ZENITH - Starissime

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The Starissime Open Minute Repeater is the result of the successful alliance of unrivalled watchmaking know-how, glamour and perfect aesthetics. A unique timepiece to be worn as much for its beauty as for the watchmaking technology inside it. To appreciate it fully, we need to remember briefly how it came about.

Considered the most successful expression of the art of watchmaking, the Minute Repeater was created for pendulum clocks and pocket watches over 300 years ago when people used candles for illumination, so that the time could be "read" at night. 

Nowadays, it is a rare Watchmaking House that is capable of putting such a marvel into a wrist watch. ZEN1TH has not only done it, ZENITH has managed to combine the Minute Repeater mechanism with the legendary EI Primero Chronograph. This Hyper Complication, a world first in the watchmaking industry, is equipped with the new 4043 caliber, comprising a total of 461 components and 45 rubies. To combine these two complications, ZENITH developed and patented a system that enables the chiming mechanism to bypass the chronograph axes. This is done by making the chime rack a single, extremely complex part with teeth that drive the hour and minute concentric gathering pallets.
Then comes that magic moment when the complication becomes poetry in motion. Activating the winding lever in fact makes our jewel of a watch start to sing the time. We quietly leave the wild rhythm of our clocks behind in order to live time rather than allow it to drive us. Time thus becomes an ode to life and every moment is a symphony. A bass note for the hours, a treble note for the minutes or two notes for the quarter hours, all is melody. The transparent openings of the mother-of-pearl dial embellished with a musical key offer a glimpse of the harmonious ballet of the hammers whilst the baguette diamonddstudded case lights up this exceptional timepiece. 

You will have realised that a complication of this kind does much more than sing the time; it offers us a way of orchestrating our lives and making every moment a melody.

Movement : NEW Open El Primero 4043 Automatic. Calibre: 13 1/2``` (Diameter : 30.50 mm). Height: 10.36 mm. Jewels: 45. Components: 461. Frequency: 36’000 V/h (5Hz). Power reserve min.50 hours. Finishings: 22-carat white gold oscillating. Weight set with 153 diamonds (full cut, Top Wesselton, pure to VVS, approx. 0.29-ct).
Fonctions : Hour and minutes in the center. Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. Chronograph : Central seconds hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, minute-repeater with slide lever at 8 o’clock.
Case & Hands : Material : 18-carat white gold set with « baguette » diamonds (Top Wesselton, pure to IF-VVS, approx. 10-ct). Diameter : 42 mm. Diameter opening : 31 mm. Crystal : Curved sapphire glass with antireflection treatment on both sides. Case back : Transparent sapphire glass with engraved ZENITH stars. Water-resistance : 30 meters.
Dial : Hand-made gold dial with Mother of Pearl. 18-ct white gold hand-mounted applique and Star opening at 10 o’clock set by hand with diamonds (approx. 0.3 ct).
Strap : Hand made Galuchat strap. Buckle : 18-carat white gold triple folding buckle.

Strap : 27.00.1914.640
Buckle : 27.31.0011.940