To mark Zenith’s 150th anniversary in 2015, the Le Locle-based manufacture is set to introduce the “Academy Georges Favre-Jacot”, a 150-piece limited edition series in rose gold case featuring a high-frequency hand-would El Primero caliber with chain and fusée mechanism. The fusée and chain is a rarely seen mechanism in the world of high watchmaking — names like Breguet, A. Lange and independent Romain Gauthier (to name a few) all have their own variation of such a system. On this watch, the chain and fusée transmission is fully visible through the upper dial opening, with the barrel between 10 and 11 o’clock and the fusée around which the chain wraps itself located between 1 and 2 o’clock. In total, the caliber comprises a whopping 797 parts, most of which are part of the 18cm long chain.
The name of this anniversary piece also pays tribute to Zenith’s founder, Mr. Georges Favre-Jacot. Certainly not a household name as far as “famous founders” go, but it was in 1865 that this youthful native of the village of Le Locle founded his watch factory (he was 22) which we know today as Zenith. 150 years is certainly a milestone worth celebrating, and you can be Zenith has plenty of festive events — and watches — to mark the occasion. Stay tuned! For now, though — a quick sneak peak at the Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot…
The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater was launched in 2012, featuring two birds and their young created in remarkable detail by the hands of Jaquet Droz artisans. The following year, The Charming Bird watch marked the brand’s 275th anniversary with a new interpretation of the bird in an ultra-modern decorative setting and this time singing. Now, the story continues with a new version of The Bird Repeater – a more streamlined, contemporary-looking model that has nonetheless retained intact the animated features that made it a success: a duo of birds feeding their fledglings, the spreading wings, the tumbling waterfall and the hatching egg.
RJ-Romain Jerome, in a deal with DC Comics, pays tribute to Gotham City’s Super Hero with a timepiece inspired by the Dark Knight: the Batman-DNA. This is part of Romain Jerome’s “Collaborations” collection which includes other partnership/license deals such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Delorean. The watch reflects Batman’s heroic personality, with a 46 mm black PVD-coated steel case, an angular black bezel recalling the contours of the “Batmobile”, and a black-lacquered Batman emblem applique placed at the center of the dial. The rest of the dial has undergone RJ-Romain Jerome’s special “rough” finish, giving the watch a dark and edgy look. The legendary “Bat-Signal”, shines at night thanks to an engraving, filled with black Superluminova, which outlines the hero’s famous symbol.
Limited to 75 pieces at a price of $18,500 per, the Batman-DNA celebrates the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary.
We have here a nice new piece in Baume & Mercier’s Clifton collection, featuring a manual wind caliber with 8-day power reserve produced by IWC (essentially to the calibre 59210 in IWC’s Portofino 8-Day watch), in gold case. This is a 185-piece limited edition in celebration of 185 years since the founding of the brand (that’s 10 more years than Patek Philippe, for what it’s worth).
Overall, Baume & Mercier really has a winner going with its new Clifton line which debuted last year (my Perpetuelle was the first to report on the new line, in Nov 2012, before its official launch in 2013). The design on these watches and the dials in particular really resonate with me. Even if the 45mm case size is a bit large for my preferences and tastes in general these days.