr. or Trombone Shorty drummer Joey Peebles? No? Come on, think about it… Still don’t know ?

Corum Bubble Paiste

Even the drummer of Herbie Hancock is part of the aforementioned group: they all trust Paiste’s Swiss-made cymbals. Some trust them to convey the full potential of their skill set, to “hold down the fort” and make us groove or dream while performing fast and frenzied technical solos; others trust them to create the watch faces of the latest Bubble collection. Meet the Corum Bubble Paiste, the watch giving us the tempo today. “One, two. One, two, three, four…”

We all know the iconic Corum Bubble, a watch that covers all superlatives in terms of design, introduced with different variations at the beginning of the 2000s, under the instinct and authority of the charismatic Severin Wunderman, who breathed life into the brand thanks to his boldness and innate sense of innovation. You either like it or you don’t, there’s rarely anything in between, the position statement is strong and the sapphire is boldly convex.

The watch manufacturer has partnered with another manufacturer today based out of Switzerland, but born in Russia over a century ago. A high-end cymbal manufacturer recognized by everyone for the quality and precision of its cymbals: Paiste.

Look closely, no need for a double take: that is indeed a real cymbal inside the watch. It’s not a watch face cymbal design, no, it’s a true miniature cymbal created by Paiste to serve as a watch face for Corum. Whoever has the slightest sense of rhythm within them will surely want to start playing with the watch at their wrist, and by playing I mean pretending to be Max Roach or Buddy Rich.

The Case

The case of this Corum Bubble hasn’t changed. This round case, 47mm in diameter and 18,8mm tall is extremely small for a cymbal, but still imposing for a small wrist of course. With that said, it looks very good on our friend Tim, who isn’t a viking. It’s also worth mentioning that the black PVD coating helps make the watch look a bit smaller.

The Movement

The movement animating this little bubble of design is the Corum CO110 which displays the hours, minutes and seconds. The 26-ruby calibre keeps time at a cadence of 28’800 Alt/h and has a 42 hour power reserve.

Because it’s important…

Since we have an actual cymbal on our wrists today, and Tim Campanella was kind enough to offer us a nice mise en bouche (check out his first album here), why don’t we listen once again to some real jazz. Here’s a recording that will never get old for me.

I was already humming the melodies and solos on my father’s lap 30 years ago… Time goes by, but the pleasure remains intact, because the 14 minutes of this take on Moanin’, recorded in Brussels in november of 1958 are a summary of elegance, talent and sharing.

I invite you to discover or to rediscover the drummer Art Blackey accompanied by the Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan (trumpet, outstanding solo at 1:02), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano, another outstanding solo that starts at 5:41) along with Jymie Meritt on the double bass.

Forget about everything else and keep your eyes, ears and seven chakras wide open…

Art Blackey

“Music washes away the dust of everyday life”

Ladies and Gentlemen… Moanin’. I hope you enjoy it.