The Most Beautiful Watches You Didn’t See at Baselworld: Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage Revolucións

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While we saw some incredible pieces at Baselworld 2014, some of the most incredible pieces are ones that the public didn’t even get to see. Case in point? Zenith recently produced three one-of-a-kind adaptations of its iconic Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage. Dedicated to Simón Bolívar, Che Guevara and Emiliano Zapata, these timepieces never even made it to Zenith’s Baselworld booth.

Instead, these timepieces dedicated to emblematic South American revolutionary figures were sold during a dinner hosted by Haute Time, Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour, Jean-Claude Biver, the Head of the Watches Division of the LVMH Group and Hublot Chairman, and Rick De La Croix, Hublot’s Exclusive Partner in the Americas.

Housed in a mahogany box adorned with corner trims and an oxbone lock, the three timepieces were snatched up by a private customer at the dinner for $1.2 million. That sale, along with the presence of Zenith ambassador Felix Baumgartner and KISS drummer Eric Singer, made it a very memorable night!

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Eric Singer, Seth Semilof, Jean-Claude Biver and Rick De La Croix

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Felix Baumgartner and Jean-Frédéric Dufour
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Jean-Frédéric Dufour and Jean-Claude Biver
Take a close up look at the incredible detail on these limited edition pieces:

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Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage Revolución Tribute to Simón Bolívar
Housed in a 45mm 950 platinum case, the caseback of this timepiece features a gold hand-crafted portrait of Simón Bolívar, Bolívar on his horse, and his sword and pistols. The gold gyroscopic balance-wheel counterweight features a micro-painting of the Southern hemisphere. Reference 40.2213.8805/36.C714
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Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage Revolución Tribute to Ernesto “Che” Guevara
Housed in a 45mm 18K pink gold case, the caseback of this timepiece features a gold hand-crafted portrait of Che Guevara and his partisans, the Cuban flag, the ocean and the island of Cuba. The gold gyroscopic balance-wheel counterweight features a micro-painting of the Southern hemisphere. Reference 18.2214.8805/36.C713
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Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage Revolución Tribute to Emiliano Zapata
Housed in a 45mm 18K yellow gold case, the caseback of this timepiece features a gold hand-crafted portrait of Emiliano Zapata, a rider on horseback and a cactus. The gold gyroscopic balance-wheel counterweight features a micro-painting of the Southern hemisphere. Reference 34.2210.8805/36.C713

Photo credit: Haute Time. Additional photos courtesy Zenith.

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