Tid er fortsatt penger

Mye penger.

Er det mulig å ha suksess i klokkeindustrien hvis ikke du er ko-ko (i overført betydning) og har adresse i Sveits? Tja, er det mulig å bli pave hvis du er protestant?

LES OGSÅ:

Zenith er veldig sveitsisk, og lager stort sett klokker der prislappen har så mange nuller at det ser ut som "0"-tasten har hengt seg opp på tastaturet. Deres siste mesterverk i Defy Xtreme-serien er intet unntak.

For 350 000 Euro, eller 2.7 millioner kroner, kan Defy Xtreme Tourbillon ZERO-G El Primero bli din, som i praksis vil bankens sin, siden de ordnet lånet.

Som de to siste ordene antyder er El Primero, som betyr noe sånt som den viktigste på norsk, klokkeprodusentens aller ypperste, og det sier litt når vi vet at Zenith har laget klokker siden 1865.

El Primero tilhører den såkalte tourbillon-kategorien, en mekanisme som sørger for at urverkets presisjon ikke forstyrres av gravitasjonen eller andre ytre forstyrrelser. De observante vil se at akkurat denne modellen har ZERO-G i modellbetegnelsen. Det betyr ikke at klokka opphever tyngdekraften, men at tourbillon-delen har blitt videretutviklet.

Nøyaktig hva som skjer er så intrikat og klokketeknisk at vi lar de spesielt interesserte få lese mer om mekanismen her.

Ellers kan det være

http://www.zenith-watches.com/img/4_news-events/4_4_corner/pics/big_72_11.jpg

350 000 Euro

http://www.zenith-watches.com/scripts/getpage.asp?pageid=2&LangID=0&newsid=1

Defy Xtreme Tourbillon ZERO-G El Primero

Finding the system that will do for wrist watches what the Tourbillon did for pocket watches is one of the great challenges of the 21st Century. Since the beginning, the best watchmakers have tried to defy the effects of gravity, that sworn enemy of accuracy. In a veritable technical revolution, ZENITH Manufacture has devised the Zero-G system, in other words zero gravity! The gyroscope cage Tourbillon comprises an escapement mounted on cardan joints rather like marine chronometers. The instrument, which is sensitive to changes of position, is kept in a constant horizontal position, thereby ensuring optimal amplitude for the spiral balance-wheel. Coordination is provided by an invention patented by ZENITH: a second gear train is the reference point for the swinging of the escapement axles and a differential gear with inverter compensates all the relative movements of the framework. The Zero-G Tourbillon, whose cage alone comprises 166 of the 294 parts that make up the device, 10 conical geared wheels with spiral teeth and 6 ball-bearings, was developed from the El Primero automatic caliber that beats at the record speed of 36,000 vibrations an hour.

Bringing the Tourbillon Zero G and the Defy Xtreme range together produces an unforeseen design, a perfect alchemy of engine and bodywork. A figure 8 on its side, symbolising infinity or a lucky number, is drawn around the hours and minutes display at 11 o’clock and around the opening of the phenomenal Tourbillon at 5 o’clock. A multi-layered dial of Hesalite glass, carbon fibre and aluminium beneath two sapphire glasses, a blackened titanium case that is waterproof at 1000 meters, a black shot-peened titanium case, a protected crown, helium valve and titanium bracelet with Kevlar inserts and high-temperature resistance are the features that make this an extreme sports timepiece.