Academy Minute Repeater
At Zenith, mechanics can also spell acoustics. Through the striking of the hours, quarter-hours and minutes, or the ringing of an alarm, time can be lived to the tune of music. On demand, the two hammers of the minute repeater sound the time in the form of a gentle melody. The first hammer sounds the hours (from 1 to 12) on a low-pitched gong; the quarters (1 to 3) are played by the two hammers striking two gongs – one low-pitched and the other high-pitched – while the minutes (1 to 14) are struck by the second hammer on a high-pitched gong.
ON DEMAND, THE TWO HAMMERS OF THE MINUTE REPEATER SOUND THE TIME IN THE FORM OF A GENTLE MELODY
With its El Primero minute repeater caliber, Zenith not only introduced one of the most demanding horological complications, but also imposed its own codes. The Manufacture created and patented an unprecedented system based on a single rack for the three striking modes. It was no easy task to combine a minute repeater with an automatic chronograph within a high-frequency movement beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour and endowed with a 50-hour power reserve.
The Pilot Doublematic alarm function
Caliber El Primero 4043
The pure, intense, crystal-clear music of this melodious composition hits exactly the right notes, while its so-called “surprise” device ensures that the time is struck with accuracy to the second.
To give your mornings a more civilized start or provide an audible reminder of an appointment, the Manufacture Zenith has developed another complication: the alarm.
To give your mornings a more civilized start, Zenith has developed another complication: the alarm
Also featuring a chronograph duly operating at a high frequency, the caliber is equipped with two barrels: one dedicated to time measurement and the other to the alarm. The progress of the latter is reflected on a dedicated power-reserve indicator, while a dial aperture shows confirmation that the alarm is indeed activated.