HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mechanical Watches of the Year, Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot

By | November 28, 2017

Only a few companies in Switzerland are able to produce silicon parts. The tools needed for this task are extremely expensive, which comprises the labour needed to run and program them. Most Zenith Watches Mumbai manufacturers that use silicon components don’t make the components themselves. Is presently a time to begin given clear levels of increased need? Note again that investments by lookout manufacturers into acoustic technologies in traditional watchmaking was going on for well over ten years. Though, little of the technology has trickled down to what we could call “cheap” timepieces. Jean-Claude Biver said watch manufacturers won’t produce their own silicon components till they may also make parts for different businesses in different industries.Biver’s vision for relevancy by watch makers in the future includes the bold but practical notion that watch manufacturers need to utilize their skills to create parts for other companies like the ones that create medical equipment or robotics. If the silicon part-making arm using a watch maker only needs 30% of the capacity of its outputsignal, then it is just feasible to do business if another 70% of the output signal is used to market products others can purchase. Biver feels there are loads of applications watch manufacturers can flourish in being successful at functioning, which could help them make money allowing them the luxury to keep making mechanical watches around the side.

Zenith’s founder, Georges Favre-Jacot, had a restless mind that pushed the company to innovate and experiment when it opened its manufacturing facility in 1865.

This drive for innovation can take the company in unhelpful directions that distract from its technical and creative excellence.

But a new El Primero Calibre 4805 movement combining tourbillon and a fusée and chain transmission system deserves a positive reception from Zenith fans.

It is used in the limited edition Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot, which has no dial, but instead builds the face using bridges between the key organs of the movement.

150 pieces are being made of the muscular 45mm ceramic watch whose darkness is designed to draw the eye towards the three key elements: the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, the train transmission at 2 o’clock and the fusée at 10 o’clock.

A power reserve display that measures up to 50 hours is almost invisible between the transmission and the tourbillon.

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