Zenith Christophe Colombe Hurricane Grand Voyage
by Kyle Stults on October 06, 2013
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Zenith Academy Christophe Colombe Hurricane Grand Voyage

Zenith continues  its tribute to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus with this fancied-up 10-piece limited edition featuring a superbly enamelled, engraving and micro-painted caseback.   See it all, below!

There is a lot of detail, some of it very subtle, on the caseback.  I’ll walk you through and give a closer look at some of the details which I find noteworthy.

Zenith Academy Christophe Colombe Hurricane Grand Voyage Caseback

Surrounding the gyroscopic mechanism are a finely hand-engraved portrait of Columbus and a sextant (far right):

Zenith Christophe Colombe Grand Voyage Caseback Closeup

Above these features are a representation of the Santa Maria, Columbus’ flagship on his voyage of 1492.  The champleve enamelled sails accurately incorporate the red cross — save for one which I see has been replaced by a Zenith star.  Around the edge of the caseback I see a mini-painting of the horizon at dawn or dusk; you can even see a small wheel which evokes the sun.

Zenith Christophe Colombe Grand Voyage Caseback Closeup2

Here, the hands of master craftsment at work, engraving and enamelling!

Champleve engraving of the sails

Enamelling the sails

It all comes together in a most impressive fashion; just think of how many hours it must have taken Zenith’s master craftsmen to create such a scene!

Dial side, the architecture is arranged so as to highlight the watches most prominent features:  the chain-and-fusee constant force system and the gimbal cage which holds the 36,000 vph regulator constantly horizontal.  Also on display are hours/mins (12 o’clock), power reserve (4 o’clock), and small seconds (9 o’clock).

Zenith Christophe Colombe Hurricane Grand Voyage Watch

The Chain-et-Fusee:

Chain Fusee

The counterweight to the regulator in the gimbal is also specially done — a representation of the Southern hemisphere, entirely hand painted.

Zenith Academy Christophe Colombe Hurricane Grand Voyage Gyrotroubillon

Counterweight

The case is 45mm rose gold, 14.8mm thick.    Limited edition 10 pieces, each will sell for a cool $353,000.