To mark Zenith’s 150th anniversary, the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot offers a compendium of the skills exercised within the Manufacture. More than a mere tribute, this haute horlogerie model testifies to a profound respect for the spirit of the founder without whom nothing would have ever have taken shape.

On the technical side, the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot houses a high-frequency hand-wound El Primero 4810 movement. Occupying the entire lower right-hand side of the dial, the power-reserve display between 4 and 5 o’clock topped by the inscriptions “Force constante” and “High frequency”, gives an immediate indication of the movement’s. To its left, the small seconds subdial between 7 and 8 o’clock bears the logo of the Manufacture with the guiding star

But the feature that immediately catches the eye is the upper dial opening revealing the fusée and chain transmission, with the barrel between 10 and 11 o’clock and the fusée around which the chain wraps itself located between 1 and 2 o’clock. While the movement takes more than 50 hours to unwind, a few seconds of winding via the stem are enough to see the fusée and barrel turning counter-clockwise to the running direction in order for the chain to once again wrap around the fusée. Two bridges screwed to the mainplate support the arbors of the fusée and barrel, giving the watch the look of a late 19th century architectural accomplishment. The barrel is engraved with the inscriptions Zenith/Manufacture Le Locle.

 

The Academy Georges Favre-Jacot. © Zenith

 

The technical sophistication of the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot is teamed with an aesthetic approach to its exterior, combining modern lines, while evoking the brand’s glorious past. The 18-carat rose gold case, along with the brown alligator leather strap
contribute to its noble bearing.

The Academy Georges Favre-Jacot is issued on this exceptional occasion in a 150-piece limited edition.