This year being Zenith’s 150th anniversary, the Le Locle-based manufacture introduced earlier this year 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 name of this piece, of course, paying tribute to Zenith’s founder, Mr. Georges Favre-Jacot. Now, Zenith complements the rose gold piece edition with a new version in titanium case. Again limited to 150 pieces, this titanium model looks much sportier and avant-garde as compared to the original version was traditional & (a bit too) sober looking.
Limited edition 150 pieces
45mm x 14.35mm titanium case, manual wind Zenith El Primero Cal 4810 (36,000 vph/5Hz; 222 parts + 575 for the chain and fusee system, 50 hours power reserve)
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.