ZENITH: The Future of Swiss Watchmaking
Since 1865, Zenith has been guided by authenticity, daring and passion in pushing the boundaries of excellence, precision and innovation. Soon after its founding in Le Locle, Zenith gained recognition for the precision of its chronometers, with which it has won 2,333 chronometry prizes in just over a century and a half of existence: an absolute record. Famed for its legendary 1969 El Primero calibre enabling short time measurements accurate to the nearest 1/10th of a second, the Manufacture has since developed over 600 movement variations. Today, Zenith offers new and fascinating vistas in time measurement, including 1/100th of a second timing with the Defy El Primero 21; and a whole new dimension in mechanical precision with the world’s most accurate watch, the 21st century Defy Lab. Energised by newly reinforced ties with a proud tradition of dynamic, avant garde thinking, Zenith is writing its future… and the future of Swiss watchmaking.
Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate mechanical watch with an unprecedented oscillator, and the gateway into this universe, the Classic 41mm. At Zenith today, the future of watchmaking can be summed up in four letters: DEFY. A modern collection encompassing various degrees of horological complexity.
1969 was a historical year for the watch industry that saw Zenith present the world’s most accurate seriesmade chronograph: the inimitable El Primero. Alongside its highfrequency movement, The Chronomaster also stands for an emblematic design recognisable at first glance. Beating at 5Hz and powering a tenthofasecond display, the El Primero 400B calibre drives central hours and minutes functions, small seconds, chronograph and date, while ensuring a more than 50 hour power reserve. The domed sapphire crystal, round pushpieces and knurled crown accentuate the powerful build of the Chronomaster.
A class of its own With its imposing case, easily adjustable wide fluted crown, oversized luminescent numerals and Manufacture movements, ZENITH’s Pilot Type 20 range proudly flaunts the DNA of a line of airborne conquerors. Available in various vintage styles with a choice of time only or chronograph, in 40mm or 45mm sizing, and fueled by an adventurous spirit exactly like that of the aviation pioneers that the Manufacture accompanied right from the early days of flight, what’s not to love?
Refined lines, simplicity and refinement. With its distinctive pebble shaped ultra-thin case and slightly domed dial, Zenith’s ELITE line is as discreet as it is captivating. Stylish and timeless, this is the urban elegance must have. Finished with a fluted crown and ergonomic lugs perfectly moulded to the wrist, the slender curves of the ELITE incorporate all of Zenith’s watchmaking expertise with Manufacture mechanical movements. This classic design pairs modern accents with a streamlined form to produce a timeless look sure to please those who appreciate stylistic minimalism where perfection is in the details.