Watch Review: The Christophe Colomb from Zenith

DEFYING GRAVITY. Finding inspiration from the compasses used by the explorer Christopher Columbus to find the new land, this watch features a similar gyroscopic housing


The Christophe Colomb model from Zenith is certainly eye-catching, thanks to the giant bubble in it’s 6 o’clock which houses an oversized escapement that sits on gimbals which maintain the complex instruments upright orientation no matter what angle the watch is facing (much like the compasses used for navigation by Christoper Columbus). The purpose of this gyroscopic housing is not merely aesthetic, it also increases the accuracy of the watch by negating the effects of gravity, which can create friction between the various components and disturb the amplitude of the balance, causing time to be gained or lost. Available in a 45mm rose or white gold case, the watch dial features a selfregulating gyroscopic module at the 6 o’clock position and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock.

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