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100 BRANDS AT BASELWORLD: No.29 – Zenith

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Still located in the premises where it was born in 1865, Zenith is celebrating its 150th anniversary by introducing an exceptional watch imbued with the visionary genius of its founder, Georges Favre-Jacot.

Genius was indeed required to transpose the fusée and chain system borrowed from historical marine chronometers to the tiny space of a wristwatch.

This highly complex device serves to compensate for the progressive reduction in the force of the barrel as the power reserve is discharged, and to maintain the perfect stability of the force with no loss of amplitude.

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In concrete terms, the mainspring transmits its energy to the helicoidal fusée devised by Zenith via a 18-cm chain that wraps itself around the barrel.

By adjusting variations in tension, the fusée ensures the regularity of the force distributed to the gear train and then to the silicon escape wheel. 150-piece limited edition.

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound constant-force El Primero 4810 calibre with fusée and chain transmission connected to the barrel, COSC-certified chronometer, 36,000 vib/h, 797 parts (including 575 for the fusée and chain), 30 jewels, 50-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, power-reserve indicator

Case
18K pink gold, 45 mm Cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)

Dial
Grained silver-toned Barrel between 10 and 11 o’clock Fusée between 1 and 2 o’clock

Bracelet/strap
Rubber-lined brown alligator leather, 18K pink gold folding clasp

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