El PrimeroSee Collection
The Zenith El Primero Heritage
The El Primero Collection is named after the famous Zenith El Primero movement. The movement beats at 36,000 VpH making it the most accurate series-produced mechanical movement. Making an El Primero movement involves 9 months of work, 20 watchmakers 5,500 operations. Each movement is created from start to finish at the Zenith Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. 180 different versions of the El Primero have been made in 500 different variations. Complications powered by the El Primero include a tourbillon, flyback chronograph, rattrapante and the famous striking 10th. The El Primero Chronomaster has an openwork dial providing full view of this great mechanical invention.
The Zenith Pilot History
The 20th Century was dominated by aeronautics, and Zenith accompanied the history of aviation right from the beginning. When Louis Bleriot completed the first successful crossing of the English Channel by plane in 1909, he was wearing a Zenith watch. The Zenith Pilot Chronograph design is inspired by the timepieces used by such aviation pioneers. The traditional look is powered by the modern equivalent of the jet engine; Zenith's fully in-house El Primero movement. The Zenith Pilot embodies a long-established heritage in aviation watches.
The Zenith Captain Collection
The reputation of Zenith's Manufacture at Le Locle was built on its ability to produce the most reliable marine chronometers which were used by ships for navigation at sea. It was this spirit of adventure that Zenith tried evoke when it introduces the Captain range in 1952. To be captain of a ship was the highest honour and was a reward for hard work and respect from your peers. This is the motivation that goes into the construction of each of the Captain line. The dial design references vintage 1950s models, but technically the Captain range is very contemporary. Complications include power reserve indicators, moon phase, second timezone indication and the new Captain Winsor Annual Calendar.
The Zenith Heritage Series
The Heritage range is a modern tribute to Zenith's extensive history. The watches featured in this range make reference to a particular time or place that was significant in building the brands excellent reputation. The collection includes Mens and Ladies watches of various sizes. The New Vintage 1965 is the only square Zenith watch in The Watch Gallery's current range. There are also ultra-thin Mens watches ideal for those who like their timepiece to fit under the cuffs of their shirt. The Ladies range also includes ultra-thin watches with complications such as moon phase indication. These pieces are elegant but also very difficult to produce.
Zenith have made their own mark on history. The El Primero calibre was the first integrated automatic chronograph movement beating at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour.
Zenith was founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot at the age of just 22. For almost 150 years the brand has held a reputation for producing high quality watches with exceptionally precise movements. Zenith produces their own movements in-house at Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. The most famous of these movements is known simply as the El Primero.
Introduced in 1969, the El Primero beats at an incredible 36,000 VpH and is seen by many as the standard bearer for all mechanical watch movements. In 2013 Zenith produced an Exclusive Limited Edition of 10 El Primero Chronomaster Power Reserve for The Watch Gallery.