This year at Baselworld, Zenith launched a new model called the Elite 6150 – powered by a new in-house movement.
Zenith says that the “movement is the contemporary version of the famous Elite base movement developed in the early 1990s – an ultra-thin caliber that earned the title ‘Best Movement of the Year’ when presented at the Basel Fair in 1994.”
The new caliber 6150 was enhanced with a 100-hour power reserve by way of an additional mainspring (twin barrels). It was also upsized to 30 mm in diameter to better fit modern-sized watches. In this case, a 42 mm diameter watch. Thankfully, the caliber is only 3.92 mm thick, allowing for a case just 10 mm thick. Definitely not “ultra-thin” (even though Zenith thinks so) – but thin, nonetheless.
The polished stainless steel case features a curved bezel that blends seamlessly with the domed sapphire crystal. Even the dial is curved. An open caseback reveals the new 35 jewels, 195 component automatic in-house caliber, which beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph). The designers omitted the date function in favor of a minimalist look that indicates just the time: hours, minutes, and central seconds.
The silver-toned dial features hollowed hour markers that form groves. Interestingly, they alternated double and single markers, every other hour. The minute track is printed on the outer edge of the cambered dial. The hour and minute hands are leaf-shaped, with a rhodium finish, and a baton-type central seconds hand. The steel crown is decorated with a relief engraving of the Zenith star logo. The Elite 6150 is presented with a black alligator leather strap, with a protective rubber lining and steel triple-blade folding clasp. Water-resistance is 30 meters.
The Elite 6150 is powered by a reworked version of a popular 1990s Zenith movement, boasting an impressive maximum power reserve of more than 4 days. The watch has a swanky modernist vibe that’s a refreshing change from the homogeneous three-hand designs we’re accustomed to. It will hit the market in November for $8,300.