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

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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.

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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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