Mar 5 2008$500,000 Watch Isn't Worth It, God I'm Poor


The Zenith Defy Xtreme Tourbillon ZERO-G El Primero watch has a long name, costs $500,000, and I don't get it.

In a veritable technical revolution, ZENITH Manufacture has devised the Zero-G system, in other words zero gravity! The gyroscope cage Tourbillon comprises an escapement mounted on cardan joints rather like marine chronometers. The instrument, which is sensitive to changes of position, is kept in a constant horizontal position, thereby ensuring optimal amplitude for the spiral balance-wheel. Coordination is provided by an invention patented by ZENITH: a second gear train is the reference point for the swinging of the escapement axles and a differential gear with inverter compensates all the relative movements of the framework. The Zero-G Tourbillon, whose cage alone comprises 166 of the 294 parts that make up the device, 10 conical geared wheels with spiral teeth and 6 ball-bearings, was developed from the El Primero automatic caliber that beats at the record speed of 36,000 vibrations an hour.

Did that make any sense? I didn't actually bother reading past the part the word "veritable", but that's because I knew I wouldn't understand what they were talking about. So someone give it to me straight -- does this watch allow you to travel back in time or not? Because if the answer is not then it's a freaking ripoff. Besides, what sort of a-hole with $500,000 to spend on a watch needs to know what time it is anyway?

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Thanks to Patricio, who actually wears a million dollar watch, for the tip

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All that and the $59.99 atomic clock is still more accurate. Hmm.... More money than brains doesn't seem to apply. Maybe Idiot with money?

#1: the accuracy of an atomic clock can be debatable (parts, price, etc.).

If you want a real tourbillon watch, look no further than Stauer Graves.

It has more moving parts AND has jewel movements, which is better to have than ball bearings. You can buy the SG watch and still have $498,000.00 left over. True you can get a walmart watch and still have $499,995.00 left over, but I go for class.

My personal favorite though, is this one:

Oh and for anyone curious or who cares or who doesn't already know, "Tourbillon" means "whirlwind." Being an amateur horologist myself, I can say that the description falls short of interesting and amazing (read: gimmick).

Stauer's are crappy Chinese made watches that claim to be more than they are.

Wait, so this watch'll work upsidedown and shit? Sweet!

I've had a this Timex for about 8 years. (4 or 5 bands, 1 battery replacement)

Still works great...and lights up. Does this $500k watch light up? Eh? Eh?

If i wanted a compass, a clock and something bulky enough to only fit in a backpack, I'd go to REI and get one. I mean 500,000 for something that would cover your entire arm? really?

#3: I was about to ask if you were stupid, but your comment clearly answered that question. You're wrong, and you should do some research before saying crap you know nothing about.

i w=onece had a straus and it brokee twice. so i took it open and saw paper and shits/ crappy chineses watches by strauss god wish i hadnt wasted my life iwth one

Oh wait! I'm 3 nanoseconds late to my appointment... Damnit!

i use my phone. the less i have to remember in the morning the better.

I am an amateur whorologist. It only cost me about $200 every couple days. On good days I'll bump it up to $500 for an around the world. And I know exactly what time it is when they start yelling and screaming 'Get off me, already, times up!, I am totally telling RayRay on you!'

What's up with this watch???
I don't get it, whats the zero gravity thing...

Ok, that is just totally expensive, anyways I would rather have this watch it has every thing you need

I forgot website

#2, Really? Debatable? How? Is that because the Nation Institute of Standards and Technology Atomic clock in Boulder, CO is THE definition of time in the US? How is a clock that receives it's updates from the clock that defines time less accurate? Parts? It's an electronic device, there are no moving parts. Price? A $15 atomic clock that receives radio signals from the Atomic clock is exactly as accurate as the $300 model sitting next to it. The clock itself does not determine the time, it's time is set by the atomic clock in Boulder. Today's atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 30 million years. Is the Stauer that accurate?

#15: Thank you for explaining to me how an atomic clock works; even though it's common knowledge and pretty much everyone knows about. I'm not talking about the accuracy of time, I meant that the clock doesn't fully rely on precision has to constantly update itself to keep accurate. It's not a watch you set and will continue to be accurate for the life of the watch. That's what accounts the poor build quality.

So no, it's no, it's not as accurate as the precision-built jewel-movement-based timepiece next to it that costs 20x as much. In any case, my point is that this watch is crap and way too expensive, and I'd rather get a stauer graves timepiece, which have been a benchmark for horologists for a while (as the swiss timepieces have been too).

you all are a bunch of fagggssss

tHincK BIG !

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