Zenith Introduces Academy Zero Gravity Tourbillon Watch

Dec 09, 2009
Since 1865, Zenith has cherished the tradition of introducing innovative mechanisms and groundbreaking timepieces. Now, the brand is pleased to reveal a new timepiece to join its highly successful Academy collection - the limited-edition Academy Zero-G watch that boasts Zenith’s revolutionary Zero-G Tourbillon.

The innovative Tourbillon Zero-G movement joined the world of watchmaking in 2008. The movement demonstrated a revolutionary self-regulating gyroscopic tourbillon carriage put on a cardan the same way as a marine chronometer. The gyroscopic carriage provided a flat position of the regulating organ, thus keeping the mechanism away from the gravity effects and significantly improving its accuracy.

The work of marine chronometers was based on the zero gravity principle and they represented the ultimate “portable” precision instruments that allowed to determine a ship’s position, implying safe maritime voyages.

Zenith timepieces of this type appeared in the beginning of the 20th century and are still highly coveted collector’s pieces. The brand has continuously gained more expertise in this field and the elaboration of the Zero-G movement is a true feat of sophisticated miniaturization and cutting-edge technology.

The new Zenith Academy Zero Gravity Tourbillon watch demonstrates subtle aesthetic details and fine craftsmanship, including the stepped double-godrooned case, the sword-like hands, and the barleycorn and wave guilloche dial patterns.

The timepiece catches attention by a variety of nice modern touches created with help of the asymmetrical position of the displays. You will notice the off-centered hours and minutes at 11 o’clock and the Zero-G Tourbillon module at 5 o’clock. Together they form a figure 8, symbolizing good luck and infinity. The small seconds display is featured at 7.30 - almost diagonally opposite the crown at 2 o’clock. The multilayered dial is shielded by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The movement beating inside the timepiece, with its amazing intricacies, may be admired through a transparent exhibition case-back. The El Primero 8801 self-winding 43-jewel calibre incorporates a rotor crafted in 950 PT platinum, and a gyroscopic carriage built from 160 parts, including 10 conical-geared wheels and 6 ball bearings. The movement beats at the frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour and gives an advantage of a 50-hour power reserve.

The new Zenith Academy Zero Gravity Tourbillon watch, reviewed by Watches.InfoNIAC.com, is presented on a black crocodile leather strap provided with silky alvazel calfskin lining and fitted with an 18K gold triple folding clasp. The Zenith watch is available with a case either in white or rose gold.

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