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.



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.



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.




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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