2012 is the year of the “Pilot” watch for Zenith, with three new Pilot models out this year. Shown here is the Zenith Pilot Doublematic, featuing the “world time” function shown clearly on the outer flange of the dial. Personally, I have never been a big fan of worldtime watches, but no doubt the watch market has seen many many “world timer” watches launched by many different brands the past year or two (particularly this year, it seems). Anyway…a few things to note on this Zenith Pilot Doublematic: in addition to the world time capability, there is also a chronograph and an alarm function. The alarm is activated and set by a pushpiece button and crown at 8 o’clock. On the dial, a pierced Ruthenium black and red hand shows the time set for the alarm, while an opening at 8:30 confirms that it is turned on (alarm power reserve also shown). Personally, I’d go for the new Zenith Big Date Special (which I will show you soon) or theMontre d’Aeronef Type 20 Pilot’s Watch over this piece, given a choice. Thanks to my watch friend Lukasz who runs Chronos24 for the “live shot”, below.
Zenith Pilot Doublematic WorldTime Watch
45mm pink gold or steel case, automatic mechanical El Primero 4606 (two barrels — time and alarm)