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Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

Personifying the key ZENITH values of determination and perseverance against all odds, Franky Zapata has successfully completed his second attempt at a unique solo flight from France to England. At the joystick of his legendary jet-propelled Flyboard Air, and with a Zenith Type 20 Chronograph Adventure watch strapped to his wrist, the super flying man and new ZENITH friend of the brand thereby vividly commemorated the 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s historic 1909 flight across the English Channel.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

ZENITH stands for pushing the limits of feasibility and inspiring one and all to reach for their star, whatever the difficulties or obstacles encountered. Zapata’s impressive athleticism, trailblazing attitude reflect these intrinsic qualities, as does his ability to remain undaunted by challenges and learn from each new experience. While Bleriot’s repeated previous failures had led him to be dubbed “the king of wrecks” until he finally crossed the Channel in 1909, Zapata required just two attempts to achieve this particular dream. Fittingly, he was wearing the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Adventure, a watch symbolising the unswerving determination that propels Zenith and its followers towards their very own star.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

Indomitable character and determination

The sturdy Zenith Pilot Type 20 Adventure with its signature user-friendly wide ratcheted crown is driven by an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement and delivers a 50-hour power reserve. Its highly legible grained khaki green dial features oversized Arabic numerals entirely made of Super-LumiNova®, while its bronze 45 mm case is secured to the wrist by a khaki matrix calfskin leather strap or a fully-interchangeable camouflage fabric alternative. All of which made it an indomitable partner for this new technological and intensely human accomplishment.

Flying pioneer and new ZENITH friend of the brand Franky Zapata reaches his star

ZENITH: the future of Swiss watchmaking

With innovation as its guiding star, Zenith features exceptional in-house developed and manufactured movements in all its watches, such as the DEFY Inventor with its monolithic oscillator of exceptional precision, and the DEFY El Primero 21 with its high-frequency 1/100th of a second chronograph. Since its establishment in 1865, Zenith has consistently redefined the notions of precision and innovation, including the first “Pilot Watch” at the dawn of aviation and the first serially produced “El Primero” automatic chronograph calibre. Always one step ahead, Zenith is writing a new chapter in its unique legacy by setting new standards of performance and inspired design. Zenith is here to shape the future of Swiss watchmaking, accompanying those who dare to challenge time itself and reach for the stars.

 

ZENITH Fusée Tourbillon Carbon Watch

Since the dawn of precision timekeeping, watchmakers have sought to produce timepieces that offer unfaltering performance through the use of “constant force”. Zenith reinterprets the fusee & chain constant force mechanism in a modernistic style in the new DEFY Fusee Tourbillon. Housing the new El Primero 4805 SK calibre, a manual-winding movement that follows the DEFY code of avant-garde movement architecture with an open three-dimensional impact, the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon is available in two distinct editions in Carbon and Platinum.

A New Vision of Haute Horlogerie

Upon a first glance, it’s immediately clear that the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon’s calibre is out of the ordinary. The spoke design of the bridges is amplified by their bicolor finish, where the top satin-finished surface is given a black treatment, while its polished sides are a lighter grey rhodium tone. The layout of the bridges offers a balanced layout of the various functions and complications. On the top half of the movement, one can admire the uniquely conceived fusee and chain constant force mechanism. The chain, which consists of 575 individually hand-assembled components, features a bold blued treatment: a first for a wristwatch fusee and chain system. On the opposite end at 6 o’clock, a tourbillon cage with an entirely new construction featuring an off-centered balance wheel makes a full rotation every 60 seconds. Like the chain, the tourbillon cage is embellished with a striking blue colour, reinforcing the visual effect of the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon’s unique moving parts. Positioned at the edge of the dial between 4 and 5 o’clock, a red-tipped hand indicates the power reserve, a handy feature when manually winding the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon with its 50-hour power reserve.

One extraordinary movement – two entirely different executions

As a mechanical movement’s mainspring unwinds, the torque it delivers to the regulating organ drops, resulting in less efficient chronometric performance of the movement. A centuries-old solution to counter this and achieve constant force lies within the power source and its transmission. Known as the “fusee and chain” system, it features miniature chain is coiled around a conical “fusee” and attached to the mainspring barrel. As the mainspring unwinds, more of the chain wraps around the barrel, detaching itself from the wide conical base of the fusee. The greater turning movement provided by the fusee compensates the weakening mainspring pull, thus maintaining the torque and, consequently, the amplitude of the regulating organ constant throughout the duration of the mainspring’s autonomy.

By combining the fusee and chain mechanism with a tourbillon regulating organ, Zenith places precision at the forefront of its unique take on haute horlogerie. Highlighting the unique technical and aesthetic prowess of the piece, the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon is produced in two different editions. The first version features a light yet robust carbon case, crown and buckle head. The carbon fibre treatment even extends to the open dial, with the central skeletal element and surrounding flange ring giving off the unique shimmer of this material. To complete the high-tech look, the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon in carbon is fitted on a black rubber strap with a “Cordura” fabric effect and blue stitching. A second strap is also supplied, in black rubber with a woven carbon effect. The DEFY Fusee Tourbillon in carbon is limited to 50 pieces. The second version of the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon, limited to just 10 pieces, is crafted in platinum. The exposed movement provides a vibrant, voluminous view, where the mix of materials and tones add visual depth, from the anthracite base plate of the movement to the blued chain and tourbillon cage topped with a set of geometrical bridges in two tones. The strap is made of a black rubber core coated with black alligator leather. While each version will appeal to a different kind of forward-thinking watch aficionado, one thing is certain: the DEFY Fusee Tourbillon solidifies Zenith’s position as a leader in building the future of watchmaking.

