Counting the number of parts of this stunning timepiece’s movement takes forever! Called Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, the watch boasts a total of 939 components for the incredibly intricate inner mechanism. It is basically an upgraded version of the Zenith Christophe Colomb piece, featuring a fusée and chain constant force mechanism, and an in-house Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock.
The first of the two special complications features a delicate chain with 585 parts, which connects the barrel and the fusée, thus ensuring excellent accuracy and constant force. Then there is another very interesting feature about this watch that simply can’t pass unnoticed: the 6-mm crystal dome and the Gravity Control module that it protects.
For this last feature, the watchmaker was inspired by the 16th century three-dimensional suspension systems that was used on sea to negate the effect of gravity and waves on chronometers. Consequently, what you can see under the dome is a miniature 3D suspension system with a beautiful miniature globe design, to mark the “Christophe Colomb” character of the watch.
Since horizontal balance is a very consistent and accurate one, the balance wheel is intentionally kept in an horizontal position no matter how the wearer turns his wrist. This complication comprises 173 parts, which makes us respect watchmakers even more! The level of precision, talent, and accuracy they boast is simply amazing. Just like this gorgeous timepiece by Zenith.