Limited Edition: Zenith’s Newest Corporation

Mr. Porter, one of the online destinations for men’s style, has announced that it has partnered with Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith and British watch customiser Bamford Watch Department in creating a new watch. Co-creating a project and product of this nature is a first for all three partners in this undertaking. Mr. Bamford and his team worked alongside Zenith in the design of the watch, which was then entirely developed and produced in-house at Zenith’s Manufacture.

Based on the Zenith Heritage 146 model, the Chronomaster El Primero Mr. Porter takes cues from several of the brand’s historical design elements. These subtle touches include the tachymeter inspired by a 1971 El Primero, a red seconds hand, aesthetic reminders of a vintage chronograph case and centric sub-dial rings hark back to the old Zenith recorder tell-tales and motion detecting clock.
Its unique dial comes in the colour “Solar Blue”, also sporting a terrific colour gradient. The Chronomaster El Primero Mr. Porter comes with a central hour and minutes hand, as with a central chronograph seconds. At 9 o’clock you’ll find the running seconds, at 3 o’clock Zenith has placed the 30-minute-counter of the chronograph. No date window disturbs the beautiful synchronicity and balance of the dial.
The most distinctive feature – and our favourite by far – are the unusual minute-markers and the internal tachymeter scale. The latter makes for a clean, sleek bezel. Above the dial arches a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.

The stainless steel case sports an universal diameter of 38 mm and is water-resistant up to 10 atm. The case back is transparent and engraved so the owner can observe the oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève motif.
The Chronomaster El Primero Mr. Porter is powered by the powerful calibre El Primero 4069. It works at a frequency of 5 Hz and provides a power reserve of at least 50 hours.

The Chronograph comes with a blue Alcantara strap featuring white stitching designed to complement the white dial markings.
Each of these 25 limited-edition watches will be exclusively available on Mr. Porter.

Limited Edition: Zenith collaborates with The Watch Gallery

Renowned for their unique and dynamic designs, Zenith is soaring into the stratospheres of the luxury watch universe. This is a brand that exists to challenge, dare, follow and pioneer the pursuits of those who push the boundaries of possibility.
Inspired by such iconic missions as Felix Baumgartner’s Stratos sky-dive, Zenith has made its 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. This is a brand that truly believes that for every goal achieved, there is another to work towards and this is what the watches reflect.

croppedimage620349-3And now Zenith is marking an exciting collaboration with prestigious British luxury watch retailer, The Watch Gallery, bei the exclusive unveiling of the Zenith Pilot Extra Special, a 35-piece limited edition pilot’s watch recognised for its oversized onion crown and striking vintage Arabic numerals. Zenith, which has a relationship with aviation that goes back to the early days of heavier-than-air flight, remains the only Swiss watch brand with a licence to print the word “pilot” on a watch dial.

resizedimage620412-4Powered by one of the brand’s suite of highly accurate in-house Elite Calibre 679 automatic movements and featuring hour, minute and central seconds hand, a minimum 50-hour power reserve as well as Arabic numerals shaped entirely from Super-LumiNova, the 45mm Zenith Pilot Extra Special with stainless steel case and crown offers a number of exclusive bespoke features in The Watch Gallery’s signature blue. These include a blue dial, blue stitching on the brown alligator leather strap and engraving on the case-back – thus clearly identifying the link to The Watch Gallery and the limited edition number.

Priced at £4,950 the Zenith Pilot Extra Special will be available throughout The Watch Gallery’s Zenith outlets: The Wonder Room, Selfridges, Oxfordstreet, London/The Watch Gallery, Westfield London/The Watch Gallery, Exchange Square, Manchester. For more information and ordering this piece online visit www.thewatchgallery.com

Zenith El Primero Stratos becomes the first watch to break the speed of sound with Felix Baumgartner

Wearing the Zenith El Primero Stratos, Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule suspended from a balloon in the stratosphere at an altitude of more than 39 km last summer.

The chronograph Baumgartner was wearing is actually available for anyone to buy. The stainless steel case displays Baumgartner’s motto, “Learn to love what you have been taught to fear.” The dial is protected by a nostalgically domed version of the second-hardest substance known to man: sapphire crystal. The automatic movement powers a flyback chronograph, which means that timing intervals can be reset without having to first start and stop—a necessary function when the short amount of time at one’s disposal under duress can mean the difference between life and death.

The fact that one of Zenith’s timepieces was the first to break the sound barrier in a near space environment with Felix Baumgartner once again proves the brands reliability under extreme conditions.

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