Academy Christophe ColombReference# 18.2212.8805/36.C713Manufacturer's retail price: $280,000.00Compare
- Limited Edition: 25 pieces
- Case: 18-karat rose gold
- Size: 45mm
- Movement: hand-wound manufacture caliber El Primero 8804
- Function: power reserve, gravity control module
- Power Reserve: approximately 50 hours
- Water Resistance: 30m
- Dial: openworked
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Strap/Bracelet: alligator leather
The Academy Christophe Colomb represents one of the major landmarks in 21st century watchmaking.
Working on the principle that maintaining the regulating organ in a horizontal position results in the best possible balance amplitude and thus generates enhanced timekeeping precision, Zenith devised a self-regulating gyroscopic module designed to ensure that the regulating organ and balance are permanently kept in this position.
The ultimate guarantee of precision for a wristwatch consists of equipping it with a constant horizontal escapement that surpasses tourbillon mechanisms. That is exactly the feat accomplished by Zenith with its “Gravity Control” gyroscopic module. A feat unique in the world, especially since Zenith has pushed the limits of complexity still further by making its Academy Christophe Colomb movements beat at the exceptional frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour.