Over the past few years, Corum has undergone a complete transformation that has enabled it to achieve a perfect match between the product and the demands for quality and creativity that are the very foundations of its credibility. Its firmly upscale move is a logical result of the brand’s efforts to recapture its historical standing while significantly reinforcing its horological substance. Corum’s substantial investments have led to the integration of watchmaking professions, the development of production tools, the enhancement of human resources and the promotion of staff training. The result is a brand once again entirely in tune with its genetic heritage.
Positioned as an exclusive brand, Corum offers high-quality watch collections featuring an innovative and distinctive design, and equipped with sophisticated mechanical movements. Its 150 current references, spread between four key pillars – Admiral’s Cup, Romvlvs, Golden Bridge and Artisans – enjoy a legitimacy rooted in the brand history. The full set of collections comprises models at prices ranging from 5,000 to 1 million Swiss francs and giving pride of place to precious metals and horological complications.
In 1960, the first interpretation of the Admiral’s Cup model paved the way for Corum’s success. This model celebrates its 50th
anniversary in 2010 and remains emblematic thanks to its history, which is inextricably bound up with major sailing competitions and prestigious sailors, as well as for its inimitable esthetic based on a twelve-sided case and a dial set off by twelve nautical pennants. These are its distinctive and unmistakable identifying characteristics.
A brief history of the Okalys-Corum team
When Nicolas Grange began sailing twenty years ago, he raced on the Formula 40, one of the great Lake Geneva trimarans that often won the Bol d’Or Mirabaud. Having sailed with Ernesto Bertarelli for a number of years, the Decision 35’s two owners were able to keep up both their love of competition and their ranking among the top sailors on the circuit. In 2003, a new chapter of this story was written. Extreme conditions during the 2003 Bol d’Or Mirabaud decimated the multihull fleet on Lake Geneva, leading many owner/skippers of the time, including Ernesto Bertarelli, Philippe Cardis, Gérard Gautier and Nicolas Grange, to create the world’s first fleet of large multihulls. Thus the Decision 35 project was born. This dream became a reality in 2004, when a spectacular new multi-colored fleet arrived on Lake Geneva and quickly attracted the best sailors on the planet.
Putting his experience to work, Nicolas Grange built up a young, outstanding and motivated crew that could succeed in combining performance with enjoyment. Maintaining friendly ties with Loïck Peyron, he also called on his services and his talent and experience with multihulls to round out the team. His vision brought success: to date, the Okalys-Corum team is the most decorated Decision 35 on the circuit. Its laurels include two consecutive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge and two wins at the Bol d’Or Mirabaud; three at the Geneva Grand Prix*, four in the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva and one at the Beau-Rivage Palace Grand Prix; and many other triumphs on the Decision 35 circuit.
The pioneering Okalys-Corum was the first boat to dominate the Julius Baer Challenge after its victories in 2005 and 2006, a feat later matched by Alinghi, which also won the Julius Baer Challenge after its wins in 2007 and 2008. The taste of victory is all the sweeter as for the past four years Okalys-Corum has been competing against teams made up entirely of professionals (Foncia and Alinghi), whereas its own crew consists of amateurs (with the exception of Loïck Peyron) who participate in an average of five regattas out of eight during the season. Last year, the Okalys-Corum team even finished the season with the same number of points than the Alinghi team. Finally only the number of second places during the season decided the winner between both competitors and offered the first place of the championship to Ernesto Bertarelli’s team. The new season 2010 will be as challenged as last year and we are looking forward to see the Lake Leman’s Formulas 1 competing against each other.
Introducing the Okalys-Corum Team
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Owner, skipper and helmsman, two successive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge, two wins at the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Swiss champion, holder of the Blue Ribbon and the Lake Geneva Hour Record, winner of all the major Lake Geneva classics, third place at Fasnet. President of the AMC [the Swiss multihull association]. Loïck Peyron
Helmsman, multihull expert, two successive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge, two wins in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, three-time winner of The English Transat, multiple World and European Championships, second in the Vendée Globe and the Route du Rhum, and many others. Since April 2010, the French sailor, also considered as on of the world’s best has joined the Corum family and sails under the brand’s flag. Andrew Graham
Trimmer, winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, a crossover from Alinghi, Farr 40 world champion, has won all the major classic races on Lake Geneva. Damien Cardenoso
A highly talented Lake Geneva trimmer, naval architect and regatta competitor, also winner of multiple Swiss championships, winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in a monohull, victor in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in a monohull and a multihull, has participated many times in the Tour de France à la Voile on the boat Ville de Genève. Kristoffer Jonnsson
Trimmer, two successive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge, two wins in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, trained for the Olympics in a Tornado with Sweden. Pierre-Yves Bolli
Trimmer and Number 1, two successive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge, two wins in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, has won all the major Lake Geneva regattas. Eric Monnin
Tactician and the best match racer in Switzerland (regularly ranked between tenth and fifteenth in the world), two successive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge, two wins at the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, multiple Swiss and European championships on various boats. Fabien Froesch
Number 1, two successive victories in the Julius Baer Challenge, two wins in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, one of the most talented sailors of his generation, winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in a monohull, third place in the Melges 24 European Championship. Malko Pasteur
Outstanding technician responsible for preparing the boat for over ten years.