ZENITH CALIBRE 135-O Unique Piece watch, reference 13.1350.135/35.C100 / diameter 38mm, niobium metal case / time indicator, small seconds / Calibre 135 manual winding movement, power reserve 40 hours / sapphire crystal , transparent bottom cover / waterproof 30 meters.
At the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction XVI, Zenith and Phillips launched the Zenith Calibre 135-O Unique Piece watch in collaboration with Bacs & Russo and independent watchmaker and restorer Kari Voutilainen. Equipped with a historic, award-winning chronometer movement, this exceptional piece features a niobium case and a salmon-colored guilloché dial, all of which will be donated to the Susan G. Komen® Foundation.
When Zenith and Voutilainen and Phillips launched the limited-edition Calibre 135-O platinum watch in the summer of 2022, it immediately caught the attention of discerning collectors and resonated widely. This is the first time that Zenith has put the award-winning movement of the golden age of chronometer competitions on public sale. Zenith and the brand’s heritage department have entrusted the renowned watchmaker Kari Voutilainen with the task of restoring a batch of Calibre 135-O movements and adding beautiful hand-embellishments to the best of his ability. These movements are invaluable. The Calibre 135-O Unique Piece is the 11th watch to be equipped with a movement in this series, and is distinguished by the only watch with a niobium case, a salmon-coloured guilloché dial, and Equipped with rose gold movement.
The auction of this one-of-a-kind watch by Phillips also marks a successful end to Zenith’s active support for the “International Breast Cancer Awareness Month” campaign this month. Prior to this, Zenith fake released the Chronomaster Original Pink watch, and donated a portion of the sales proceeds to the Susan G. Komen® Foundation and the MEET THE DREAMHERS theme event in Singapore to honor the brand’s support for the fight against breast cancer, the first A solemn commitment from the Frontline Breast Cancer Foundation.
Regarding the auction of this unique piece and Zenith’s full support of the Susan G. Komen® Foundation, Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith, said: “Being able to collaborate again with Phillips and Kari Voutilainen is a great opportunity for a company we care deeply about. It is an honor for me to create something extraordinary for philanthropy. The Calibre 135-O Unique Piece is not only a highly retouched and priceless piece in Zenith history, it is our continued partnership with the Susan G. Komen® Foundation A symbol of determination and commitment to join hands in the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from the auction of the Calibre 135-O Unique Piece watch will be donated directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and we are very honored to continue to support the foundation’s activities in the future. I My sincere thanks to Phillips, Kari Voutilainen, and everyone who bid on this watch for their good deeds.”
Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant at Bacs & Russo, and Alexandre Ghotbi, Head of Watches for Continental Europe and the Middle East, said: “It is possible to continue our journey with Zenith and Kari Voutilainen with the launch of the 11th Calibre 135-O Unique Piece watch. , we are very proud. This timepiece features a unique niobium metal case and an attractive salmon-colored dial, with movement finishes echoing the dial color. This project has been a testament to the friendship between the three parties from the very beginning; Doing good deeds is a really good way to end this journey.”
Kari Voutilainen added: “The Zenith Calibre 135-O Unique Piece, with its stunning salmon-coloured dial, has a unique history behind it, with a unique case and dial that will be unique now and in the future. , incomparable.”
The movement chosen for this unique rarity stems from the “winning streak” era of 1950-1954, when the Calibre 135-O won the Neuchâtel Observatory’s precision timekeeping competition for five consecutive years without any success. Humans can match. The movement was carefully prepared and improved by Zenith’s chronometer laboratory (Laboratoire de Chronométrie) for a whole year, and it was adjusted by chronometer experts. This movement has won the first prize and was adjusted by Zenith chronometer masters Charles Fleck and René Gygax. These two master watchmakers have devoted themselves to the development of award-winning movements for many years, cementing Zenith’s reputation as a pioneer in precision timekeeping.
The Calibre 135-O Unique Piece is a one-of-a-kind watch with historical significance. Inspired by many classic masterpieces of the 1950s, it combines characteristic details with a modern approach. The 38mm diameter round case is made of niobium metal, which is also a special metal used by Zenith for the first time, and is equipped with tapered lugs, which fit seamlessly with the case under the bezel, and are embellished with modern Zenith Zenith. Oversized fluted crown with star logo.
Beneath the sapphire mirror, the slightly raised salmon-coloured sterling silver dial reveals a guilloché, a guilloché made by Kari Voutilainen’s Comblémine atelier. Triangular hour-markers and applied polished-dot hour-markers combine quaint style with modern luxury. The small seconds dial at 6 o’clock is engraved with the movement serial number, paying homage to the chronometers of the past. The word “Neuchâtel” on the bottom of the dial is a subtle reference to the location of the historical observatories where Zenith, Kari Voutilainen and Calibre 135-O movements participated and won prizes in the golden age of chronometric competitions. Neuchatel, Switzerland.
It is also the first time ever that the Calibre 135 Chronometer Competitor Calibre is in striking 5N rose gold, decorated and embellished by Kari Voutilainen, clearly visible through the case back. fake watches for sale
For such a rare piece of historical significance, all the details, including the box packaging, cannot be ignored. The Calibre 135-O Unique Piece is packaged in a walnut case with brass firmware, inspired by the container that housed the chronometer’s winning calibre, and was shipped from the Zenith Manufacture to the Neuchâtel Observatory. These movements are placed in a leather box shaped like a book, which contains the watch and the original antique wooden box used to transport the movement.
Unlike previous commercially sold versions equipped with Calibre 135, this 135-O version was made for competition and has never been carried in any pocket watch or wristwatch before, so it is suitable to be packaged in a wooden box but. Taking inspiration from the original antique wooden box, Zenith has recreated a larger wooden box to house this Calibre 135 Observatoire Unique Piece watch.