The Christophe Colomb is the flagship collection within Zenith’s limited-edition, highly complicated Academy range. Development in the Christophe Colomb concept began at the turn of the century. As Yves Corthesy says, the Christophe Colomb was the outcome of a new, modern attempt to solve the ‘gravity’ problem. How to design a watch of the highest precision that is resistant to the directional impact of gravity on the watch mechanism? Five years later, the Christophe Colomb was born.

Zenith’s solution achieved three things: technical excellence, design simplicity and visual elegance. The holy trinity of modern, high-complication watchmaking. The killer app, as it were, of the watch was what Zenith calls the ‘Gravity Control’, a self-regulating gyroscopic module housed inside a glass bubble that maintains the constant position of the regulator and the balance. It might seem like an unwieldy idea. But in the hands of Zenith’s expert watchmakers the entire assembly was designed and finished in such a way that it sat elegantly on the wrist.

Currently Zenith makes three models within the Christophe Colomb concept. Mint Indulge presents brief profiles:

Functions:

Hours and minutes ex-centred at 12 o’clock

Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock

Equation of Time display at 9 o’clock

Power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock

Solar analemma curve indicating Equation of Time synchronized with the Gregorian Calendar

Movement: El Primero 8808, Manual

Components: 359

Functions:

Hours and minutes excentred at 12 o’clock

Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock

Small-seconds display at 9 o’clock

Power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock

Movement: El Primero 8804, manual

Components: 308

Functions:

Hours and minutes ex-centred at 12 o’clock

Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock

Small-seconds display at 9 o’clock

Power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock

Fusée chain transmission under the hours/minutes dial

Movement: El Primero 8805, manual

Components: 354

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