Zenith Caliber 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

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Re: Zenith Caliber 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

Post by 3Flushes » June 16th 2022, 2:09am

What a cool collaboration - It's mind boggling that Voutilainen was able to disassemble, refurbish, hand decorate, clean, and lubricate these 70 year old movements, each of which set a record for accuracy, without changing their original calibration. Voutilainen will undoubtedly be recorded in horological history among the venerated ranks of Daniels, Smith, Dufour and sew Fourth.

A good read on the project at ABTW:

https://www.ablogtowatch.com/zenith-deb ... ion-watch/
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Re: Zenith Caliber 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

Post by 3Flushes » June 17th 2022, 4:43pm

The more I see them, the more I want one...

These are incredible pieces of watchmaking history for the heritage of the movements as a marker of the pursuit of isochronism that defined the highest watchmaking traditions of the 50's and 60's and for the work of a contemporary gatekeeper of those practices.

Voutilainen is one of the few of a dying breed of masters of the 32 skills required to 'create' a watch entirely by hand as last codified by the George Daniels Method. There may be only one other watchmaker who could have accomplished the work on the movements (without altering the calibration), dials, and cases, but he has only completed 100 watches over the course of his entire career likely requiring the good Dr. Smith to have had to deliver the finished watches to the forwarding addresses of the buyers on Mars.

...but for the 134 grand.

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Re: Zenith Caliber 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

Post by svaglic » November 15th 2022, 11:29am

I don’t think I’ll be able to get this watch out of my mind. I know I’ll never own it, but it is my dream watch…an unattainable grail. The salmon dial is stunning. This is THE watch in my mind. This may be the only time in my life that I regret not being filthy rich.
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Re: Zenith Caliber 135 Observatoire Limited Edition

Post by koimaster » November 15th 2022, 5:57pm

Beautiful watch but not really sure about the dial color. The movement is superb but for myself I think a light orange as below

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Or this green would be my preference

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With that said, no way I would refuse the watch
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