Zenith recently unveiled a high-tech version of its El Primero Striking 10th that combines a titanium and silicon movement with a carbon case. The 100-piece limited edition is a really more avant-garde version of its El Primero Striking 10th, a watch which debuted in 2010 and which features a center-set seconds hand which sweeps the dial once every 10 seconds (i.e. one second every 6 ticks).
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Zenith continues its tribute to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus with this fancied-up 10-piece limited edition featuring a superbly enamelled, engraving and micro-painted caseback. See it all, below!
by Kyle Stults on August 13, 2013
This watch is a “refresh” of the Zenith Rainbow aviation watch which first debuted as the Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback in 1997. The 1997 Zenith El Primero Rainbow was based on specifications established for the French Air Force, with a primary colors (R/Y/G/B) incorporated into the dial. The “Rainbow” was later manifested in the forgettable Zenith Defy Rainbow (pictured below). This year Zenith brings back the bright colors of the Rainbow as the El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow Boutique Edition, made of black Alchron (a lightweight aluminium and titanium alloy) with an aluminum bezel disc insert. Priced near $8,500.
Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow Watch
limited edition 250 pieces exclusive to Zenith boutiques
45.5mm x 14.1mm Titanium + Aluminum alloy case, automatic mechanical El Primero Calibre 405 B (column wheel flyback chronograph movement, 36,000 vph)
sub-dials: minutes counter at 3 o’clock, hours at 6 o’clock and the small seconds at 9 o’clock; chronograph sweep seconds in red
Zenith Rainbow Flyback (1997)
Zenith Defy Rainbow
Here is a brief look at the Zenith El Primero Power Reserve, a 10- piece limited edition made exclusively for The Watch Gallery of London. Reflecting the boutique-exclusive nature of the watch, the blue accents on the dial and strap are unique to this watch. This watch features a power reserve gauge (‘Reserve de Marche’ ) on the dial. The case is 42mm stainless steel, with an automatic mechanical El Primero caliber with 50 hrs reserve fully wound.
This particular piece also has an open dial, which in combination with the sapphire crystal display back provides many nice views of, the El Primero movement of the watch.
This article was contributed by Harleen Johal. Harleen blogs about on watches on behalf of The Watch Gallery.
by Kyle Stults on May 29, 2013
These are two of several impressive pieces from Zenith that I saw this year at Baselworld. I continue to be impressed with Zenith and the direction the brand is headed, and their Pilot’s collection is undoubtedly a part of their success. Shown here, the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT in steel and the Special Edition (500 pieces) Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT “Rouge Baron” (Red Baron) with DLC-finsihed titanium case, have many admirable qualities. I’ve got all your details and analysis, below.
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Good looking piece.
939-piece micro-mechanical movement masterpiece…25 pieces @$280,000 per…
As part of the Geneva festivities last month, Le Locle-based Zenith presented two new watches. I will get to the classy Captain Winsor Annual Calendar (a boutique-only watch) at a later date; right now we are going to take a closer look at the new Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane. As you can see, this is a somewhat unusual looking piece — with its “bubble” and all the visible components — with impressive mechanics underlying it all. I’ll break it all down — with lots of high-res looks — below.
Click through to see more of the incredible Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricance
by Kyle Stults on October 15, 2012
***RED BULL STRATOS MISSION SUCCESS***
AUSTRIA’S FELIX BAUMGARTNER EARNED HIS PLACE IN THE HISTORY BOOKS ON SUNDAY, OCT 14, 2012 AFTER SUCCESSFULLY JUMPING FROM AN ALTITUDE 128,100 FEET, REACHING 833.9MPH (MACH 1.24), AND PARACHUTING SAFELY TO EARTH.
AND HE DID IT WEARING A ZENITH WATCH! Perpetuelle brings you live photos of Zenith watch on Felix Baumgartner’s wrist at mission completion, below!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL INVOLVED IN THIS HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT.
Views from 128,100 feet above the Earth, on the way out and down!
Below photo: from a prior training mission
Felix Baumgartner said after his jump: “When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is you want to come back alive.”
