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Oct 15

Zenith Academy Open Repetition Minutes

        Carrying on over a century of prestigious tradition, ever since 1865, when it was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland, by an enthusiast young watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith has built a well grounded reputation for designing timepieces which rise up to the mythical connotations of its name – which represent the most elevated point up in the sky, or the pinnacle of achievement and mastery for any artist watchmaker. And as a proof of this reputation, we only have to mention the creation of over 50 distinct movements, of the emblematic El Primero Caliber, widely accepted as one of the best chronographs ever built, as well as over 1500 international awards accumulated by this brand. This is why a Zenith watch is not only a timekeeping companion, is a piece of today’s finest horological art extremely appreciated and coveted by worldwide watches connoisseurs and enthusiast collectors.

        Historically the Minute Repeater complication is one of the most conclusive expressions of watch-making artisan ship and mastery, and Zenith is a brand which maintains the elevated standards in the minute repeater designing branch, but also it raises the bar, continually innovating and reinventing this complication.

        Zenith Academy Open Repetition Minutes watch, is a model designed to pay a great tribute to the first minute-repeater models created over three centuries ago; it unites the emblematic EI Primero Chronograph with a Minute Repeater mechanism resulting thus, a highly complicated timepiece which accommodates the new Zenith 4043 caliber, a fascinating mechanism which confers a 50-hours power reserve. In order to merge the two complications, the brand’s engineering team patented a system which enables the chiming mechanism to rotate around the chronograph’s axes. The timepiece creates a distinctive chime for hours, minutes and quarter hours- low, high and respectively double tone sounds mark the passage of these time intervals. The seductive architecture of the repeater’s dial unfurls a fascinating accumulation of apertures which allow the astound eye of the viewer to peek inside the beautiful mechanism and look at the marvelous dance of hammers.

        The beautiful model is hosted by a 44 mm in diameter, classy masculine case, manufactured from 18 karat solid gold.

        The repeater was manufactured in two versions: the first is an elegant rose gold model fitted with silver dial adorned with hand-guilloche pattern, and the second approaches a more contemporary style combining a white gold case with a translucent dial.

        The intricate design of the dial comprises 18 karat hand-mounted appliquéd both hour indices and Roman numerals hour markers. The watch displays central hours and minutes, it features a small second’s counter located at 9 o’clock position, central seconds chronograph hand, 12-hours counter located at 6 o’clock and 30 minutes counter located at 3 o’clock. The clean classy aspect of the models is, furthermore completed by an elegant black crocodile leather strap fitted with calfskin for an ultimate sensation of comfort, it also features a sapphire crystal case-back which reveals the operating mechanism; it ensures a 30-meters water resistance and comes for a price of approximately $176,000.00.

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