Insider: Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot. Hands-on with this Futuristic Piece of 'Haute Horlogerie'.

Absolute transparency ensuring unobstructed views of cutting-edge Zenith mechanics: the Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot offers a futuristic take on 'Haute Horlogerie'. Its powerful design and innovative materials reveal an unprecedented ‘engine’ —El Primero Calibre 4805— combining two iconic complications from the Manufacture: the tourbillon and a fusée and chain transmission system. This new watch is issued in a 150-piece limited edition each in 18K rose gold or matte black ceramic, this sophisticated watch fully reveals the contemporary architecture of its high-frequency heart. The Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot flaunts its mechanism in an entirely transparent manner.

Its virile case houses a new El Primero movement equipped with a tourbillon as well as a fusée and chain transmission system. These two horological complications, both specialties of the brand are united for the first time in a Zenith high-frequency movement. The dial-free manual wound El Primero Calibre 4805 provides a perfect picture of its magnificent mechanisms and its powerful architecture. An authentic technical and aesthetic feat stemming from a lengthy process of research and design affording an unprecedented view of the movement structure.

The dial layout features the fusee and chain system at 12 o'clock, a tourbillon at 6 o'clock and a power reserve indicator between 3 and 5 o'clock. The fusee and chain transmission system alone, provide an endless repertoire of visual enticement that gets further elevated by its tourbillon.

The 18K rose gold case measures 45 mm in diameter and is perfectly finished with highly polished and satin brushed surfaces. The case is robust and very masculine looking, perfectly designed to house this prowess of 'haute horlogerie'.

The Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot is powered by the new high-frequency El Primero Calibre 4805, entirely developed and produced in-house by Zenith. While its famous name and its fast cadence of 36,000 vph recall the legendary chronograph created by Zenith in 1969, this fully new movement also features a majestic tourbillon coupled with a fusée and chain transmission system linked to the barrel so as to ensure constant force. The movement measuring 37 mm in diameter, is composed of 807 parts and 32 jewels and provides a power reserve of 50 hours.

The Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot is water resistant to 50 meters and equipped with a matte brown alligator strap with double-folding clasp.

On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size and quite comfortably. If you want one of the most impressive timepieces out there with unparalleled wrist presence look no further. The new Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot is a watch that brings the best from this manufacture in a truly remarkable way, considering the low price tag of this new watch.

Sticker Price $86,500 USD. For more info on Zenith click here.