Like the recent mission by James Cameron to the bottom of the ocean (taking a Rolex watch with him), this is a historic achievement and a huge win for Zenith watches.
Here are the first official images of Baumgartner and the watch – a Zenith El Primero Stratos Chronograph – on his wrist when he landed safely on Earth.
And here is the actual watch, post mission. Do you think a man can glance at his wrist while falling at Mach 1?
by Kyle Stults on October 09, 2012
Win a Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Watch (Details at Bottom)
LIVE VIDEO FEED OF RED BULL STRATOS MISSION
LIVE52 years and 2 months ago, a man, his gondola and balloon ascended to 102,800 feet — the edge of space. That man, Col. Joe Kittinger, then jumped to Earth. That’s him, above, on the cover of LIFE in 1960. At this time, no one really knew if a human cold survive a jump from such an altitude. Kittinger lived to tell.
Update: slight weather delay again!–Launch @ 11:15 MDT.
Today, in less than 10 hours, extreme explorer Felix Baumgartner (and Zenith Watches Ambassador) will attempt to do the same — except from a record breaking, stratospheric 120,000 feet above the Earth. That’s almost 23 miles! The mission is called Red Bull Stratos. Zenith is also one of the main sponsors of the mission.
Wearing the all-new El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronograph, Felix Baumgartner will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for more than 50 years and smash four world records:
- the highest manned balloon flight
- the highest freefall
- the longest freefall time
- and, for the first time in history, breaking the sound barrier with the human body
You can follow the mission live at http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/. There is also a wealth of information on Baumgartner, the science, the technology — basically everything involved in the Stratos Mission at http://www.redbullstratos.com
For me, my one and only hope is that the mission goes off safely. At 120,000 feet, there is no room for error. And because this has never been done before, there is also an element of the unknown that also makes the mission dangerous.
Life or death — there is no in between when you are at the edge of space. Kinda like Jim Cameron’s recent mission to the bottom of the ocean (with the Rolex Deepsea Challenge).
Godspeed, Felix Baumgartner, godspeed.
Now, there is one last thing — you can win a Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, specially launched in celebration of this epic challenge! All you have to do is make a guess as to where Felix Baumgartner will land — just pick a point, any point, on the map. The closest pin to the final landing spot will win. .The five runners up will win a selection of Red Bull Stratos merchandise. Big thanks to Zenith for the wonderful contest to commemorate what is hopefully a safe, successful and world record setting event. Good luck!
Recalling a neat story I came across some time ago over at Watchuseek posted by this kid Mick Mooren, I now see that Mooren has launched his own brand of watches (pictured below) called Mooren Watch. Based in the Netherlands, Mooren is just 19 years old; trying to create something distinctive, he calls his watches “new vintage” and even states so on the dial. Mooren states that “the concept behind this watch is to incorporate vintage details in a modern, but still timeless design. In this way the New vintage watch is supposed to be a distinctive watch, but with respect for the watchmaking heritage.” I would say the design is distinctive, as is the lugless case design (like another brand here in the US, Xetum), and with youth and passion on his side it will be exciting to see what Mooren can make of the competitive world of independent watchmaking.
I wish you all the best, Mick! Perpetuelle readers check him out at http://www.moorenwatch.com
Mooren New Vintage Watch
42mm steel case, automatic mechanical ETA 2824, two dial options (black, white) and straps (black, brown)
Prices are about $833 in the U.S. and non-EU, 839 EUR in the EU (with 19% VA tax) – order direct at Mooren website
Don’t miss the aforementioned story on Watchuseek (HERE) –
The gist is that Mooren fortuitously acquires and restores a 1973 El Primero chronograph movement, writes a letter to Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour proudly telling him of his work, whereupon Mr Dufour returns the love for the budding young watchmaker and Zenith fan by sending him a NOS dial for his vintage Zenith watch with El Primero chronograph movement….it’s a great story with a great ending…
Mooren’s fully restored 1973 Zenith El Primero Chronograph
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