Introducing: Corum Bubble Big Magical Djibril Cissé


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First introduced in 2000, the Bubble is one of, if not the most iconic Corum watch ever made. Unveiled at a time when large watches were scarce, this oversized piece with an even larger crystal was an instant hit among collectors and enthusiasts. With its bold and unusual design, it quickly became the must-have timepiece of the new millennium. Over the years, Corum has introduced numerous Bubble models, many of which were created in collaboration with various artists and friends of the brand. The latest such model is called the Bubble Big Magical Djibril Cissé. Born in 1981, Djibril Cissé is a former French footballer who played as a striker for clubs Auxerre, Liverpool, Marseille and Lazio. Known as the “Lion”, he also appeared in a couple of movies, has his own clothing range and fragrance, and has even tried a career as a DJ!

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Bubble’s large dial has often been used as a canvas for various artistic collaborations

 

So, Corum and Djibril Cissé, how did they meet? The Frenchman is actually a passionate watch collector, and in one of his Instagram posts he shared a photo of him wearing a Bubble watch, a personal piece he frequently wears. This, of course, didn’t go unnoticed by Corum who reached out to him and offered a collaboration. The “Lion” was thrilled about the idea and immediately agreed. According to Corum’s CEO Jérôme Biard, the brand has been planning to work with Djibril for a long time. They knew he was a collector with a very sophisticated taste. The Swiss brand met up with the former footballer in Lausanne where they discussed about creating a very exclusive Bubble watch.

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The watch reflects Djibril’s flamboyant personality

 

Corum and Djibril Cissé wanted to create a special timepiece that will feature subtle nod to the Frenchman’s outstanding career as a footballer. Djibril also wanted for this watch to be bold and daring, to reflect his flamboyant personality. Occupying almost the entire dial is a gold-toned brass appliqué of a skull. Inside the jaw is a gold number 9 – a reference to the jersey number The “Lion” wore in all of his matches. The new Corum Bubble Big Magical Djibril Cissé does not feature traditional watch hands so that all the attention can be focused on the mesmerizing skull. Instead, the time is displayed using a an off-centre hour display called “Magical”. Circling around the edge of the dial, it features white dots (hours and minutes) and two red circles sweeping over it. The larger one indicates the hours  while the smaller indicates the minutes.

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The dial does not feature traditional watch hands so that all the attention can be focused on the mesmerizing skull

 

The new Corum Bubble Big Magical Djibril Cissé comes in two 88-piece limited editions: one in black PVD-treated titanium, and the other one also in this material, but with the bezel and crown in rose gold. Both models are 52mm wide and feature 100-meter water resistant cases with sapphire backs. The watches are powered by the caliber CO 390, a self-winding movement that works at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of approximately 65 hours. Each model comes on a stylish black rubber strap.

 

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