DEFY FUSEE TOURBILLON

LIMITED EDITION 50

UNIQUE SELLING POINTS Full Carbon model: Case, crown and buckle head Exclusive combination : Tourbillon Fusee-Chain Calibre Chain made of 575 components Manual winding El Primero Tourbillon with Fusée-Chain escapement Constant force fusée-chain transmission connected to the barrel

MOVEMENT Movement El Primero 4805 SK, Manual Calibre 161⁄2“` (Diameter: 37 mm) Movement thickness: 5.9 mm Components: 807 Exclusive bicolor signature on plates and bridges Jewels: 34 Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz) Power-reserve approx.: 50 hours

FUNCTIONS Hours and minutes in the centre Tourbillon: – The carriage is positioned at 6 o’clock – The carriage makes one turn per minute Power-reserve indication between 4 and 5 o’clock Fusée-chain transmission connected to the barrel

CASE, DIAL & HANDS Diameter: 44 mm Diameter opening: 36.5 mm Thickness: 13.35 mm Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal Material: Black carbon Water-resistance: 10 ATM Dial: Carbon Openworked Hour-markers: Transferred Hands: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

STRAP & BUCKLE Strap: Black rubber with black rubber “cordura effect” Buckle: Titanium double folding clasp with black carbon head

DEFY FUSEE TOURBILLON

LIMITED EDITION 10

UNIQUE SELLING POINTS Exclusive combination: Tourbillon Fusee-Chain Calibre Chain made of 575 components Manual winding El Primero Tourbillon with Fusée-Chain escapement Constant force fusée-chain transmission connected to the barrel

MOVEMENT Movement El Primero 4805 SK, Manual Calibre 161⁄2“` (Diameter: 37 mm) Movement thickness: 5.9 mm Components: 807 Exclusive bicolor signature on plates and bridges Jewels: 34 Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz) Power-reserve approx.: 50 hours

FUNCTIONS Hours and minutes in the centre Tourbillon: – The carriage is positioned at 6 o’clock – The carriage makes one turn per minute Power-reserve indication between 4 and 5 o’clock Fusée-chain transmission connected to the barrel

CASE, DIAL & HANDS Diameter: 44 mm Diameter opening: 36.5 mm Thickness: 13.35 mm Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal Material: Platinum 950 Water-resistance: 10 ATM Dial: Openworked Hour-markers: Transferred Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

STRAPS & BUCKLES Strap: Black rubber with black alligator leather coating Buckle: Titanium & white gold double folding clasp

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Absolute transparency ensuring unobstructed views of cutting-edge Zenith mechanics: the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot offers a futuristic take on Haute Horlogerie. Its powerful design and innovative materials reveal an unprecedented ‘engine’ – El Primero Calibre 4805 – combining two iconic complications from the Manufacture: the tourbillon and a fusee and chain transmission system. Issued in a 150-piece limited edition featuring a 45 mm-diameter black ceramic case, this sophisticated watch fully reveals the contemporary architecture of its high-frequency heart.

Eloquently expressing the comprehensive manufacturing expertise cultivated by Zenith, the Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot flaunts its mechanism in an entirely transparent manner. Its virile black ceramic case houses a new El Primero movement equipped with a tourbillon as well as a fusée and chain transmission system. 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 hand-wound El Primero Calibre 4805 provides a perfect picture of its magnificent mechanisms and its powerful architecture. An authentic technical and aesthetic feat stemming from a lengthy process of research and design affording an unprecedented view of the movement structure.

Contemporary virtuosity

The manufacturing expertise of Zenith and its resolutely future-oriented mindset are entirely in tune with the genetic heritage cultivated by the Maison for more than 150 years. Zenith’s brilliant founder, Georges Favre-Jacot, instilled a pioneering spirit into the firm by creating one of the first industrial watch 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. Haute Horlogerie meets modernity in this remarkable fusée and chain tourbillon model, equipped with the new high-frequency El Primero Calibre 4805, entirely developed and produced in-house by Zenith. While its famous name and its fast cadence of 36,000 vibrations per hour recall the legendary chronograph created by Zenith in 1969, this original new ‘engine’ also features a majestic tourbillon coupled with a fusée and chain transmission system linked to the barrel so as to ensure constant force.

Limpid darkness

A fascinating compendium of watchmaking technologies, this 807-part hand-wound movement is composed of modern, well-structured lines. The dial-free Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot with its generously sized 45 mm-diameter black ceramic case turns the spotlight on its tourbillon 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. A new chapter in the Zenith saga is thus being written in unmistakably modern ink.