Zenith creates tribute timepiece to Rolling Stones in time for London exhibition

Zenith has created a limited edition tribute watch to the Rolling Stones in the week that the band opens a unique exhibition into its history at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

The Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute to The Rolling Stones watch was actually unveiled last month to coincide with the group’s first concert in Cuba, but is a fitting horological celebration for a band that has always had time on its side during its six decades in rock.

Zenith has been an official partner with the band since 2014.

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Only five pieces, priced at $243,700 (£168,000) have been created of the watch, which has a 45 mm-diameter rose gold case has a dial featuring the Rolling Stones licking tongue logo and Union Jack flag.

Hand-engraved Roman numerals mark the quarter-hours on the offset time display at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds tick by at 9 o’clock at the centre of the intersecting, overlaid crosses on the Union Jack flag.

It is powered by a manual winding El Primero Calibre 8804 comprising 308 parts of which 171 are devoted to the gyroscopic module at 6 o’clock.

Tech specs:

MOVEMENT: Movement El Primero 8804, Manual Calibre 16½“` (Diameter: 37 mm)
Movement thickness 5.85 mm
Components 308
Components 2 Gyroscopic carriage made of 171 components Jewels 45
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve min. 50 hours
Finishes Titanium parts

FUNCTIONS: Small seconds at 9 o’clock Hours and minutes excentred at 12 o’clock Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock Power-reserve indication at 3 o’clock

CASE, DIAL & HANDS Diameter 45 mm
Diameter opening 38.60 mm
Thickness 14.35 mm / 21.40 mm (with domed sapphire crystal)
Crystal Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back Transparent sapphire crystal
Material Rose gold
Water-resistance 3 ATM
Dial Enamelled & micro-painted
Hour-markers Gold-plated, applied
Hands Gold-plated and faceted [Hands]

STRAPS & BUCKLES: Brown alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining
Rose gold triple folding clasp
Buckle optional

Reference: 18.2213.8804/55.C713
Limited Edition of 5 units

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