ZENITH – Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Titanium

The Locle manufacture has most definitely been spoiling us this year! This year, as it celebrates its 150th anniversary, its technical ingenuity and its adventurousness knows no limits. And what about precision? Well, Zenith thrives on precision, in particular through its high-frequency El Primero calibre. Its Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Titanium model, limited to 150 pieces (inevitably!), proves once again the brand’s amazing savoir-faire. It houses a hand-wound El Primero 4810 C calibre that incorporates a fusée-and-chain power train connected to the barrel (which can be admired at 10:30 and 1:30 respectively) and is chronometer-certified by the COSC (the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), all nestling at the heart of a 45 mm diameter, brushed titanium case. The dial is a pure harmony of various greys: brushed metal for the centre where the hour and minute hands spread out, azure slate grey beneath the luminescent, rhodium-plated indexes, and silvery-grey for the graduated flange. The seconds tick by in a counter set at 7:30 and the power reserve is displayed between 3 and 6 o’clock. Price: CHF 69,000. Sharmila Bertin