July 18, 2014 | Zenith
July 18, 2014 | Zenith
July 13, 2014 | Zenith
In 1997 Zenith produced a professional pilot chronograph designed to meet the needs set fourth by the French Ministry of Defence. Specifically, the watch needed to remain highly precise, regardless of the g-forces (up to 11 gs), as well as resisting variations in pressure, temperature, and magnetic fields. The result, was the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow, made for the elite fighter pilots of the French Air Force.
This is the Zenith Captain Elite Central Second. It is presented in a 40 mm by 8.15 mm steel case with a domed sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment and a silver-toned sunray finish dial. The rose gold facetted hour and minute hands, and hour markers, contrast against the silver dial nicely. Seconds are indicated via a blue central hand. The date is shown at 6 o’clock.
One of the most talked about Zenith timepieces for 2014 has been the Zenith El Primero 410 Triple Calendar Chronograph with Moon Phase indication and new silver-toned dial. The new El Primero 410 comes in a 42 mm by 12.75 mm case and features a box-type sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
The first automatic chronograph
As you may have already read, the longstanding claim that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph has recently been disproven after facts came to light that actually show Louis Moinet’s invention 5 years earlier (1816) was truly the first chronograph. Needless to say, the history of the chronograph is not a clear cut subject, and the history of the first automatic chronograph is no less confusing. In fact, it is actually even more confusing, as there are numerous companies who claim to have invented the first (self-winding) chronograph.
January 9, 2014 | Zenith
January 5, 2014 | Zenith
Introducing the new Zenith EL Primero 410
This is the new El Primero 410 which combines Zenith’s famous 5Hz chronograph movement, with triple calendar and moon phase complications and a new silver-toned dial. The case dimensions are the same as the current 42 mm Zenith El Primero’s except, this is slightly thinner at 12.75 mm. The case is steel with a mixture or brushed and mirror polished surfaces. It comes with box-shaped crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The new EL Primero 410 has a beautiful new silver-toned sunray finished dial, with snailed finished contrasting subsidiary dials. (While the silver-toned dial is all new, the watch was already released in slate grey dial (pictured below) earlier this year.
This is a brief Hands-On look at Zenith El Primero 36’000 VPH in stainless steel. The 42 mm by 12.75 mm stainless steel case features alternating polished and brushed surfaces. On the wrist, it feels great, and looks smaller than the dimensions suggest. A good thing. Oh, and we are currently testing the 38 mm steel model, so expect a full review soon.
Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chrono
We told you about the new limited edition Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph last month. Yesterday, we had our first opportunity to see it in the flesh.
What you notice right away when you pick it up is how light it is. From the titanium components used both on the case and in the movement — to the high-tech case with its ceramized aluminum core and carbon fiber shell — the watch weighs in at only about 45 grams.
September 23, 2013 | Zenith