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Zenith pays tribute to Christopher Columbus

Luxury watch brand Zenith is marking its 150th birthday with a new version of its Christopher Columbus range of timepieces.

Mar 19, 2015 | By AFPRelaxnews

Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II

Swiss luxury watch brand  is celebrating its 150th anniversary in style by unveiling the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II, a timepiece combining technical prowess with artistic mastery.

This tribute to the legendary Italian explorer will be presented at Baselworld 2015, which opens March 19.

A miniature fresco

The artwork on the back of the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II by Zenith.

The back side of the watch is decorated with an impressive bas relief sculpture representing Christopher Columbus’s voyage of 1492.

Attached to the movement through a gold appliqué system, this colorful miniature fresco features several references to the explorer’s journey to the Americas.

Christopher Columbus carries the flag of the Spanish monarchy opposite two natives surrounded by palm trees and a parrot, while the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria are seen on the horizon. Every detail is hand engraved and hand painted, making each piece unique.

Greater precision through technical expertise

Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II by Zenith

This extraordinary artistic craftsmanship is complemented by Zenith’s equally impressive technical mastery.

The new timepiece offers mechanical elements calibrated for optimal precision, including a fusée and chain constant force mechanism and Zenith’s patented Gravity Control system, which counters the effects of the Earth’s gravity to keep the escapement level at all times.

There is also a power reserve indicator for the hand-wound movement, which has a reserve of up to 50 hours.

Produced in a limited edition of just 10 units, the new watch comes in a luxurious mahogany box.

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