— Unveiled at Baselworld 2016 UK Replica Watches, the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot possess’ a new El Primero movement combining two iconic complications from the Manufacture: the tourbillon and a fusée and chain transmission system.
The manufacturing expertise of Zenith and its future-oriented mindset are entirely in tune with the genetic heritage cultivated by the Maison for more than 150 years. Zenith’s founder, Georges Favre- Jacot, instilled a pioneering spirit into the firm by creating one of the first industrial Swiss fake watches manufacturing facilities in 1865. This resolutely technical approach driven by a sense of daring has now given rise to the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot watch, issued in a 150-piece limited edition.
Its virile black ceramic case houses a new El Primero movement equipped with a tourbillon coupled with a fusée and chain transmission system linked to the barrel so as to ensure constant force. These two horological complications, both specialities of the brand with the guiding star, are thus united for the first time in a Zenith high-frequency movement.
The dial-free Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot with its generously sized 45 mm-diameter black ceramic case turns the spotlight on its tourbillion placed at 6 o’clock and on its fusée and train transmission system between 10.30 and 1.30. Secured to the mainplate by polished screws, three blackened bridges support the fusée and barrel arbors, while the tourbillon carriage performs one rotation per minute. The central hours and minutes functions are shown on a ring swept over by luminescent black facetted hands and hour-markers. The more than 50-hour power reserve is displayed between 4 and 5 o’clock by a red-tipped hand moving between “High” and “Low” indications. Visible both on the display side and through the sapphire crystal case-back, the mainplate and bridges are coated with a deep anthracite colour adorned with alternating sandblasted, hand-chamfered and straight grained finishes.
Water-resistant to 50 metres, the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot is fitted with a perforated rubber strap secured by a PVD-coated titanium triple folding clasp and issued in a 150-piece limited edition. Another 150-piece rose gold limited-edition version is also available.