Sunday, October 25

Baselworld 2016: Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot

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Zenith’s Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot offers a futuristic take on Haute Horlogerie. Its powerful design and innovative materials reveal an unprecedented ‘engine’ – El Primero Calibre 4805 – combining two iconic complications from the Manufacture: the tourbillon and a fusee and chain transmission system.

 

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A close up of the El Primero 4805 Fusee chain system.

 

Eloquently expressing the comprehensive manufacturing expertise cultivated by Zenith, the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot flaunts its mechanism in an entirely transparent manner. Its virile black ceramic case houses a new El Primero movement equipped with a tourbillon as well as a fusée and chain transmission system. These two horological complications, both specialities of the brand with the guiding star, are thus united for the first time in a Zenith high-frequency movement. The dial-free hand-wound El Primero Calibre 4805 provides a perfect picture of its magnificent mechanisms and its powerful architecture. An authentic technical and aesthetic feat stemming from a lengthy process of research and design affording an unprecedented view of the movement structure.

 

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The watch offers absolute transparency ensuring unobstructed views of cutting-edge Zenith mechanics.

 

The watch measures 45 mm in diameter and 14.65 mm in height. It uses a domed sapphire crystal with double sided anti-reflective treatment, and a see through caseback to reveal the movement. On the dial, black plates are screwed on and fit with ruthenium-plated hands that are faceted and coated with SuperLuminova. The El Primero 4805 manual movement beats at 36,000 VpH (5 Hz) and has approximately 50 hours power reserve.

 

 

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The watch’s Fusée Chain transmission is connected to the barrel with power-reserve indicator at 4:30

 

The watch is issued in a 150-piece limited edition and is fit with a black rubber strap and black PVD coated Titanium triple folding clasp. An interesting offering from the brand, which is showing a keen eye for stealthy looking black watches.

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