To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brand’s founding, Zenith has specially launched the distinguished series of GFJ commemorative watches, limited to 150 pieces. GFJ is the initials of Mr. Georges-Favre Jacot, the founder of Zenith. The time-honored classic design of this watch is amazing, and it fully reflects the value standards of the pursuit of aesthetics and complex craftsmanship. The legendary high-frequency star speed movement and the sesame chain transmission perfectly combine to create the ultimate precision, once again showing Zenith Watch Factory excels in watchmaking. This masterpiece of haute horlogerie is not only a tribute, but also a tribute to the brand’s founder, Mr. Georges Favor Jecot, for his innovation and dedication.
Essence of Time: Craftsmanship spanning a century and a half
Since its establishment in 1865, Zenith Watch has always adhered to the courage to innovate and unique craftsmanship. Miao Li has created pleasing works and accomplished his mission with unremitting perseverance. Over the past 150 years, Zenith has witnessed its unparalleled importance with outstanding achievements, and has continued to inherit the superb craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation with innovative timepieces. The brand spirit of ‘Orthodox, Fearless and Pleasant’ is more like an apocalypse, passed down from generation to generation in this century and a half, pointing the way for watchmakers in the watch factory to work hard. Thanks to their unremitting efforts, Zenith has won numerous historical records: 300 patents, 600 movements, 2,333 awards in the field of timekeeping, and enjoys the reputation of a true top watchmaking expert. Behind this series of figures representing honor is such a spokesperson of dreams and destiny-Mr. Georges-Favre Jacot, founder of Zenith.
150 years ago, in the Rockock area, the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry, the founder of Zenith watch factory, Mr. Georges Favre Jecot, decided to consolidate all types of work in the watchmaking field under one roof, creating a history The first true watchmaking factory. With the passage of a century and a half, this watchmaking workshop gradually expanded its territory around the world with its exquisite craftsmanship, and the watchmaking factory has always been in place and has never moved. Mr. Georges Favor Jecot’s forward-looking concept transformed the watchmaking industry in the 19th century, breaking out of the cocoon, and becoming a dazzling and beautiful butterfly. In order to focus on the design and precision of each component, Zenith has used its extraordinary pioneering spirit to develop the first integrated automatic chronograph movement in the history, El Primero Star Speed, and its precise legendary status remains unshakable. This miracle of complex functions in the watchmaking world has led Zenisse from Le Locle to the world, and has completely established Zenith’s development direction, that is, accurate time measurement performance.
Extreme precision: the perfect fusion of legendary star speed and sesame chain transmission
The distinguished series GFJ commemorative watch is equipped with the El Primero 4810 high-speed manual-winding movement, which beats 36,000 times per hour. Even today, its accuracy has become the industry benchmark, and its legendary status cannot be shaken. This extraordinary movement consists of a total of 939 components, including 222 components and 575 sesame chain components. The power reserve display occupies the lower half of the dial at 4:30. The words ‘Force constante’ and ‘High Frequency’ pay tribute to the precise quality of the movement. At 7:30, the small seconds dial and the pentagram icon of the watch factory contrast each other.
Through the happy design of the upper part of the dial, the sesame chain transmission device at 10:30 and 1:30 is fully displayed. The chain rotates around the pagoda wheel. This ingenious design turns the sesame chain structure itself into the vision of the entire watch. The elements are quite new and bright. With the spiral shape of the pagoda wheel, the device keeps the watch’s power perfectly balanced even when the mainspring is fully loosened. This chain is made up of 575 parts and has a length of 18 cm, which ensures normal transmission between the mainspring and the pagoda wheel. The link structure is composed of double links and intermediate links, and builds a very precise and complex structure. After winding, the chain can withstand more than three kilograms of traction. During the entire power reserve process (at least 50 hours), the power spring can transmit power to the pagoda wheel through a chain wound around the barrel. The Pagoda Wheel obtains balanced power by correcting tension errors and distributes it to the gear set and the silicon escape wheel. Pagoda wheels are small in size and exquisite in shape. They are the result of a series of precise calculations, which can ensure that the overall device runs perfectly in seven major links.
Prestige GFJ Memorial Watch
The watch has a power reserve of 50 hours, during which the chain is wound around the mainspring. It takes only a few seconds to manually wind through the crown. The pagoda wheel and the mainspring rotate in the opposite direction of the movement so that the chain is wound around the pagoda wheel. Two splints are fixed to the base plate to support the pagoda wheel and the mainspring shaft. This design gives the watch a 19th century classicist architectural style. The clockwork is engraved with Zenith / Lelock watches.
The watch factory brings together its most skilled watchmakers. They worked together to create this precise piece, limited to 150 pieces. The distinguished series ‘Georges Favre Jecott’ commemorative watch not only embodies ingenious watchmaking technology, but also its unique aesthetic appearance. The smooth lines and perfect proportions are combined to show the brand’s infinite glory. The case is made of 18K rose gold with a brown alligator leather strap, these are the classic elements of the brand. The delicate bezel surrounds the silver grained dial, which reflects a purely traditional watchmaking style. The hour and minute hands are treated with blue steel, and the seven hour markers are also plated and faceted.
Perfect constant power with sesame chain drive system
Time decides everything and surpasses everything. Zenith adheres to the tradition with the brand spirit of ‘Orthodox, Fearless and Pleasant’ and creates a 150-year history of brilliant watchmaking. The essence of the years, the precise skills and painstaking efforts to create every detail and technological breakthrough, so that the watch exudes its unique appeal. This has not changed since 1865, and it is also a testimony of the star of Zenith Causes of fine watchmaking sky. Today, spanning a century and a half, Zenith will write the most brilliant chapter in the history of watchmaking with its outstanding timekeeping function. Its legendary road in the time corridor will never stop.
Zenith Prestige GFJ Memorial Watch
· Sesame chain transmission connected to the spring to ensure balanced power
· 939 components, including 222 components of the movement, 575 components of the sesame chain
· Swiss official observatory COSC certified movement
Limited edition of 150 pieces
El Primero 4810 manual winding movement
Movement: 16½ ‘‘‘(diameter: 37 mm)
Thickness: 5.90 mm
Number of components: 222 (+ 575 components on sesame chain)
Number of jewels: 30
Vibration frequency: 36000 times / hour (5 Hz)
Power reserve: at least 50 hours
Hour and minute display
Sesame chain drive connected to the mainspring
Small seconds at 7:30
Power reserve indicator at 4:30
Case, dial and hands
Material: 18K rose gold
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 14.35 mm
Crystal glass: curved double-sided anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bar
Dial: Silver grain
Time scale: Gold-plated rhodium metal, faceted
Hands: blue steel faceted
Strap and buckle
Brown alligator strap with protective rubber lining
18K Rose Gold Tri-Fold Clasp