Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot

A watch made of 797 components, 575 of which are needed to make the fusée and (18cm) chain transmission of the highly complicated movement. We’re talking about a strictly limited and expensive birthday watch. Birthday as in ‘anniversary piece’, not ‘present’.

Zenith was established in Le Locle 150 years ago by passionate watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot, who, among other things, build a system consisting of a fusée and minuscule chain. In the ship’s chronometers of that time this transmission mechanism provided highly accurate functioning because it enabled a consistent supply of power from the main spring. In the 150th anniversary model, the Zenith Academy Favre-Jacot, that mechanism has been made even smaller to fit it into a 45mm watch. The result is astonishing. The price won’t be mentioned on this birthday. That is just not done.

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Lex Stolk

The author Lex Stolk

Lex Stolk studied Journalism in Utrecht and it was during his time as a student he developed a passion for mechanical watches. He has spent his entire career in the publishing industry working for a wide range of publications before entering the watch world professionally seven years ago. His work for several watch publications made it possible for him to combine his love for both watches and magazines.