It really brings exclusive novelty watches to life when you see them for sale. I learn about most new watches that are released, but with such limited numbers, most of them seem unavailable to start with. Even though I can't afford most of the watches, it is nice to seem them for sale once in a while. This will probably not happen at your local watch retail locations, but the good news is that there are great sites online where exotic watches are offered all the time. That is the next best thing to having these at your physical disposal.
Today's exotic is the Zenith Defy Xtreme Zero-G Tourbillon available here on JameList.com. This interesting interpretation of a multi-axis tourbillon does something that is seemingly impossible. It takes a tourbillon carriage and sets it in a free-moving gyroscopic styled housing. Basically the bottom of the tourbillon always points down, no matter than position the watch is in. This is done by having a series of conical shaped regulator gears that follow the movement of the tourbillon escapement as it literally dangles around in the watch.
With the open window into the Zer0-G escapement, the Zenith Zero-G Tourbillon is a pretty thick watch (17mm thick, and 46mm wide). Aggressive styling which is part of the Zenith Defy Xtreme helps frame the character of this serious mechanical marvel. The watch face itself is actually almost a side thought as it is shifted to the top left in order to allow focus to remain on the tourbillon window. Despite the large proportions of the watch, the case and bracelet are done in black PVD titanium. The watch is a wild luxury, with just a few in existence and a world of complexity for complexities sake. You can call it an oddity, or you can smile at how ridiculous it is. Secretly you want to have one. Watches like this are fun to observe. The retail price for this watch when it was new was $500,000. Big bucks! How is this for discounts when you talk about prices like this: on JamesList.com the Zenith Defy Xtreme Zero-G Tourbillon is about $370,00 brand new. That is over $100,000 off retail. Where else can you get discounts at amounts that are more than middle American homes?
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