Zenith celebrates with the Academy Christophe Colomb Felix Baumgartner
Out of this world
On its 2nd anniversary, celebrating the feat of becoming the first watch to break the speed of sound at the entrance of space, Zenith has unveiled a new version of the highly innovative Academy Christophe Colomb tourbillion timepiece – priced at $275,000.
The new watch pays tribute to Felix Baumgartner's historic jump, and depicts the Austrian based-jumper standing on the edge of the capsule of his balloon right before he jumped. With only 10 pieces available, the large turquoise dial represents the Earth, while the upper section shows the Milky Way, made from aventurine.
The case back even has an 18 karat gold power reserve bridge that illustrates the Baumgartner and his capsule looking down on Earth. Zenith also created a gimbal-like system for the accessory, allowing for perfect timekeeping as the the entire escapement is in a horizontal position at all times, regardless of the watch's position.