Zenith: Pioneering Instead Of Adventure

Felix Space Jump Real Scene.

 Jean-Frederic Dufour, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Global

 Felix Baumgartner, Professional Skydiver, Zenith Brand Ambassador

On May 7th, in celebration of the brand ambassador and professional skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s unprecedented space jump last year, Zenith hosted an event called ‘Supersonic Journey’. By recording videos, simulating real scenes, live dialogue, Many details of the space jump were revealed, and the watch was presented at the scene along with Felix’s completion of the mission. This edition is written by / Beijing News reporter Xu Haiyu

A leap in breaking the sound barrier

10On October 14, 2012, professional skydiver Felix Baumgartner leapt from the space stratosphere at an altitude of 38969.4 meters to the earth. This is the first time that humans have broken the sound barrier in a free-fall manner. This crazy feat is broadcast live on TV all over the world. Zenith, as the sponsor of this extraordinary challenge and the exclusive supplier of timepieces, its EL Primero flagship series Somfly Flyback 1/10 Jump Second watch has therefore become the first timepiece to break through the sound barrier in a near-air environment.

This space jump is not only a historic mission, but also a lifelong dream for Felix. Felix experienced a total weightlessness of 25.2 seconds at the beginning of the parachute. He then entered a horizontal rotation phase, at which time the maximum speed was 60 rpm, which caused the 43-year-old professional skydiver to fall into a panic for 13 seconds, but then he stabilized the track with his skilled skydiving skills.

作为 The pioneer’s work

‘Felix is ​​a trailblazer, not an adventurer.’ Jean-Frederic Dufour, President and CEO of Zenith, explained, ‘The real adventure is not knowing what you have done and what the consequences are, it is just a feeling. Now, and the Blazers are the ones who have the ultimate goal and are the first to do it. ‘

In fact, Zenith also encountered challenges in its development, and its history was almost interrupted. The important task of Jean-Frederic Dufour when he was in charge was to find a more accurate and suitable positioning when Zenith. All seemingly risky changes have become pioneers because of clear goals and sufficient preparation.

开拓 This pioneering spirit is rooted in Zeni. Since its establishment, Zenith has participated in human great adventures many times. From Louis Brelio, who first flew over the English Channel in 1909, Norwegian explorer Roald A. Monson who discovered Antarctica in 1911, and Felix Bogatner in 2012. At the same time, Zenith has also made continuous breakthroughs in watchmaking. The legendary precision movement EL Primero, which was successfully developed in 1969, is the representative of this area. This time Felix jointly completed the challenge to carry the first 1/10. EL Primero automatic chronograph with seconds-to-second display. It is worth mentioning that this watch is not specially customized for this jump. Each EL Primero automatic chronograph on sale at the counter has the sturdiness and stability that can break through the sound barrier.

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Estimated price: USD 200,000-300,000
Including commission: USD 234,000 (about RMB 1,597,681)
[Circa 2007]
Overall description: The case diameter is 43 mm and the thickness is 13 mm. No. 678796, case No. F 94174, sold in 2008, large case, waterproof, minute repeater, platinum case, one-minute tourbillon, round timing button, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, love The Phi platinum concealed buckle comes with a box, a reissue certificate and a practical instruction booklet.
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