Magellan, Columbus, Da Gamma and other pioneers of maritime expeditions have emerged in the era of great sailing that began in the 15th century. As the only effective way for sailors to determine longitude, ship bells have become standard navigation tools since the nineteenth century. The Zenith watch brand produced high-precision navigation watches and standard astronomical navigation clocks during the First World War, and was used as a naval standard in many countries. Although with the gradual evolution of radio wave navigation and other technologies, the astronomical ship clock has gradually faded from the historical stage since the 1950s, Zenith’s uncompromising pursuit of accurate and stable timepieces is still the same, and the astronomical ship is reproduced on the wrist Bell’s brilliance has always been a dream of Zenith.
Columbus Hurricane Watch and its case
After more than 5 years of intensive R & D work, Zenith launched the prestigious Columbus high-complexity watch in 2010. For the first time, the nautical astronomical ship clock free-swing horizontal directional frame was transplanted to the watch to offset the gravity. The adverse effect of the watch’s travel time is similar to that of the marine timepiece. The development of this ultra-complex watch essentially solves a key problem that still plagues the modern watch industry today: how to make the meter achieve accurate measurements in movements that continue to affect its accuracy. The name Columbus is not only a tribute to the greatest nautical explorer in the world, but also stems from historical heritage. Zenith has manufactured the Lepine astronomical clock movement as early as the early 20th century, and its escapement was named ‘Columbus escapement. ‘. This astronomical clock was awarded three first prizes from the Neuchatel Observatory in Switzerland and the ‘A-Class Certificate-Very Excellent’ of the British Tytintown Observatory. This invention not only shows the brand’s bold creativity, but also pays tribute to the brand’s history.
Zenith Maritime Astronomical Clock
Zenith specially invited Ding Zhixiang, a famous ship clock collector, to take the history and evolution of ship clocks as the subject, and condensed the times in the ocean wind and waves into the ancient ship clocks that have solidified history. At the event, the appearance of an extraordinary timepiece of the true time series of the Columbus Hurricane Grand Nautical Watch was stunning. The outstanding high-complexity technology and exquisite enamel engraving technology made everyone in the audience breathtaking.
Zenith Prestige Columbus Hurricane Watch
As the pinnacle of high-complexity watches, this truly valuable Columbus Hurricane Grand Nautical Watch is limited to 10 pieces in the world. It is entirely handmade and equipped with three major achievements in watchmaking: patented gravity control system, sesame chain Transmission mechanism and unique high frequency of 36,000 times / hour; using the most exquisite master craftsmanship such as enamel, engraving and micro-painting, this classic series embodies the heritage of maritime precision timepieces, condensing more than 150 years of real time works More perfect ancient craftsmanship.
Zenith has always been a pioneer in the field of unexplored, praising the spirit of fearless and courageous exploration. Columbus series watches perfectly reflect the brand’s continuous breakthrough in watchmaking technology and never stop pursuing the ultimate step. The unremitting exploration and tradition of the time have made this great technical discovery, and also set an important milestone in the pursuit of accurate timepieces.
Technical data of the Zenith Premier Columbus Hurricane Watch
Price: 2,167,000 RMB
• The first gyroscope tourbillon watch with sesame chain transmission
• Sesame chain drive system provides balanced power for the barrel
• Tribute to great sailing adventurers
• Hand-made gold components screwed into the movement: micro-engraving, enamel, micro-painting and enamel engraving with filled silk
• Limited edition of 10 pieces
El Primero 8805 manual winding movement
The unique gyro mechanism keeps the adjustment mechanism in perfect horizontal position forever
Movement: 16 ½ ‘‘‘(diameter: 37 mm)
Thickness: 5.85 mm
Number of components: 354
Gyroscope frame is formed from 173 components
The chain is formed from 585 components
Vibration frequency: 36,000 times (5 Hz)
Power reserve: at least 50 hours
Off-centered hour and minute display at 12 o’clock
Gravity control auto-adjustment module at 6 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock
Sesame chain drive system under the hour / minute dial
Case, surface and hands Case, surface and hands
Material: 18K rose gold
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 14.80 mm / 21.80 mm
(With box sapphire crystal)
Crystal glass and case back: box-shaped double-sided anti-glare sapphire crystal, dome-protected gyroscope tourbillon
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Surface: 3 gold enamel surfaces
Time scale: black lacquered
Pointer: Blue steel
10.2260.4052W / 98.R573
Brown alligator leather strap, rose gold tri-fold clasp