We first introduced you to the stunning Zenith Christophe Colomb watch way back in 2010; since then, Zenith has released a few versions of the watches that I somehow missed. Today I bring you yet another version of the watch, called the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane.
Like the original Christophe Colomb, the Hurricane features the big bubble placed at the 6 o’clock position that is home to the gyroscope-balanced regulator. The gyroscope module keeps the movement upright, no matter what angle the watch is placed at, which supposedly makes the watch more accurate.
The dial on this new limited edition watch is partially skeletonized and features a sub-dial at the top for the hours and minutes, a sub-dial for seconds on the left (9 o’clock), and the power reserve indicator on the right (around the 4 o’clock position). The 45 mm case is finished in rose gold with AR coated sapphire crystal and is attached to a brown alligator leather strap with 18k rose gold triple folding clasp.
Another neat feature on the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watch is the constant force mechanism (I explained that feature on the Logical One watch) which looks like a bicycle chain and a conical cam; it can be seen on the top part of the dial.
At the heart of this watch is the in-house El Primero 8805 hand-wound mechanical movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The movement consists of 939 parts (that’s a lot for a watch) with 53 jewels and it beats at a very fast pace of 36,000 bph (5 Hertz). The watch is also water resistant to 30 meters, but I somehow doubt it’ll ever get near water.
The Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane watch is limited to 25 pieces and is priced at $280,000 (each, not for all 25).