Here is a jaw-dropping iteration on Zenith’s incredible Christophe Colomb that I recently came across (seems I just can’t stay away from Marcus London lately). What’s unique here vs. the original Christophe Colomb is the skeletonization of the watch. As a refresher, the original Zenith Christophe Colomb (as I reviewed in 2010) features a distinctive bubble which encases a gyroscope-balanced regulator — the visual is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The mechanism is kept horizontal at all times through a clever Cardan suspension system, a mechanism commonly found in gyroscopes whose origins date back to the early 1500s (the Cardan suspension allows the rotation of an object in multiple dimensions). This particular piece, one of just 25 to be made, is (was?) available at MARCUS London. MARCUS clearly has a thing for Zenith, because in addition to this piece they also have the standard Christophe Colomb as well as the Christophe Colomb Equation of Time. Given that the original white- and rose gold Christophe Colomb’s were priced at $209,000, you can expect this piece with its intricate skeleton work to sell for considerably more.
As an aside, it really amazes me how many “special edition”, “boutique specials” and/or other “limited edition” pieces that are out there but are essentially unknown to the wider world of watch enthusiasts. I manage to discover new watches like this every week — I enjoy highlighting them and I am pleased to know that Perpetuelle is often the only place you will discover such watches.
Zenith Christophe Colomb Skeleton
Limited Edition 25 pieces
45mm platinum case, skeleton dial, sapphire dials and blued steel hands
The “Original” Christophe Colomb