Here’s a special look at the new Zenith Christophe Colomb — an absolutely stunning new limited edition, high-horology piece from Zenith. Named after the famous world explorer Christopher Columbus, the design of this watch is phenomenal as it prominently features a glass globe which encloses a gyroscope-balanced regulator. The globe, or double-bubble as see it, protrudes above both the top and bottom of the case in a visually captivating manner. With a price of $209,000 and limited production of 25 250 pieces, this watch is all about Zenith showing off its horological skills, and I think it has succeeded on this one. Have a look:
Zenith Christophe Colomb
As I alluded to above, the watch’s regulating mechanism features prominently beneath a protruding dome both on the dial and caseback. 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 – history buffs can read more about Gernolamo Cardano here. The Cardan suspension allows the rotation of an object in multiple dimensions. This will surely provide its owner with hours of entertainment in hands-on exploration of the laws of physics.
Available in a 45mm rose or white gold case, the watch dial features the hours and minutes (12 o’clock), the self-regulating gyroscopic module (6 o’clock position), a small seconds subdial (9 o’clock), and a power reserve indicator (3 o’clock) — seen here on the white gold version:
The movement is the manual wind Zenith Academy 8804 with a unique gyroscopic system that ensures perfect horizontal positioning of the regulating organ housed in a gyroscopic cage made of 166 components, 10 conical-geared wheels (with 6 spherical wheels) & 6 ball bearings. Power reserve is 50 hours.
The watch is available in two metals — Rose Gold (Reference 18.2210.8804/01.C631 ) and White Gold (Reference 65.2210.8804/01.C630).
The only thing I am uncertain about is how exactly does this watch sit on the wrist? Does the double-bubble design cause trouble in this regard? I admit, I’m quite curious.
Overall an exciting watch that continues Zenith’s successful 2010. By the way, if you haven’t already seen them, you will want to have a look at two other exciting watches introduced by Zenith this year in a “return-to-the-roots” strategy for the brand — the Zenith Ultra Thin Elite 681 and the Zenith El-Primero Foudroyante Chronograph.