Zenith Defy Lab, Dubs It the “World’s Most Accurate Mechanical Watch”
Zenith, the Swiss watchmaker established in Le Locle in 1865 and now possessed by LVMH, has quite recently revealed another watch called the Defy Lab which is claims is the most accurate mechanical watch on the planet. A strong statement in fact, and one that will undoubtedly be taken a gander at askance by more costly Swiss brands. What Zenith says they’ve done is basically toss out the balance spring principle which has been the exemplification of mechanical watchmaking since British physicist Robert Hooke came up with the idea around 1660, and Dutch researcher Christiaan Huygens constructed a working watch based upon it several years later. With the Defy Lab Zenith has created another single-piece oscillator made of monocrystalline silicon, the base material for silicon chips, which takes the place of the 30-odd components of a balance spring framework. It is also multiple times more slender at simply 0.5 mm.
Zenith Defy Lab’s Watch
To put it in context and drop science, the Defy Lab’s development beats at 15 Hertz, with an amplitude of +/ – 6 degrees, and features a 60-hour power hold, over 10% increase over Zenith’s famous El Primero. The ultra-high recurrence – multiple times more than the El Primero – makes it multiple times more accurate, Zenith says. It’s precision rate of simply 0.3 seconds out of every day far surpassed the standards for COSC chronometer certification, and it can maintain its precision for 95% of its force save, an equally impressive feat. While the new Defy Lab development is somewhat bizarre looking, and certainly not as elegant as a classical balance spring motor, it has different advantages including no requirement for lubrication, ultra-high resistance to variations in temperature, gravity and magnetic fields; on this last point the watch surpasses ISO-764 magnetic criteria, meaning it can withstand 1,100 Gauss.
Zenith is launching 10 gatherer’s release renditions of the Defy Lab to start, and all have already been pre-sold. The 44 mm case of the Defy Lab is also a departure from the standard, being the first to be made from Aeronith, which Zenith says is the world’s lightest aluminum composite. The brand created it utilizing a proprietary “cutting edge process” and says it is 2.7 occasions lighter than titanium, 1.7 occasions lighter than aluminum and 10% lighter than carbon fiber. Zenith credits Guy Sémon, CEO of the LVMH Watch Division’s R&D Institute, with assistance in building up the new case and development, and clearly LVMH Watch Division President and Zenith CEO Jean-Claude Biver is imparting a sign here that LVMH is prepared to put heavily in technological turn of events, another shot across the bows of Rolex, which remains the leader in traditional watchmaking innovation.