venerdì 22 aprile 2016

A 115-year-old watch

Last night I gave a talk about this pocket chronometer especially made for the 1901 Swiss Federal Shooting Festival, held in Luzern. The manufacturer was Georges Favre-Jacot & Cie., a company founded in 1867 that would shortly go on to adopt the name of its high-end timekeepers - Zenith. The silver case is etched with decorative motifs inspired by the event.

The movement is an improved version of the Caliber 19-278B, officially certified by the Le Locle testing Agency.

What makes this watch particularly interesting is the abundant documentation available - the original guarantee and Agency certificates, as well as the envelope containing them and the presentation box.

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