ZENITH’s turning focus, one of the most amazing movements is almost obsessed with the fear of precision, symbolizing the 100th birthday of Mr. Ephrem Jobin, the master of ZENITH watchmaking in the past. Anniversary; derived from the company’s determination to the market, in order to create a more accurate and reliable movement, in late November 2009, ZENITH’s own stock movement Cal, 135 was launched. This is a tradition derived from ZENITH in 1865 When the brand was established, it was realized in the watch with the very precise pocket watch movement design concept in the past.
In order to compete for precise watchmaking technology between brands, ZENITH launched Cal, 135 in 1948; this movement, with its innovative and advanced technical features, allowed it to win many well-known Neuchâtel Observatory chronometry awards. prizes), which lasted for five consecutive years from 1950 to 1954-setting a prize record at the time. Cal, 135 at that time also received about 200 honorary awards and two thirds of the observatory’s first prize of the year and 5 series of honors.
In order to celebrate the 100th birthday of EPHEM Jobin, the designer of ZENITH’s royal movement, ZENITH specially created a classic watch limited to 100 for this honorable old employee, and presented the 100 watch to Ephrem Jobin—
Movement: Elite 689 self-winding movement, certified by the Swiss Observatory COSC
Case: Rose gold case
Mirror: Sapphire Crystal
Hands: Rose gold-plated hands and hour markers
Strap: Brown alligator strap
Mr. Ephrem Jobin was born in 1909. This is undoubtedly the oldest watchmaker in the world, in the strategic time of the highest state of brand development. During this period, he was responsible for the development of three complete Calibre from 1939 to 1954, including the legendary Calibre 135.
At that time, he quickly mastered the important production procedures and the basis of assembly, supervised the entire development project in one hand, and produced the movement from the international perspective. In 1946, the invention of ‘Calibre.30mm’ was able to meet the specifications required by the Neuchatel Observatory; he began to conceive and develop a design required by the Observatory in accordance with established standards so that it could achieve the best measurement operation.
The secret to the success of Mr. Ephrem Jobin is that Cal, 135 uses a large barrel to increase its energy reserve, and an oversized balance wheel, the most important of which is the adjustment mechanism. Precision plays a key role. This technique is called a complete rethinking of the movement design, which includes offsetting the minutes from the center axis of the wheel to provide a space-balanced balance.
Observatory competition version This legendary movement (Calibre 135) is equipped with a Breguet overcoil balance spring, as well as single or double arrow-shaped index or regulation to ensure balanced friction, allowing optimal adjustment. In addition, in addition to its participation in the Observatory’s competition, Calibre, 135 has also developed a commercial version of the watch. All Calibre, 135 watches sold are chronometer-certified and given a grade certificate.
1940’s ~ 1950’s At that time
This precision movement Calibre, 135 has limited production and is reserved exclusively for top watch collections. The full inventory is only 11,000 pcs, which means that the watch equipped with this movement is still a collector item that connoisseurs and collectors are extremely coveted.
At the time, professional media described the movement as ‘one of the best wristwatch movement in watchmaking history’. It was undoubtedly still worthy of its extraordinary performance and amazing modernization. Construction. This exquisite aesthetic exacerbates the classic design and precision caliber, vividly evoking the highest realm of pure classicism watches.
On the example of the history and praise of Calibre135, the history and knowledge of timepieces are vividly reflected in the eyes of the world. This is the watch manufacturer ZENITH and the outstanding centenarian Efrem Chopin (Mr. Ephrem Jobin).
ZENITH decided to commemorate this fiftieth anniversary by publishing a special limited edition of 100 watches, with the personal honor of Mr. Ephrem Jobin, and proposed and issued a limited edition of 100 models. Birthday is a new milestone. This model will strongly convey the history and development of the brand that thanked Mr. Qiao Bin of Zenith for his personal contributions.