This Zenith is the most accurate mechanical watch ever made

It's a true technical tour de force, and it looks great too

Zenith has just unveiled the Defy Lab, which claims to be the most accurate mechanical watch every made. Quite a claim, we know.

The Swiss watchmaker has achieved this by inventing a new single-piece oscillator, which replaces the traditional hairspring/balance wheel assembly.

Instead it contains the Caliber ZO 342, a singe-component oscillator, which vibrates at a remarkable 15 Hz (or 108,000 vibrations per hour). This is around five-times greater than a standard mechanical timepiece.

The new oscillator is made of monocrystalline silicon, and replaces the standard 30-component regulating organ. This eliminates traditional assembly, adjustment, testing and lubrication, and reduces wear and tear.

Despite the high frequency, the Defy Lab has a 60-hour power reserve, and it's daily rate is precise to within 0.3 seconds.

For comparison, to achieve an official COSC chronometer certification the piece must been accurate to between -4 and +6 seconds.

Check out some more pictures of the piece:

It's not just inside Zenith has pioneered. The case is made from 'Aeronith', an ultra-light aluminium alloy which is 2.7x lighter than titanium, and 10-percent lighter an carbon fibre.

I think it looks awesome as well.

Zenith has made a series of 10 introductory pieces, each priced at 29,900 Swiss francs (around £23,000).

But, if you missed out, the Defy Lab and Caliber ZO 342 is expected to go into serial production in the first quarter of 2018.

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Spencer Hart
Style and Travel Editor

As the Style and Travel Editor at T3, Spencer covers everything from clothes to cars and watches to hotels. Everything that's cool, stylish, and interesting, basically. He's been a part of T3 for over seven years, and in that time covered every industry event known to man, from CES and MWC to the Geneva Motorshow and Baselworld. When he's driving up and down the country in search of the greatest driving roads, he can be found messing around on an electric scooter, playing with luxury watches, or testing the latest fragrances.