In 2000, Severin Wunderman purchased Kunlun, integrating personality and charm into his creation, and launched the Bubble series for the first time. The large case (44 mm in diameter), the towering bubble-like sapphire crystal (thickness 8 mm), and the magnified distortion of the dial’s visual effects, which were incompatible with the orthodox design, were very popular at the time.
But the good times didn’t last long. Later, the brand decided to switch to the antique series. The Bubble watch tended to be discontinued and gradually lost its original glory. So the ‘Casino’ watch, decorated with a dial pattern and a ball-shaped second hand, could only stay in memory for the sake of memory. Of course, the dot-com Bubble of the stock market followed in 2000. From this point of view, the launch of the Bubble series watch should be timely.
Today, exactly 15 years later, the Bubble series is returning with three new designs. The 2015 Bubble series retains the classic core design DNA, but it is not a simple copy of the original model. The new watch has a diameter of 47 mm and a spherical crown. The thickness is 18.8 mm and the sapphire crystal is 8 mm. The tall mirror has a lens function that can magnify and distort the dial’s visual effect. In addition, the large case is short and powerful The curved case is close to the wrist to ensure the most comfortable wearing effect.
Two of the three were inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely, a French artist born in Hungary who was the founder of optical art. The first model has a bronze case with a brown dial and is decorated with retro-style luminous hour markers; the second model is a black case with a matte black dial and is decorated with charcoal black hour markers. The case is PVD-coated, with small squares engraved on the dial, and the specifications gradually increase from the edge to the center. Each pair is limited to 350 pieces.
The third in the Bubble collection completely ditched the disc and replaced it with a skeleton movement. Through the arched sapphire crystal, you can also see the precise operation of the CO0082 self-winding movement under a magnified perspective.
No doubt, the design of the Bubble series is a bit weird, but I think it has a unique appeal and will have its place. Therefore, it is good to see the return of the Bubble series triumph, but I have to doubt-does this mean that a new round of asset bubbles is coming? Well … time will give the answer.