Corum is a weird company. They have a few very definitive watches – the Bubble being their biggest seller – but this time they seem to have gone off the deep end. The Corum Bubble Skull X-Ray is a rehash of Corum’s original Bubble watch with a twist – it displays the glowing X-ray of a human skull through the big and bold crystal.

Corum’s Bubble line started in 2000 when the founder, Severin Wunderman, wanted to recreate an early diver watch that featured a rotund crystal. The original Bubble featured a stylized skull on its face and went on to turn Corum into an also-ran Swiss brand into an international force.

Now the company is bringing back that skully goodness with the Bubble Skull X-Ray and boy is it a doozy. From the release:

The Bubble Skull X-Ray pays tribute to the line’s roots with a highly stylized yet realistic looking skull taking center stage on the dial. While the huge domed sapphire crystal slightly distorts the image, it is fully visible in the dark because it is totally luminescent: disruptive in day and at night. In fact, when the lights go out, the skull glows green for an eerie yet provocative appeal. Bringing the luminescence full circle, Corum adds fluorescent green stitching to the synthetic alligator-like strap that is lined with rubber.

Not only is the watch a little weird, it’s also a little creepy. To wit: “Water resistant to 100 meters, the 47mmm case offers hours, minutes and seconds and is being created in a limited edition of just 666 pieces.” 666, eh? The number of the horological beast?

The watch is launching this year and will lead to more clever, crazy, cranial Corums in the future.

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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