A classic expression of the most iconic complication.

Captain Tourbillon

The first classic tourbillon with a three-hand display in the Captain Collection, the Captain Tourbillon conceals beneath its understated elegance a world of perfectly mastered complexity. The construction of a tourbillon is one of the most difficult horological feats to accomplish. This mechanical device enhances precision by counter-balancing the gravity-induced disturbances affecting the regularity of the balance. The correction is achieved by the fact that the balance and the escapement spin on their own axis. And when the Manufacture Zenith develops a tourbillon, it is bound to beat at a high frequency, thereby confirming the authenticity of a brand that has been pushing the boundaries of precision for almost 150 years.
Within an asymmetrical design, the Captain Tourbillon unveils the wealth of its mechanism featuring an off-centred rotating carriage that performs one rotation per minute and incorporates a small seconds hand. While the timepiece is above all classic by nature, it also pays homage to the Zenith heritage by picking up the codes that have forged its identity: an automatic El Primero calibre, a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, a 50-hour power reserve, and a dial generously revealing the movement.

Elegance and tradition
Distinguished by restrained, understated lines composing a pure structure, this model also gives a nod to the design codes of the 1950s Captain watches through its dauphine-style hands and hour-markers. The elegant dial is graced with a brushed silver-toned centre, a grained silver-toned hour circle and a polished minute circle with a velvet finish. Meanwhile a transparent sapphire crystal case-back provides a chance to admire the El Primero 4041 S movement, a miniature mechanical masterpiece equipped with 199 parts and the world’s only tourbillon beating at a high frequency, with a 25% higher number of to-and-fro balance movements than on other constructions.
The exterior is on a par with this precious mechanism. The 40 mm case in 18K white or rose gold displays a particularly refined curve achieved by a double stamping operation. In its gem-set version, the Captain Tourbillon features a bezel adorned with 46 baguette-cut diamonds. Precious stones that are equalled only by the inherent richness of the movement driving this model that so perfectly embodies the Zenith values.
The epitome of horological refinement, enhanced by an alligator leather strap fitted with a triple folding clasp in white or rose gold.

Captain Tourbillon


Technical Data

El Primero 4041 S, automatic
Calibre: 13¼ ”’ (Diameter: 30 mm)
Thickness: 7.65 mm
Components: 199
Jewels: 25
Frequency: 36,000 VpH – (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishings: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” pattern.

Hours and minutes in the centre

The carriage is positioned at 11 o’clock
The carriage makes one turn per minute
The small seconds display is on the carriage

Case, Dial & Hands
Material: 18-carat rose or white gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Diameter opening: 34.45 mm
Thickness: 12.85 mm
Crystal: Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Dial: Brushed silver-toned centre, grained silver-toned chapter ring, polished velvet-finish minute track
Hour-markers: Gold-plated rhodiumed or black rhodiumed, faceted
Hands: Gold-plated rhodiumed or black rhodiumed, faceted

Straps & Buckles
Alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining
18-carat gold triple folding clasps